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The smaller size of the 500 II would make it easier to travel with, especially by air.  As you say, the most significant differences are the cost and the 100mm of focal length.  I'd say the 500mm would be better for wildlife and birds, whereas the 600mm is better for birds and wildlife.  Since the latter more closely matches my interest, I went with the 600 II.

I had an elementary school teacher  who when teaching set theory tried to tell me that 3 x7=21  was not the same as 7 x 3 = 21, some how the order of the number of sets  and number in the sets  was important to determining that there were 21 total  items. :)

Both are great lenses.   Personally I went with 500mm for the lighter weight, even though my interest is birds and wildlife.

Lenses / Re: Next purchase 300mm f/2.8 L II - should I sell the 100-400?
« on: November 28, 2013, 12:12:40 PM »
I would keep it.
For some activities being able to zoom is critical.
I use a 150-500mm Sigma for airshows not my 500 prime.  As the plane passes along the flight line you need to adjust the focal length to keep all of it in frame.   

Lenses / Re: The price you paid for your 70-300L ??
« on: November 26, 2013, 05:13:09 PM »

Scroll down to the bottom of the link and you will find the price of the lens in US dollars ofver the past couple of years.  You will also see that the lens is frequently on rebate.

I prefer the 100-400 IS L replacement instead of the 200-400 Extender, because it´s really a pain to travel with the 200-400 Extender. It´s to heavy.

The weight of the lens is balanced by the lightness of the wallet. ::)

Lenses / Re: Things to get when you purchase a 600mm?
« on: November 15, 2013, 03:18:43 PM »

LensCoat:  I used it without one for 8months but since I was always walking through bush, I decided to get it and protect from scratches.

If you get LensCoat then the included lens cap with the 600II doesn't fit very well so either a LensCoat Hoodie XXXX or a Don Zeck cap is in order.  Without LensCoat the new markII caps work great and no need for an aftermarket one.

Replacement foot, I use RRS one now but have the 4th Gen convertible CRX-5 low mount one on the way (intended to use with my new 300II but I'm going to try it on the 600II also).

+1 For a lenscoat for scratch protection. You can get plain ones, they don't have to be camoflage. I cut the       transparent plastic off to give me access to the controls
+1 For the LensCoat Hoodies for when you have a lenscoat on 
+1 For the CRX-5, I'm using it on a 500mm

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Tamron 150-500mm f/5-6.3 VC on Thursday
« on: November 13, 2013, 04:03:23 PM »
I'm happy to confirm that I will have my hands on a pre-production copy sometime over the next month or so.  I'll let you know everything that I'm allowed to share during my review process.

good to know

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 02:24:34 PM »

What I expect to see and would be less willing to buy...

EF 35mm f1.4 II L
EF 50mm f1.8 IS
EF 85mm f2.0 IS
EF 135mm f2.0 IS > with the 200mm quietly dropped
EF 300mm f4.0 IS L
EF 400mm f5.6 IS L
45mm & 90mm tilt shifts replaced

Wild cards ?

How about a 600mm or 800mm with built in 1.4x extender or a 50mm f1.0/0.95 or an autofocus lensbaby style lens ?

Dream on ;-)

I think you will see a 100-400mm replacement before a 400mm f5.6.  Canon sells about 10x as many of zoom compared to the prime.

Lenses / Re: Lots of New Lenses Coming in 2014 [CR2]
« on: November 10, 2013, 02:20:32 PM »
I shall get the new 100-400 the day it becomes available.  8)

I'll wait six months till the price drops.

Having used a 600F4 (not mine... wish it was...) the difference between the latest long lenses and the old designs is night and day... it really spoils you... The 400F5.6 is not a sharp lens. Modern zoom lenses like the 70-200F4 are significantly sharper and even with a teleconverter can out-resolve the 400F5.6 , and when a zoom lens is sharper than a prime, you know the prime needs to be re-worked.

Not sure this is going to happen.  Look at  the 200mm F2.8L.  The 70-200mm zooms have gone through two or more iterations and are now arguably sharper.   The 200mm f2.8L is about the same vintage as the 400mm f5.6L, both were stellar lenses in their day, but the trend now is for zooms.  Just be glad canon has kept producing the 400mm. No one else has anything comparable.

Lenses / Re: Gateway lens
« on: October 09, 2013, 10:41:50 AM »
Sigma 10-20mm f4.5-5.6 HSM. 
I started with a T1i and the 18-55mm 55-250mm and 50mm f1.8.
The Sigma was my next lens purchase and the focussing speed compared to the other lenses  impressed the hell out of me. 
My next lens was the 200mm F2.8 L and again the focusing speed  was incredible.  A long list of USM, HSM, USD lenses have followed.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why CSI agents used only Nikon Cameras ?
« on: September 17, 2013, 05:18:10 PM »
Isn't it obvious?

The higher dynamic range of the Nikon camera's is what enables them to pull so much detail when they enhance their pictures. ::) :P

Well I thought it was funny.
The magic they can do with photographs is only surpassed by the speed with which they can do DNA tests.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Why CSI agents used only Nikon Cameras ?
« on: September 16, 2013, 05:18:30 PM »
Isn't it obvious?

The higher dynamic range of the Nikon camera's is what enables them to pull so much detail when they enhance their pictures. ::) :P

Lenses / Re: Is the future USM or STM? Or both..
« on: September 12, 2013, 04:19:38 PM »
STM is not a replacement for USM, but for micromotors in consumer lenses.  Its likely cheaper to make.

I also think you might see USM become restricted to L lenses, with STM for the non-L. 

Lenses / Re: 70-300mm IS due for update
« on: September 12, 2013, 12:23:40 PM »
Just get the Tamron 70-300mm VC USD.
Better build
faster focusing
similar optics
lower cost

Canon isn't the only option.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Rumored Sigma Lenses Coming in the Next Year
« on: September 09, 2013, 04:57:20 PM »
400mm f2.8 OS - keep it under $3k. ::)

Since their current 300mm f2.8 is already 3.4K  a 400mm f2.8 is likely to be closer to 6K.  It would still be half the price of a Canon.

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