70-200 2.8ii w/ 1.4x at 280mm
70-200 2.8ii w/ 1.4x at 280mm
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I walk and cycle a lot with this lens and always use a Black Rapid shoulder strap for carrying. It works flawlessly and balances the body and lens very well.
Also bought a Don Zecklens Cap which I am very happy with.
Contrary to another writer above I always - always - use it with the hood on. All that glass up front and no protection? Hmmm... YMMV.
Finally, remember to microadjust. Mine needed just a twist on each of my bodies. However, almost only shooting wide open I could see it at once.
My first ever hummingbird photos! (I'm mostly a sports/people shooter)
... with distracting nearby "scenery" that almost caused me to miss the shot!
Beautiful "scenery" ... after a while of watching, I can see Smiley appearing slowly.
While a but "corny" for some, check out "Old Tucson Studios". It is a recreated old western town where many films and TV shows have been filmed. A fire a few years back destroyed some of it but they've rebuilt some of it and there are opportunities for some interesting photos and backgrounds.
Depending on your interest and time allowances, you might want to go to the town of Oracle and check out the Biosphere, a huge greenhouse like structure that was allegedly built as a self-contained environment meant to replicate what might be done for space travel in the future.
South of Tucson, about an hour or so, is the tiny town of Tubac, and "artsy" community set in the desert that makes ro some interesting shopping, walking and photography, as well.
- Desert Sonoran Museum (natural zoo)
- Saguaro National Park (I think west is nicer than east)
- Tombstone and Bisbee
- Pima air museum
I highly recommend Sun Xavier mission near Tucson--it can be gorgeous if the lighting is just right.
As for the boneyard, it is truly an amazing place to photograph and I was lucky enough to do so a few years ago when I knew the base commander there. If you don't know someone on base, I understand there are bus tours, but at the time, I was told the bus tours don't allow photography. That may have changed. You'll definitely need to check that out ahead of time.
If you can go north a few hours, Sedona has the gorgeous red rocks to photograph.
thanks Vived...much appreciated. I'm going to look into the boneyard and the sun xavier mission.
As someone else noted in a post after mine, the correct spelling of the mission is San Xavier. (The dark side of auto correct.) As for it being one big white building in the desert, it is. But I personally find it to be architecturally interesting and I like the fact that you can photograph it without clutter in the background. The good news is, is that it is been photographed many times and you can go online and see in advance if it is something you'd like to go visit in person. It's all personal preference.
I have an induro tripod and ball head ....and I like them both very much. They seem very well made.
I have an Induro monopod and I like it a lot, it's rated to support 50 pounds. I can't seem to find a lens that weighs 50 lbs for rent, though! 1000mm f/2...
In Glacier National Park.
A wild Golden Eagle dines out on Red Fox