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I have the 600 II and am awaiting the arrival of my 200-400 ....  But, neither of them are light, and hand holding them is not as easy as some of you on this board seem to think it is.  Doable, certainly, but challenging, YES.  Way too much lens for a small person or a woman to handle, without being on a tri-pod (Wemberley) or at least a monopod


I am glad someone pointed that out. I keep reading different posts with people saying the 400, 500 and 600 ii lenses are handholdable. They are, but only for a (very) limited period of time.

The 600 ii is just under 4kg add that to a 1D X which is 1.4 kg or something, giving you a combined total of around 5.5kgs.


Not sure about that statement. I have the new 500 II. I have had it for about 6 months and it has  been on a tripod maybe a hand full of times. I shoot daily with it. I also had the old 500 IS and it lived on a tripod. The loss of 1.5 lbs made this a hand hold-able rig for me. The only time I even think about a tripod is when I add a 1.4 t.c. which is very seldom. I shoot small to medium size birds.

99% of what you see here is handheld.
www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos


You have some lovely shots there, and 10/10 for the domain name birdsthatfart!! That's brilliant.  ;D

I guess that it depends on your style of shooting and what you shoot. I do mainly sports which means I am often seated and need to keep the camera pretty much horizontal for long periods of time. I of course use a monopod for this, if I didn't I would tire quickly.

I also have to carry all my gear (a lot of stuff) from the train station/car park to the media centre to the pitch, up and down steps, etc etc which is pretty good work out by itself.

As you are shooting birds mainly, I would imagine that you do not keep your camera and lens up horizontally for very long periods, is that right?

So I think handhodable depends on what we are doing and how long we are keeping the camera at eye level for.

Oh and I know a couple of birds that fart, I may send you their pictures!  ;D 8)


As usual I was thinking of me only. You are right of course. Point well taken. If I were shooting sports and in that arena. I would also be using a tripod and good head.
Yea, send me the pics... :)

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I have the 600 II and am awaiting the arrival of my 200-400 ....  But, neither of them are light, and hand holding them is not as easy as some of you on this board seem to think it is.  Doable, certainly, but challenging, YES.  Way too much lens for a small person or a woman to handle, without being on a tri-pod (Wemberley) or at least a monopod


I am glad someone pointed that out. I keep reading different posts with people saying the 400, 500 and 600 ii lenses are handholdable. They are, but only for a (very) limited period of time.

The 600 ii is just under 4kg add that to a 1D X which is 1.4 kg or something, giving you a combined total of around 5.5kgs.


Not sure about that statement. I have the new 500 II. I have had it for about 6 months and it has  been on a tripod maybe a hand full of times. I shoot daily with it. I also had the old 500 IS and it lived on a tripod. The loss of 1.5 lbs made this a hand hold-able rig for me. The only time I even think about a tripod is when I add a 1.4 t.c. which is very seldom. I shoot small to medium size birds.

99% of what you see here is handheld.
www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon Dual Pixel Liveview Autofocus
« on: July 02, 2013, 09:26:29 AM »
 The movie AF is of interest to me. Will not buy the 70D camera, but if the technology is really that good. Hope they start implementing it in other cameras?  I have tried video with the birds I shoot and it is a real pain. This is a great feature. Right up my alley. I really want to get into wildlife videos. Looks like a fun and interesting hobby.
Things are looking up for me with this technology.

