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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
« on: December 28, 2012, 10:21:01 AM »
Just picked up this lens about a week ago. I looked here for a thread but did not see one.

All with the Canon 7D

Bare lens F-4.0


With the older 1.4 ll T.C. wide open 5.6


Bare lens F4.0 66.6% crop


Bare lens F4.5


Bare lens F-6.3 with fill flash


Pics with the 500 ll and 300 ll with and without T.C.'s are here: www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos
Just opened a web page: www.birdsthatfart.com



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Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 09:51:20 AM »
Wow,

that is AWESOME! I'm thinking so hard about buying that lens but couldn't justify it already. Are you using it only for birds?

Btw why the hell is your website birds that fart???  :o

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Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 10:48:44 AM »
Seriously need to do something about the website name. It's unique I'll give you that, but honestly I don't think it's something I'd be advertising even if it came with a great behind the scenes story.

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Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 10:51:42 AM »
really like the second image (blue bird with black+green background)! congrats on the new lens, I wish I could "pick one up" but then I'd probably get 'picked up' soon afterwards by the police

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Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 01:50:58 PM »
Isn't there another web site that is "Birds as Art".  I'd guess this is a play on that, maybe trying to capture all the miss typed google searches.  :-*

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« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2013, 07:12:49 AM »
Lovely images, interesting site name though.
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« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2013, 07:19:14 AM »
Very interesting. You whet my appetite for this lens!

Now I do not have an APS-C camera like 7D. I do have 5D II and 5D III.

I wonder if 5D III with more enlargement will have equally good results...
(I am short of just a 500mm f/4L IS II to find out  ::) )

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Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2013, 09:05:12 AM »
Amazing !!! Bravo...

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Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2013, 10:02:12 AM »
Isn't there another web site that is "Birds as Art".  I'd guess this is a play on that, maybe trying to capture all the miss typed google searches.  :-*

Do birds fart?

Heck yes, they could clear a room  ;D

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Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2013, 10:47:20 AM »
I dont have the 500 but I have the 600 f/4 and I can tell you the image on the 5DIII compared to the 7D is much better even with cropping.  5DIII is 22MP compared to 18MP on the 7D.  Than add onto that lower noise and improved AF system.  I no longer use the 7D for wildlife.  I use the 5DIII now exclusively.

Very interesting. You wet my appetite for this lens!

Now I do not have a APS-C camera like 7D. I do have 5D II and 5D III.

I wonder if 5D III with more enlargement will have equally good results...
(I am short of just a 500mm f/4L IS II to find out  ::) )

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Re: Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS ll USM
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2013, 08:59:55 PM »
Birds that fart, Never had a comment on it before.
I am a hobbyist.  Tried a few names and it didn't fly so I got mad and tried this and it worked.  So I figured no one would see it anyway... I blog there and put up a few reviews on the Sigma 300mm 2.8 prime Sigma 500mm prime. And the only two lenses I own in the Canon mount . The 500 II and the 300 II. It is a place for me. Not for anyone else really. I am retired and wanted a place to blog and post a few pics. And so cheap and easy to put up a web page. 2.50 dollars a month?

Actually if Pentax, which I have for the Sigma lenses ever comes out with a camera that will AF pretty good. I may start shooting with Pentax and Sigma again. The 300 is killer sharp without a t.c. and the 500 is also pretty good. They are so small I love the size and with Shake in camera will make a killer combo IMO.

 East Wind Photography, I read your review about the 1DX and 5DIII. Very good read and very informative. You put allot of time into that. I personally like the 7D for the reach. And the spectacular resolving power. I now use the 1D mark IV and it is so much better AF it is amazing. I am not a FF fan for birding. It was a compromise buying the IV waiting on the 7D II or what ever the name will be. If FF ever gets to the pixel density I like for birding then I would MUCH rather have a FF camera for sure. Great article

I bought the 500 II because it is lighter than the older 500 IS which I sold to buy this one. I travel daily and the old 500 was just too heavy for me. I thought about the 600 II but it is too big and heavy for me. My only concern was the reach with the FF cameras. But I knew I could always pick up a IV used ( which I did ) for my work. And I was hoping for a 7DII to go with the 500 II.

When the new 7D II comes out I will go for that one if the AF is improved. It will be my birding (dream machine).
All those little pixels WOW, I cannot wait.

Gary

 
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« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2013, 09:14:47 PM »
Birds that fart, Never had a comment on it before. Actually flickr is where my main photo gallery is. Over 2000 pics now of birds. www.flickr.com/photos/avianphotos
I am a hobbyist.  Tried a few names and it didn't fly so I got mad and tried this and it worked.  So I figured no one would see it anyway... I blog there and put up a few reviews on the Sigma 300mm 2.8 prime Sigma 500mm prime. And the only two lenses I own in the Canon mount . The 500 II and the 300 II. It is a place for me. Not for anyone else really. I am retired and wanted a place to blog and post a few pics. And so cheap and easy to put up a web page. 2.50 dollars a month?

Actually if Pentax, which I have for the Sigma lenses ever comes out with a camera that will AF pretty good. I may start shooting with Pentax and Sigma again. The 300 is killer sharp without a t.c. and the 500 is also pretty good. They are so small I love the size and with Shake in camera will make a killer combo IMO.

 East Wind Photography, I read your review about the 1DX and 5DIII. Very good read and very informative. You put allot of time into that. I personally like the 7D for the reach. And the spectacular resolving power. I now use the 1D mark IV and it is so much better AF it is amazing. I am not a FF fan for birding. It was a compromise buying the IV waiting on the 7D II or what ever the name will be. If FF ever gets to the pixel density I like for birding then I would MUCH rather have a FF camera for sure. Great article

I bought the 500 II because it is lighter than the older 500 IS which I sold to buy this one. I travel daily and the old 500 was just too heavy for me. I thought about the 600 II but it is too big and heavy for me. My only concern was the reach with the FF cameras. But I knew I could always pick up a IV used ( which I did ) for my work. And I was hoping for a 7DII to go with the 500 II.

When the new 7D II comes out I will go for that one if the AF is improved. It will be my birding (dream machine).
All those little pixels WOW, I cannot wait.

Gary
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« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2013, 09:26:42 PM »
Lovely pictures Gary.

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« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2013, 09:47:51 PM »
Can't wait to get my rental of this lens!

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