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Lenses / Re: 400mm f2.8L IS II or 600mm f4L IS II?
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:57:02 PM »
I have rented the 800 but bought the new 600 about a year ago...a better lens IMHO, and with the 1.4 extender a bigger  lens as well...I did NOT like the results that I got with the 800 and the 1.4 III extender either....softened the pictures too much.....

Lenses / Re: 400mm f2.8L IS II or 600mm f4L IS II?
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:54:46 PM »
Sell the 400 and and keep the 600...a no brainer if you are a wildlife shooter....

Lenses / Re: technique advice for a 600mm II
« on: September 15, 2013, 10:53:53 PM »
Get a good monopod.....if you are strong enough to hand hold this lens then you are one strong dude.  I agree with the shutter speed comment.  Faster is better, and for the very best pictures use a good tri-pod with a good gimbal head on it...but this lens is the real deal...sharp as hell even with the 1.4 extender!!  I love mine!!

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 11, 2013, 09:54:18 PM »
Northstar, you heard wrong!

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:41:25 PM »
My 200-400 arrived today....sweet lens...can't wait to give it a workout this weekend.....

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 03, 2013, 04:45:04 PM »
Makes sense to me!

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: August 02, 2013, 09:06:46 PM »
mine was shipped today...took about 3-4 weeks....I suspect that once the backorders are all filled that it will be a normal in-stock lens at the big retailers, just like the 300, 400,500,600 and 800 mm lenses are now.

Lenses / Re: 200-400 Availability
« on: July 26, 2013, 09:55:55 PM »
My original question had more to do with why these lenses seem to be so slow in reaching the dealers.  I realize that those who have pre-paid, or put down a deposit get the first ones that arrive, but once again it seems like this lens is really just dribbling in because I have not found any dealer, anywhere, who seems to be getting this lens delivered in any numbers at all....that was my question.....I appreciate the responses though.,

Lenses / 200-400 Availability
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:38:31 PM »
This lens has been available, on a limited basis, for a number of weeks now.  Does anyone have any additional information on availability or predictions for delivery of more of these lenses?  Thanks.

Being a wildlife photographer, I am probably, with the exception of the 200-400 which I just purchased, always going to move in the direction of the longer lens.  I hve the 600 II and feel that it gives better results than the 800mm that I rented last year on a trip to Svalbard.  Plus the added weight savings with the new versions is nice but still a lot of lens to hand hold for any length of time....monopods and tripods are still going to give you the best results no matter how solid and steady your hand holding is....just my 2 cents worth...I would opt for the 600 in a New York minute over the 400 or the 300, both of which I have owned...but I don't shoot indoors so the 2.8 factor is not important to me....F4 seems to give me what I need 90% of the time.

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 06, 2013, 09:54:09 PM »
Little Bee-Eater
1DX w/600 II Lens

Andreas, I have the 600 II and am awaiting the arrival of my 200-400, which I am excitedly waiting to get my hands on...It is already fully paid for.  With these two lenses, I shoot wildlife, I think that I am pretty set with anything that I will ever want to shoot.  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 mono-pod.....I have had superior luck with my 1.4 III extender with my 600 but I still feel that the 2x, unless everthing is absolutely perfect, softens the pictures more than I want to have to deal with...just my two cents....

1D X Sample Images / Re: Any Thing shot with a 1Dx
« on: July 03, 2013, 05:54:15 PM »
Tanzania, February 1013.....1DX, 600 II lens

EOS Bodies / Re: A Big Megapixel Discussion
« on: June 11, 2013, 09:16:59 PM »
This is an interesting discussion...If this new medium format sized camera is not going in the 1DX type body then I suspect that it will be in the $4K price range?  Seems to me that if they get much beyond that they have the same problem that they have now competing with Nikon's D800, which clearly gets better marks than does the 5D MK III
I am more interested in what this new sensor technology, as applied to a replacement for my 1DX will look like, be, and cost....I mean, how many fps does a wildlife or sports shooter need, 20?  Or more??  I have seen DSLR technology come a long way in the last 10 years...and the current techology today, at the high end of the $$ scale, is pretty amazing...I guess it will be fun, if not EXPENSIVE, to see where it goes next.....we have seen what the latest lens costs are, $18K for the new Nikon 800mm and the 200-400 costing as much as the 600 II costs...oh well, I will be waiting....but I don't expect to see any replacement for the 1DX actually hit the streets before the end of 2015....thoughts??

Reviews / Re: Horrible experience with Adorama camera
« on: June 04, 2013, 05:27:52 PM »
You should deal with Gary at Hunts.....

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