Just buy the 1200mm lens and slap a 7D on it and shoot all the wildlife photography you want from the comfort of your own home
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You must have set the 1d X up wrong, because even if you have a magic 7d and 1d3, the X is still way better. But to use that supersmall spot af will be a poor choice for lowlight and without expansion points the iTR tracking doesn't work. I find the 1d X to be without question the best camera on every level ever produced. I shoot in 12800 f1,4 light with 1/80s and the exposure and af works fantastic!
There are subtle differences. The version II is sharper at all apertures and is lighter. That's about it.
Guys that have Mark I or even the F4 version, don't know what they are missing. Can't say this enough.
APS-C and EF-S should not be linked
There is still always the APS-H, 1.3 crop which in the 1D4 gives more reach than any 1.6 crop
I've been wondering about this myself, is it possible to insure my gear if I'm not a homeowner?
Well, not that this matters much, but are you a pro?
I am. Mostly weddings. I've seen the videos of photogs backpeddling into fountains and dropping gear off of a balcony. I try to avoid that stuff but things happen.
I have seen a number of ThinkTank photo CPS bags out there, do those come with the platinum membership?
The one point of having primes is for the extra stops of light and their reliable performance. Yes the 70-200 II is more than outstanding but even with IS sometimes it cannot have the picture just because the object may be moving too. Turning up ISO means losing IQ so having the extra stop of light is very helpful.
I think anyone would opt for the version II lenses if they couod afford them. Canon does not service the older version 1 lenses anymore, and as remaining parts are used up, you could end up with a unrepairable lens.
Aside from that, weight and need for a paticular focal length are the main things to consider. The 400mm is pretty much the standard for large field sports, but you can use any of the ones you mention.
The benefit of the 500mm is its ability to be handheld, whereas the 400 is not something to use without a monopod or tripod.
I would go for the Ver. II as anyone would if I have the budget, but as I mention in my post, I do not have enough funds to buy them, not everyone can afford these lenses if you ask me so yea, sadly I have to pass them