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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.....

I have always had issues with the extenders with my previous lenses, even the 800mm with the 1.4 III extender...soft pictures when enlarged.  I took my new 600 II and my new 1.4 III extender to Tanzania back in February and my results were amazing...no more soft pictures even when enlarged to very large sizes...perhaps you need to have Canon look at your equipment?


Lenses / Re: How's the 70-300L?
« on: March 15, 2013, 10:07:57 PM »
I just took my 70-300 to Tanzania and had it on my MK IV most of the time, while I had my 600 II on my 1DX....The 70-300 performed superbly as my wife used it and got some very nice shots at the max aperture.....It is a very fine lens....Oh, and before I forget, the combination of the 1DX and the new 600, WITH THE 1.4 EXT. is as fine a long range camera set up as there is...the pictures that I got with the extender were as good as the ones without using it....THIS IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS FOLKS....If you are contemplating the 1DX and/or the new 600 and doubting either for any reason, STOP THE DOUBTING....unbelievable I all I can say!!

EOS Bodies / Memory Cards--What is the absolute best?
« on: December 06, 2012, 11:18:31 PM »
I have used SanDisc cards since I switched from film to digital cameras.  I shoot a 1Dx and a MKIV.....what is the absolute best card that I can put in my cameras?

Lenses / Re: Is the EF 800 f/5.6L IS Due for Replacement? [CR2]
« on: November 19, 2012, 06:57:10 PM »
Any predictions on the price?  Perhaps as much as $20K

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