« on: December 04, 2013, 04:00:18 AM »
I have not purchased the 600mm F4 IS II, only borrowed from Canon at this point still undecided. So many great things of course but a few concerns.
yes, indeed. All of those shots (as marked 600) were in fact shot with that lens all here in southern Cal. Coming off a 400mm 5.6 made it a slightly easier transition in knowing the camera well and bird behavior, their habitats, etc. I will confess, I barely had to do much in Light Room 5, literally. Extremely impressed with the combo's (5D M3 and 600) efficiency and accuracy in acquiring such an accurate image. The first day or two was touch and go until I had culled enough time to get a better handle on what I could have been doing better for then I was home free.
I have contributed about 125 images to a birding app for the iPhone called BirdsEye soon to be released for the Android. Have not sold anything as of yet but have licensed a variety of images (some birds some not) to PBS TV, this birding app and a few conservancy and park groups across the US.
Agreed on that IS 1 and the non-IS is even heavier. The upgrade in my opinion is worth it (used non IS and IS 1 versions) as I know some that won't even carry their lenses around anymore due to the weight and balancing issues.
Geez, I didn't mean to come across that way on the physical / gym part. I should go back and rewrite. My bad. My point was there's hope for many of those who are considering this lens and also for those that have been hauling around the older versions that an upgrade may be worth considering. Many of us enjoy hiking for hours on end and some new comers may have a fear this lens is too big. That was my initial fear prior to getting the lens (that it would prohibit lengthy hikes to great birding areas) and now that I've done it, its more do able than imagined. Personally, adding a tripod, gimbal and all those extras (for me) are too limiting and burdensome. Complete freedom of swinging a lens around in any direction with balance and stability is the ultimate. I felt quite close to this (if not exactly) to using this lens, handheld. Thanks for the words and reply.