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EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 70D Images Surface Early
« on: July 01, 2013, 10:11:24 PM »
Is this camera suppose to go up against the D7100?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List [CR3]
« on: June 30, 2013, 11:22:18 AM »
I am also really anxious to see the sensor technology. A doctor of engineering I believe, added a remark on another forum that it was impossible for Canon at this stage to catch up with the competition? I know nothing about it but he researched it and came to this conclusion.
Really curious to see if he is right or hopefully wrong? Regardless, it wont hurt the bottom line of Canon IMO. But interesting to see the direction they are headed.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Pick between two options for the Canon 7D II
« on: June 28, 2013, 11:15:12 AM »
So far the 7DII is vapor ware.....  :'(  I personally do not see it ever making it to market. Hope I am wrong. We will see. But I aint waiting on it anymore for sure. The next really good crop camera that comes along and I am shelving the Canon gear.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing AF-tracking 7D, 60D and 70D
« on: June 28, 2013, 11:03:56 AM »
Never tired the 60D but have the 7D. My personal opinion of that camera for BIF is, it is extremely poor. Just from that alone I will not consider the 70D. I am beside myself trying to figure what direction to take. I love crop sensor cameras for birding. Seems Canon has abandoned top of the line of crop sensor cameras. As much as I hate to shelve the canon glass. If Pentax puts out a quality crop sensor camera Canon is going on the shelf. The K-5 is almost there as a pro-summer crop. I think the next one will be just enough to push me back to Pentax and Sigma fast primes. The Sigma primes are almost as good as Canon IMO.


Hi again ,
I can see what you are saying, Gary. I'm a birder as well, but even more so, I am a photographer. So I never carry a telescope and do my long-range observation on the swivel of the 60D using my 500/4.0. Besides I am photographing very shy mammals in deserts and steppes and here, the 500/4.0 sometimes seems unneccassarily heavy. So I am hoping for an ultra-high-resolving (thus cropable) 500/5.6 L IS USM or 600/5.6 L IS USM and a camera that will make the most of it AF-wise so that I can switch from mammals to falcons if needed.

At the moment, a Nikon D300S with the new AF-S 80-400 would probably come closest to these needs. And this IMO might be a combination perhaps preferrable to switching to Pentax.  Should Nikon come up with a lens as mentioned above, I would definately buy into the system, as Nikon AF works pretty well at 5.6 from what I have seen.

Best

We have pretty similar lenses. It gets heavy. I went with an older IV and love it for the AF. The only thing is it is god awful heavy. Combined with the lens it is getting unbearable. Anyway good luck. If it were me and you can lug around a 1D body get the IV used. Best thing I ever did anyway.

Gary

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EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing AF-tracking 7D, 60D and 70D
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:40:23 AM »
Never tired the 60D but have the 7D. My personal opinion of that camera for BIF is, it is extremely poor. Just from that alone I will not consider the 70D. I am beside myself trying to figure what direction to take. I love crop sensor cameras for birding. Seems Canon has abandoned top of the line of crop sensor cameras. As much as I hate to shelve the canon glass. If Pentax puts out a quality crop sensor camera Canon is going on the shelf. The K-5 is almost there as a pro-summer crop. I think the next one will be just enough to push me back to Pentax and Sigma fast primes. The Sigma primes are almost as good as Canon IMO.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Comparing AF-tracking 7D, 60D and 70D
« on: June 28, 2013, 08:31:09 AM »
Never tired the 60D but have the 7D. My personal opinion of that camera for BIF is, it is extremely poor. Just from that alone I will not consider the 70D. 

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon EOS 70D Spec List
« on: June 28, 2013, 07:48:51 AM »
 As a birder not very exciting new for me.

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Lenses / Re: The ULTIMATE Canon lens
« on: June 25, 2013, 01:43:32 AM »
Will the Wimberley II handle it?

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I have two Sigma lenses. One the paint is coming off. Looks just awful. the optics are ok only compared to Canon.
The other has fair opts. I cannot sell either one? Even if the optics are good. So for me it will take more than one or two lenses for me to ever buy another Sigma lens again.

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Dumb question. will the new Sigma crop zoom work on my mark IV? I am fixing to do some traveling I hope. And only want to bring one lens for landscape and people.

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EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 15, 2013, 12:24:22 AM »
I think a good idea. By the time it is here. Computers able to crunch these huge files will be cheap. Storage will be cheaper. Just a win win for me.

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