« Last post by Jack Douglas on December 08, 2016, 10:13:57 PM »
1DX2 + 400 DO II + 2X III is all the weight my aging body can handle hiking. And that's assuming I stay fit
Don't be pessimistic. I bet you will happily upgrade from 1DxII to ...1DxIV
There is also another distant future trick: You may exchange your 1DxII for the latest 5D (Mark VI, whatever). That way you will sacrifice fps but you will have a lighter system
But you are right the combination you have is at the limit ... for me too. Actually maybe my limit is a little less heavy. I was walking holding my 400DOII+1.4XII+7DII all the time with no issues. Also I was able to handhold almost continuously (and I mean it because I was in a boat and shooting) for about one hour with no issues. A few days before I tried to do the same with my 500II+7DII. It took me one month to stop feeling my hand as a little tired (So 500II for me is best when in a car)
Yes, Tron, it's one thing to feel tired from shooting and quite another to have a type of injury due to the weight and length of shoot. So far I just get tired. I appreciate the smaller diameter of the 400. We all know that eventually age catches up with us and in my case my daughter is waiting in case I can't handle it. However, would she really want that weight, that remains to be seen since she hasn't tried it. A 6D sized camera might be the solution.
There is no question in my short time with the camera, the 14 fps is addictive. One shot is now two or three with slightly different head angles etc. to choose from or an eye open vs. one closed sometimes. If you have 10 fps it probably isn't as striking but the 6D was 4 1/2.