« on: December 02, 2013, 09:28:49 PM »
I picked up a 6 gallon compressor over the weekend for half price...so I can blow the dust off my sensor....
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Actually, reviewes suggest that both are excellent.
For landscape I would go for the 5D3 because of the extra pixels, excellent IQ, less weight and lower cost.
If shooting moving subjects is also your target (and no money and weight constraints) I would buy the 1Dx.
Once you add a battery grip to the 5D Mark III the weight and size advantage is lost. What remains is the excellent silent shutter plus those extra pixels.
If you can afford it and want to have the best DSLR out there, then, by all means, get the 1DX.
I think this fits in with the thread title
Just curious as to how many of you carry this lens around without a tripod / monopod and for how long.
My shooting needs are primarily for wild life. This lens will be on loan for about 10 days starting this friday 11-22-13 and all I have handy is a
1)Gitzo monopod (GM3551 6X Carbon Fiber Monopod )
2)Benro Travel Angel tripod (modelA-269M8 TRA269)
3)Acratech GP-s ballhead
4)Manfrotto 701HDV video type head which I know is not ideal for bird shooting.
Both heads and both Monopod and tripod can support about 25 lbs+ as I recall. I do realize when mounted, the lens will be front heavy and if on the Travel Angel tripod one leg should be straight out in front of the lens for proper support along with the neck strap of the camera avoiding a tip over.
I can comfortably carry the 5D M3 and the 400mm 5.6 L for about 3 hours on all sorts of hiking trails or so and not be fatigued. Given the 600 is much more bulkier and heavier I was hoping to do additional preparation given the above scenario with mentioned current gear. I was also considering (I have the equipment) to do a DIY Black Rapid sling as in this video which I believe I found in this forum many months ago. DIY: DSLR Shoulder strap w/ quick release and tripod support (read description)
I have a back pack for cameras the Flipside 400AW. I think this lens will just fit as I recall its about 18" long.
Open to any thoughts, suggestions, tips, questions from anyone who has used this lens personally and has chosen to carry it around or at least try.
Thank you in advance.
This is my first post. Grey Heron in Flight, shot at Nagarhole National Park in Karnataka, India.
1DX, 600mm f/4, ISO 250, 1/800.
Just wanted to chime in regarding buying RRS in Europe. I live in Denmark and have bought various stuff including the LCF-53 replacement foot for my Canon 200-400 which I am really satisfied with btw. I went with a German based dealer which has pretty much all the accessories you can think of getting for wildlife and nature photograhy. They are not cheap, but I recommend them highly for fast delivery and restocking of soldout items. Check them out for yourself: http://www.augenblicke-eingefangen.de/catalog/index.php
Big thank you for the link. I´ve been looking around on most of the biggest camera gear stores here in Sweden but at least on their websites they don´t have as much gear as this one. From this site I can buy all except the lens itself instead of looking all over Sweden stores to find them. Here I have leveling base, leg warmers and more stuff that I have been looking around a lot to find.
The tripods from RRS are very expensive and I guess I will go with a Gitzo anyway because there are limits on how much I want to spend. Most of all because I want more lenses and so on in the future as well and what I spare on a Gitzo instead of a RRS I can spend on other gear instead.
I´m getting more and more clear what to look after. A whole RRS setup might be the best but very expensive.
So with other words:
Gitzo Systematic series 3 the XLS because of the flexibility.
Wimberley gimbal head. Might go with the side mount (not the sidekick).
Leveling base. Might be the RRS leveling base.
RRS lens replacement foot.
Quick release plate. Not sure which one to buy. Suggestions?
Teleconverter 1,4 mkiii
Drop in polarizing filter.
As mentioned earlier this is really new to me so I´m not to sure about all the stuff yet. One question.. The quick release clamps you can buy is that something that needs to be added or is the clamp on the gimbal head good enough?
Also been thinking a while of a better beamer but not sure yet. Not that much of a investment so I can look at that one later. It will also take a couple of month more for me to save some more money before I start pressing buy-buttons. The lens itself I think I actually will look for the best price in the local stores and go and get myself instead of order on the web. Like carrying your baby home for the first time. Haha.
Thank you all.
Here's what I use with my 600 II:
- Backpack: I have the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II, works great, holds the 600 with body and 2x TC mounted. It's too long for airline carryon, the Lowepro Flipside 500 AW would work for that (bare lens), but I'd rather pack the hood in checked luggage and carry the lens on in my Storm im2500 hard case.