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Is the 800mm a hand holdable lens? 800mm owners/users please reply.

 
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Jan 29, 2009 19:19 |  #31

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Dude, change your shirt.

And be more careful with spaghetti.

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based on how red it looks like your head is turning...how handholdable is it:lol:

Coming from work, and working outdoors one has a tendancy to get dirty and exposure to the sun will and does make ones skin a tad red specially if your fair skined.

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Jan 29, 2009 19:20 |  #32

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Ouch. You guys are a tough crowd...

I highly doubt that they would say that to my face , so Im not very worried.:D


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Jan 29, 2009 19:22 |  #33

i would...it's called a joke...


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Jan 29, 2009 19:42 |  #34

Using a monopod will help with just about any lens. Yes, if am using TCs especially a monopod with the 400/5.6 is a nice combo.


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Jan 30, 2009 17:03 |  #35

gasrocks wrote in post #7216325 (external link)
Using a monopod will help with just about any lens. Yes, if am using TCs especially a monopod with the 400/5.6 is a nice combo.

oh i realize that, and i realize a tripod is even better for any lens, I'm just saying that in general, if one has to pack light, if its a realistic expectation to be able to handhold the 400 f/5.6 outside at say ISO800 and still get VERY usable results, even if shooting into trees


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Jan 30, 2009 18:41 |  #36

I probably shouldn't tell you that I never go above ISO 400. I shoot wild birds at low shutter speeds (1/100 or so,) since I want the greater DOF I get at f/13, there abouts. I also have done BIF and dragon flies and sweat bees in flight with MF. I'm not bragging, just trying to set you off to many practice sessions where you try to improve your skills - always a handy thing.


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Jan 30, 2009 20:34 |  #37

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For me the 600 f4 IS is not handholdable, the 400 2.8 IS is very very difficult to handhold, but the 800 5.6 IS is definitely handholdable.

Very comparable to 500 f4 + 1.4 convertor but with a improved IS mechanism. Of course this is relative just as everything is in life.

I totally agree. The 800/5.6 IS handles much closer to a 500/4 IS than the heavier 600/4 IS or 400/2.8 IS.


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Jan 30, 2009 21:41 |  #38

gasrocks wrote in post #7222832 (external link)
I probably shouldn't tell you that I never go above ISO 400. I shoot wild birds at low shutter speeds (1/100 or so,) since I want the greater DOF I get at f/13, there abouts. I also have done BIF and dragon flies and sweat bees in flight with MF. I'm not bragging, just trying to set you off to many practice sessions where you try to improve your skills - always a handy thing.

Oh i do similar things with my 200 prime actually, of course thats easier to handhold at 100 than a 400 but still :3 Just usually seem to need f/5.6 or f/8 to keep everything in focus

I only ask because i lack a monopod at the moment, ill probubly get one eventually, but i also ponder if ill grab it -everytime- i go out or not


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Feb 24, 2009 07:40 |  #39

Well, I do shoot a 800/5.6 just not the Canon. I use an old Nikon 800/56. on my EOS bodies. I have shot it handheld and got good results but only as a last option and only with high shutter speeds. For me the setup was moving all around but my lens is heavier at around 12 lbs and I was manually focusing it. I would expect a lighter lens with AF and IS would be able to be handheld in some situations and still produce good results. This, of course, will vary per individual.




  
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Feb 24, 2009 08:39 |  #40

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Well, I do shoot a 800/5.6 just not the Canon. I use an old Nikon 800/56. on my EOS bodies. I have shot it handheld and got good results but only as a last option and only with high shutter speeds. For me the setup was moving all around but my lens is heavier at around 12 lbs and I was manually focusing it. I would expect a lighter lens with AF and IS would be able to be handheld in some situations and still produce good results. This, of course, will vary per individual.

Now thats a setup that demands pictures!


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Feb 24, 2009 10:18 |  #41

Here's some recent shots with this combo:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=650098

These are handheld with the combo:

http://forums.dpreview​.com …rum=1029&messag​e=30922166 (external link)




  
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Mar 08, 2009 00:55 |  #42

With a 40d, 5d or 5d2 body the 800L IS is very much hand holdable. The center of gravity of the 800L IS is pretty good and the position of the feet is ideal too when hand holding to shoot or hand holding for transport.

But it isnt a lens I would want to hand hold for transport for more than an hour. Any support like a monopod would be great for extended use.


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Mar 08, 2009 05:21 |  #43

Look how RED he is...:) Unless you can bench press 600lbs and run 20miles without breaking into a sweat...nope! A monopod is recommended!.


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May 11, 2010 08:16 |  #44

Like some one says here, 'hand holdable' is relative. This kind of lens would be for inaccessible wildlife - and may be 'arty/graphic' nature shots!

Hand holdable does not constitute a ramble down Main St or a stroll in the local park!

It's hand holdable if you can carry it for several hours without busting a disc, climb to 5000 metres into the high Himalayas after ibex or snow leopards and come back with a few sharp pictures exposed at max 400ASA, not 64,600 ASA or whatever!!

Carrying an 800 mil lens around is a matter of size/weight/stamina. Taking sharp pictures with it at low ISO speeds is more a matter of technique/practice.

I do not own a 800mm lens but I do own a 7.62mm FN Mk1. Weighs about the same, and although better balanced, is a pain to carry in rough terrain and difficult to be shoot with without first catching your breadth. Anybody planning to use the 800 mil bazooka hand held would do well to train first as a sniper!




  
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May 11, 2010 08:36 |  #45
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cdifoto wrote in post #7209280 (external link)
bw!

gymell wrote in post #7209210 (external link)
It wasn't released until June of 2008.

Math lesson of the day: 2010-2008= 2 years.




  
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