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Jan 12, 2010 16:07 |  #1

I just signed up for a trip to Churchill Manitoba next fall for some Polar Bear shots. These will be daily guided tours (around 10 people in each group) led by a Pro Photag along with a Park Ranger.

My plan is to rent a 500 f4 for my 5d and use my 70-200 f2.8 on my backup body - 50d. I also have use of a 1.4x and a 2x extender but would prefer not to use them of couse.

Anyone have experience in this sort of trip? Any lens suggestions/recomendat​ions? Is 500mm long enough?

Thanks for the help!

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Jan 12, 2010 16:08 |  #2

I'd put the 500 on the 50d and the 7-2 on the 5d, more reach can't hurt, especially if you don't know how close you'll be.


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Jan 12, 2010 16:12 |  #3

That should do it...


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Jan 12, 2010 16:16 |  #4

From what I've seen of the adverts for those sort of trips you often don't need such reach (it can't hurt though and would multiply up your photo opportunities). The 500L works very well with the TCs too, especially the 1.4x, where you'll still have full autofocus.


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Jan 12, 2010 16:47 as a reply to  @ Madweasel's post |  #5

Thanks guys.

I'll have 5 days on the tundra to try out various lens/body combos, but I mainly wanted some input on the long lens. At this point I'll continue my plans for the 500 f4.


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Jan 12, 2010 17:10 |  #6

Ask the people giving the tours to put you in touch with a photographer who has gone before. I have seen tours where the Polar Bears come up to the windows of the van. Won't you feel silly with a 500 when they are 20 feet away. Of course, just as silly with a 17-55 when they are 800 feet away.


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Jan 12, 2010 17:12 |  #7

gasrocks wrote in post #9380780 (external link)
Ask the people giving the tours to put you in touch with a photographer who has gone before. I have seen tours where the Polar Bears come up to the windows of the van. Won't you feel silly with a 500 when they are 20 feet away. Of course, just as silly with a 17-55 when they are 800 feet away.

Well then he'll have the 70-200 on the FF camera which has less reach and would be best, right? :)




  
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Jan 12, 2010 17:19 |  #8

bring a wide angle too :D


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Jan 12, 2010 17:23 |  #9

mikekelley wrote in post #9380414 (external link)
I'd put the 500 on the 50d and the 7-2 on the 5d, more reach can't hurt, especially if you don't know how close you'll be.

That's the first thing I thought.


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Jan 12, 2010 17:26 |  #10

And remember, when a polar bear eats a human, it eats the head first.

Something to think about.


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Jan 12, 2010 17:33 |  #11

I don't think it would be any comfort to know that it would start at my feet!


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Jan 12, 2010 20:28 |  #12

I went to Churchill a few years back, and found the 100-400L on my 350D to be a little short (we were on a Tundra Buggy (external link)).

You'll also want to keep something short handy for when they come right up to your vehicle (external link).


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