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Nov 30, 2009 18:13 |  #271

Toomany can and do you handhold any of your shots? I am doing my research on the 500 so being inquisitive now.

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Nov 30, 2009 22:09 |  #272
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Methodical wrote in post #9110507 (external link)
Toomany can and do you handhold any of your shots? I am doing my research on the 500 so being inquisitive now.

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Negative because I only weight 135lb with a cyclist physique. Strong lower body and very thin upper body. A monopod with a full gimbal head give me enough flexibility for most of the shooting angles. I would never attempt an overhead shot because is hard with a 500L and 1dmarkIII in terms of weight and bulkiness. Also, the shot would not come out good anyway. I don't do BIF shots because I mainly like to shoot song birds and the smaller shore birds too.


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Nov 30, 2009 23:42 |  #273

Good question as well, Is a MKIII and a 500L handholdable? I think of myself as a pretty fit guy, and can hold my own usually. Ohh man, i really am going to pick this lens up quite soon. Hopefully Merry Xmas to me!


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Dec 01, 2009 02:41 |  #274

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500.

I checked the website, the price is about $6000, so how come you bought it less than $6000 with tax also?


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Dec 01, 2009 06:31 |  #275

ErnieT wrote in post #9112320 (external link)
Good question as well, Is a MKIII and a 500L handholdable? I think of myself as a pretty fit guy, and can hold my own usually. Ohh man, i really am going to pick this lens up quite soon. Hopefully Merry Xmas to me!

I often hand hold this lens mounted on a MKIII all day at airshows, with a 300 f2.8 and another 1 series body over my shoulder for closer and larger aircraft - yes it hurts the next day, but it is worth it. :cool:

with wildlife I usually mount it on a manfrotto gimbal head and monopod.


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Dec 01, 2009 06:53 as a reply to  @ Scuff's post |  #276

These are handheld. While I would perfer to use the tripod and gimbal, often it just isn't possible.

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Tareq wrote in post #9112850 (external link)
I checked the website, the price is about $6000, so how come you bought it less than $6000 with tax also?


That was BEFORE Canon rised the price. :) Right now, I believe BH has it for $6400.


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Dec 02, 2009 10:11 |  #279

$6040 gray
$6149 USA

I do believe this lens will be mine by years end. I will ask for a couple hundred off the asking price.

Toomany is this your only lens?

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That was BEFORE Canon rised the price. :) Right now, I believe BH has it for $6400.


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$6040 gray
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I do believe this lens will be mine by years end. I will ask for a couple hundred off the asking price.

Toomany is this your only lens?


Yes, my only birding lens. I do have a 135L, 17-40L, and 100 F2. That's all I really need.


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Dec 02, 2009 17:41 |  #282

Handheld with the 1.4 on no crop.

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Dec 02, 2009 18:19 |  #283

ErnieT wrote in post #9112320 (external link)
Good question as well, Is a MKIII and a 500L handholdable? I think of myself as a pretty fit guy, and can hold my own usually. Ohh man, i really am going to pick this lens up quite soon. Hopefully Merry Xmas to me!

Yes it's hand-holdable.
I'm not a big guy and use it 50/50 mounted or hand held.

But generally, I don't shoot birds (rarely) so make of that what you will.


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Here is a handheld shot....I had to since I was chasing the red tails around the park at the last moment before driving back home. Just grabbed my lens and went for it... After 30sec or so my arms got tired.

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Dec 02, 2009 19:18 |  #285

Wow, these shots are unreal! That red tail shot is awesome! I will have this lens in the month of December!


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