This is all very timely. Next weekend I'm going on a day cruise on a restored Liberty ship which will be subject to mock air attacks. I'm taking my 200-400mm and going to have a great day out there in San Pedro, California.
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Hugo, really beautiful work my friend! I can see you like what you do as your images are fun!
Wondering how many will try pulling dark tones on the second pic *drool*
Funniest comment I've seen in a while! Haha.
More stuff I can't afford may be available for others to buy soon!
I would stick with Canon lenses. The series II will give the best performance and retain value very well.
Also, don't rule out the 500mm series II.
The 400 2.8mm would be great, for low light/Auto focus performance. As your mark III can make better use, of the f2.8 aperture for focusing. The weight of 8.5 ish pounds would lead to a good tripod. Yet managable. This focal length would perform excellent for sports.
My overall opinion is mixed.
For me the 400 has great speed, but not enough reach for birds. It would excel at sports though. So as a bird shooter, I did not consider this lens.
The 600 would give the best reach for birding.
The 500 would weight the least and a good cost savings over the 600mm.
So for me, I will most likely get the 600mm. As I want the reach, over the weight advantage.
So it really comes down to what you need. I would rent both lenses. Some stores offer a percentage return on the rental fee. As long as you order one of those lenses, while returning the rental to the store. Henry's in Canada offers this service. I believe it''s through head shots.
This may not be for everyone, but they start on Friday and I'm going, so I can guarantee at least one person will be posting in here.
I was so upset about not getting any swimming tickets I went out and bought a 5D MkIII and a 70-200 2.8 L II lens, so my future posts will be using that.
(I subsequently managed to get some swimming tickets so am now effectively bankrupt)
No flash allowed! ISO 12,800 with 5D Mark III and NR set to 50 in Adobe Camera RAW
Very nice. Thats a lot of DoF for F4. What lens was it?
My first DSLR was a Canon Rebel XS, and I eventually upgraded to a T2i. I was in the same boat as you, debating whether or not it was worth spending the extra money for a full-frame camera. Now that I've made the jump to full-frame, do I think it was worth it? In one word: ABSOLUTELY!
I still have a crop-sensor body for some work (7D), but I use it rarely because I love the full frame advantage. The superior low-light performance and increased shallowness of DOF are added perks.
Full frame IS expensive, but in my opinion, it's well worth it.