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Has any hobbyist regretted buying a “big white”?

 
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Feb 21, 2014 08:05 |  #196

Some people who buy Big White Lens buy only them because they can. For some it's all about disposable income and their toys and wanting the best. 5K to 12K may seem like a lot of money to some and to others it's a drop in bucket.


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Feb 21, 2014 11:21 |  #197

I'm a hobbyist. :)

I just placed an order for the 100-400mm as even after 7 years of hobbyist photography, I don't have a telephoto zoom lens. 10-22mm, Nifty 50, 15-85mm, and my beloved 100 F2.8L Macro lens is what I own and SO many times I've been out just wishing I had more range.

I've pondered over a number of different lenses and have decided after reading a lot and looking at a lot of sample images from various flickr account and with it mounted on a variety of cameras, that the 100-400 is where I want to be. Primarly I shoot Macro and take my Wide Angles out on occasion but I've been wanting to shoot wildlife / birds and motor sports for some time now.

Why go for a big white I may be asked, not because I can, I've had to wait a little while to get the cash available for this Lens (UK based so it's not as cheap as other places - I paid £1259 and got a free monopod) but because I feel that, I'll highly likely end up wishing I'd gone for it in the first place and upgrading.


Plus... as someone else earlier in the thread said.. "why the heck not!" :D


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Feb 21, 2014 16:02 |  #198

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And yet people think nothing about purchasing a BMW sedan for basically driving to work and back or for the occasional jaunt around town. That's considered perfectly acceptable, even desirable, ostensibly for the 'pleasure' of driving, even though a Honda Civic would do just as well. But oh no, heaven forbid that someone were to purchase a lens that is a work of art, an exquisite piece of science and craftsmanship, for the same pleasure that a fancy automobile may provide. That is considered wasteful, unnecessary, even unwise. Makes a lot of sense to me... :rolleyes:

that's nice and dandy, but the TS asked a question about buyers remorse. There's plenty of folks that can afford this lens, but if it turns out that it wont be used to it's full potential, you bet there will be buyers remorse, regardless of how much money you have.

people saying "it aint worth it" are simply stating their opinion into a thread that requests such opinions. For TS's use (incidental wildlife, details). I think the 500F4 would be a better fit tbh.

with all the talk of teleconverters, why not just teleconvert the 70-200 F2.8ii and then get the 500F4 to compliment? Makes a lot more sense and more flexible solution.

and I think TS will have buyers remorse as he's one of the bigger gear heads on the board. Should have got that 500/600 instead.


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Feb 21, 2014 16:18 |  #199

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that's nice and dandy, but the TS asked a question about buyers remorse. There's plenty of folks that can afford this lens, but if it turns out that it wont be used to it's full potential, you bet there will be buyers remorse, regardless of how much money you have.

people saying "it aint worth it" are simply stating their opinion into a thread that requests such opinions. For TS's use (incidental wildlife, details). I think the 500F4 would be a better fit tbh.

with all the talk of teleconverters, why not just teleconvert the 70-200 F2.8ii and then get the 500F4 to compliment? Makes a lot more sense and more flexible solution.

and I think TS will have buyers remorse as he's one of the bigger gear heads on the board. Should have got that 500/600 instead.

No buyer remorse here, 600mm would of been too big for me from a weight and size stand point. I wanted something I could hand hold once in awhile and fit in my carry on.


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Feb 21, 2014 16:27 |  #200

Charlie wrote in post #16707265 (external link)
that's nice and dandy, but the TS asked a question about buyers remorse. There's plenty of folks that can afford this lens, but if it turns out that it wont be used to it's full potential, you bet there will be buyers remorse, regardless of how much money you have.

people saying "it aint worth it" are simply stating their opinion into a thread that requests such opinions. For TS's use (incidental wildlife, details). I think the 500F4 would be a better fit tbh.

with all the talk of teleconverters, why not just teleconvert the 70-200 F2.8ii and then get the 500F4 to compliment? Makes a lot more sense and more flexible solution.

and I think TS will have buyers remorse as he's one of the bigger gear heads on the board. Should have got that 500/600 instead.

The thing about the 300 that is so great is it's relatively small size... The 400/500/600/800 are all much too big for my tastes, and would not be easily hand-holdable. I would say 300mm is my "optimal" focal length as well. I would imagine that I will use it bare most of the time. Currently, I use my 70-200 II often with the 1.4x III as I like the 280mm... I figure natively, 300mm would be perfect.

I am not going to regret this lens one bit now that I have seen what it is capable of... I was more-so worried if I would be dissapointed or the IQ did not reach levels I expected, but it honestly is beyond what I expected. I can't ask for a more impressive lens. I think it was completely worth the cost of admission! :D

And I appreciate all the feedback everyone going into this purchase! I am ecstatic with the lens... I can't wait to use it as my go-to walkaround :p:)


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Feb 21, 2014 16:55 |  #201

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I can't wait to use it as my go-to walkaround :p:)

That's something I would love to see! :lol:


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Feb 21, 2014 18:34 |  #202

Ian congrats on the new lens order. You will definitely fall in love with it.




  
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Feb 21, 2014 19:06 |  #203

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That's something I would love to see! :lol:

I have the 300mm f/2.8 IS version 1 and I love the lens but it is not really a walk around lens but it is very versatile. My 300mm will soon be joined by a 600mm II and they will make a wonderful combo.


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Feb 21, 2014 19:09 |  #204

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I have the 300mm f/2.8 IS version 1 and I love the lens but it is not really a walk around lens but it is very versatile. My 300mm will soon be joined by a 600mm II and they will make a wonderful combo.

800mm or GTFO!


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Feb 21, 2014 19:12 |  #205

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800mm or GTFO!

600mm II is more versatile!


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Feb 21, 2014 19:26 |  #206

I know... I'm just pulling your leg! ;)


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Feb 21, 2014 19:45 |  #207

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600mm II is more versatile!

Not if you're doing a 'creeper' wedding shoot. And you're several blocks away...then the 800 is a much better choice!:lol:


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Feb 21, 2014 21:42 |  #208

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Ian congrats on the new lens order. You will definitely fall in love with it.

Thanks :)

Looking forward to it (and screaming in frustration no doubt for the first few days :) )


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Feb 24, 2014 08:02 |  #209

I'm a hobbyist, just made my first step towards the 200mm f2 :)

no more luxury purchases for a few months whilst I save... sigh.




  
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Feb 24, 2014 09:25 |  #210

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I'm a hobbyist, just made my first step towards the 200mm f2

no more luxury purchases for a few months whilst I save... sigh.

It will be worth it!! I was worried I would have big regrets myself, but I have been so blown away by the lens that any worry has gone out the window. I think it was completely worth the money (although high), but it does suck I have to be cheap for the next few months :D When you get that 200 f/2 in your hands you will not mind.

On a side note, my girlfriend thinks the size of the 300 is ridiculous although she supported me buy it… LOL! I told her it won’t look so bad given I am a big guy at 6’6” and 255lbs… It’s all relative… I told her if she was using it (being 100lbs and 5'4") it would look much more drastic. :p


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