If you have a chance, try to rent 85L II, 200L f2 IS and 400L f2.8 IS II
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I'd prefer the 1D X (and not just because I have one). An f/4 lens isn't fast, add a 1.4 or 2x TC and it's even slower. BIF means you need a fast shutter. Mad dogs and Englishmen may go out in the midday sun, but it's not the best light for photography. Putting all that together, BIF often means high ISO, and I'll take FF over APS-C for that any day.
Some may argue about the 'reach advantage' of a crop sensor, but if you're at 600mm or longer, and need to crop deeply due to subject distance, you'll be running into IQ loss from atmospheric effects in most shooting conditions, so there's no real benefit to a smaller sensor.
If money wasn't a big issue would you rather have the 1Dx or the 7D2 for BIF?
So yeah, back to Dylan! Hey man, you're not off the hook! We want to see how you did!
I was contacted this weekend to do a simple wedding ceremony, and I said no because I don't do weddings. .. so I told the lady I would ask my local contacts and no one wants to do it for $200 for two-ish hours. So now I feel bad so I might say, sure, I'll do it despite my better judgement.
Here is one for folks who might like to put together long reach combo's with the 7D2. I shot for an hour or so this morning at Conowingo Dam handheld with the 7D2, 400 5.6L and 1.4x ii tele yielding an effective focal length of approximately 900mm. Sadly, the results were not very good. The 7D2 seems to focus fine at f8. It even tracked reasonably well. You can't use the Zone AF modes but you can use assisted center point and it had no trouble holding focus.
I think the problem probably is the 400 5.6L. I think the 7D2's resolution is about all it can take. It's an old design and I suppose modern ultra-high res sensors may have caught up to the pocket rocket. The 1.4x just puts it over the edge. 900mm is a lot to ask from such a small object lens. Even at 1/3200s the photos are mushy at 100%. I generally like 1/4x-focal-length for BIF's so maybe 1/3600 or 1/4000 would be better. But, stop down to f11 to help sharpness and now you are maxing the ISO.
So, maybe on a tripod for something that moves slower than Bald Eagles you may be able to get something decent but I wouldn't count on it. YMMV. A new body always seems to trigger another Lens upgrade cycle.
Anyway, here is one that is just about as good as I could do. It's not cropped at all. Cropping these was a non-starter. It works fine as a small image but even at page size it's pretty mushy. I think these would likely have been better shot without the 1.4x and cropped but I'm not sure. That is always tough to call.
I suppose if I was just trying to capture a rare animal or some unusual behavior it would be fine as a photo record if that is what you are into. - Brian
Per Canon price watch, street price is 9849.99.
If you pay with a credit card that gives you 1% back, your final it the door price would be 9851.5... I've never bought the street price... do you have to pay cash/check. Would you get a discount for paying cash?
I've decided to eliminate several lenses that I seldom use.
I'm offering my Canon EF 135mm F/2L in Surpurb condition. It is complete with original box and everything that came with it.
I'm asking $775, I'll ship it to any US location for actual shipping cost.
If you are interested, send a private e-mail with any questions.
Kick it in the ass!!
Take your time, relax and try to enjoy the shoot.
Put the 24-70 and 70-200 on each camera and relax. Don't forget to set each camera to Silent Shutter mode.
Share some pics with us later and tell us your war story!!