« on: July 04, 2013, 11:04:54 PM »
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.
You have some lovely shots there, and 10/10 for the domain name birdsthatfart!! That's brilliant.
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!