I have one on order with the local Camera Store, but so far no word on when it will become available. I am going to Death Valley in November, so I hope I get it before then so I can do some testing.
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Don't get rid of the S3 IS just yet, it still produces fine pictures (6mp is pretty clean) and the AA batteries are a big plus. SX50 has a considerably weak battery (unless you go out and buy a back-up).
I wish i didn't give my S3 IS away 4 years ago.
I'll be keeping an eye on this. My wife is looking for a camera that is easy to use to replace her 7-year-old Canon point and shoot (Powershot S3 IS). I'm steering her in the direction of a SX50 HS right now so I can borrow it for shooting things beyond the 400mm reach I'm currently limited to with my 6D and 70-200 2.8 II + 2xiii extender.
Since that purchase is probably at least 6 months away, here is hoping the SX60 HS will be available then.
Getting back to the genesis of this post, is anyone out there actually getting their 600's that they have ordered delivered? Any insight as to why Canon is taking so long to get this lens to their customers. I have had mine ordered for some time now and am still waiting to get my hands on it...thanks for your replies!You noted that you have had yours ordered "for some time now" - how long? I have been waiting 2 and 1/2 months now and still no indication from either my dealer of Canon Canada when it is likely to arrive. Greatland, where are you and who did you order it from, not that it is the dealer's fault, but it is still his "problem". My new tripod and gimbal head should arrive in the next couple of days and I would really like to have my 600 II to test it out - obviously not yet .
Question : I see suggestions for the GT3532... or 42. Why not the GT3531 with center column? Will the column make it unstable?
Yes - a center column is 'for emergencies only', raising it eliminates much of the stability you're using the tripod for in the first place. You should select a tripod that's tall enough without considering the center column in the height, and for a supertele, skip the center column altogether. The center column also prevents you from shooting close to the ground.
One suggestion for you and WesternGuy - I recommend getting a leveling base for use with the gimbal. With a ballhead, you can level the camera/lens with the ball, but with a gimbal you need the platform where the base of the gimbal sits to be level. If you have to do that by adjusting the tripod leg extensions, it's a real pain - the leveling base means you don't have to worry about uneven ground, just grab the stem and level it (can easily be done with the lens mounted, try fiddling with the legs like that...).