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Handheld For 5 Days With the 500L

 
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Dec 31, 2010 18:00 |  #1

I movie I recently worked needed me to shoot some long FBI style photos that would be featured in the film. I initially shot them with the 200 f/2L but the director said they didn't look long enough so I rented a 500L and went on a reshoot. Yes, a monopod probably would have been a good idea but I decided this was a good time to do some working out and just sucked it up and lugged the thing around for the full week.

I won't lie. It was heavy and towards the end of the day you could visibly see me shaking but I got through it and will never complain about the weight of any of my lenses again.

Thanks, Lensrentals for a great piece of glass.

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Dec 31, 2010 19:13 |  #2

WOW!


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Dec 31, 2010 19:30 |  #3

Holy cow - a huge Canon lens that looks like a gigantic Cannon. ;)


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Dec 31, 2010 19:35 |  #4

would love to see some of the images you took. also with the 200L for a comparison


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Dec 31, 2010 19:38 as a reply to  @ Zerimar's post |  #5

I'm sure you had a great workout... errr I meant took some great pics :p

show us your results!(the pics, not your muscles)


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Dec 31, 2010 19:44 as a reply to  @ cancan7's post |  #6

Maybe some ppl watching thought "terrorist!! get down, down on the ground!!" :lol:

p.s would luv to see some pics too with this big baby in action ;)


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Dec 31, 2010 19:47 as a reply to  @ orbitechgr's post |  #7

Try moving your left hand a little further out toward the shroud. I shoot the 500 hand held 99% of the time and I find I'm less stable when I "short arm" things.

Helluva lens, eh? :D


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Dec 31, 2010 19:51 |  #8

Yeah ! I'll bet that was a workout ! Were you, and more important, the client happy with what you got out of it ?


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Dec 31, 2010 19:59 |  #9

I am sorry I have to laugh at the last shot. Smashed nose look.


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Dec 31, 2010 20:09 |  #10

FlyingPhotog wrote in post #11549845 (external link)
Try moving your left hand a little further out toward the shroud. I shoot the 500 hand held 99% of the time and I find I'm less stable when I "short arm" things.

Helluva lens, eh? :D

when I rented that thing, I ended up hanging onto the shroud towards the end of the day... no other way for me to keep it stable while handholding :(




  
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Dec 31, 2010 20:28 |  #11

Here are a few from the week. Remember, these are supposed to be FBI style photos so I tried to hide and shoot through things to help make it look more surveillance like.

1 Hiding behind a hill

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2 Hiding behind a bush
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3 Peering around a corner
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4 A portrait just to see how it would look
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And here are some at 200mm that the director didn't like because they didn't look long enough.

5 70-200 2.8 IS at 200mm (remember supposed to look sorta amateur)
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6 200 f/2 (still not long enough for the director)
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Dec 31, 2010 20:34 |  #12

^^ ...fun stuff ! You're a real paparazzi style dude ! Good work !


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Dec 31, 2010 20:42 |  #13

Wow, Must have been some blazingly fast shutter speeds. I can't imagine by the end of the day even a 1/FL would have been nearly sufficient with how heavy that lens is.


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Dec 31, 2010 20:47 |  #14

Image 4, the full length portrait, was shot at 1/80th at the end of the day. The IS is a real lifesaver and works great to lock the lense up when my arms are giving out.


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Dec 31, 2010 21:04 |  #15

aroundlsu wrote in post #11549304 (external link)
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I would expect a lot of elbow-on-knee bracing after 5 days.


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