Scuff wrote in post #7826040
I didn't really want to state the lens as the OP was on a budget, so the image was posted as an example of the view angle and the OOF background.
It was shot with a 1dmkIII and a 300 f2.8Lis at f4.
Oh, and thanks for the kind comments.
SUPER shot but gear wise it is like showing a staving person a banquet table then telling them if they could afford it they could eat.
The OP has a budget in the $300 range and you show examples using, what, an $9000+ rig? Niiiice... I know gear does not make the photographer but it does control what is reasonable to expect.
BTW, I am TEASING because I get the idea you are presenting. The bigger you can open up a lens the better the bokeh will be all things being equal. I am finally getting that part in my head.
I really hope I can drag myself out the AM's with the agility trials with our local show. Not being an AM person, I have yet to make what is actually my favorite part of the show. So I settle for playing with the Saluki's, greyhounds, whippets and the ponies (Deer & Wolf Hounds) along with my buddies the Golden Retrievers. Actually I have so much fun with all the puppy dawgs.
In the mean time it gives me time to consider actually grabbing a 200 f/2.8 II along with a 1.4x TC. I know it would not give me the same results as your 300 f/2.8 IS @ f/4 but it might be worth the effort. I have had my eye on that 200 f/2.8 II just for the dog show anyway plus it is affordable for me right now. I also have been thinking about the 70-200 f/4 or the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 II as an option as well. I really have my eye on that Canon 200 though.