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sanjosedave

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Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« on: October 31, 2013, 09:53:05 PM »
I have a 60D, 70-200 2.8 and a 2x converter. On the 60D this works out to 610mm.

Going up to visit some of the wildlife preserves near Sacramento, focusing on Colusa and Willows.

I'm thinking of renting a 500mm f4 for the weekend. I'd appreciate any hands-on with the 500mm


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Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« on: October 31, 2013, 09:53:05 PM »

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Re: Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2013, 10:04:47 PM »
I found the IQ on the version II excellent in the very brief time I had with one; It is hand-holdable for a shot or three.  I'd get a monopod at least for it, particularly on a crop body.

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Re: Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2013, 05:41:59 PM »
I don't own a 500 F4, but used to own a 600 F4 and now use a 300 F2.8 & 800 F5.6). Once you get the hang of the weight and bulk any of the Big White Canon lenses will reward you with excellent images. If a tripod is awkward a mono pod is a good idea as it get get a bit tiring.

Warning: if you rent this lens you will be smitten! You will pine for it until you can sell a kidney and get one.

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Re: Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2013, 10:56:47 AM »
I own the 500II since about half a year and I can only say that this lens cured my GAS. There is simply no room left to improve gearwise, after a V2 supertele lens. I use it exclusively handheld and I have to disagree with Jim Saunders -> I can handhold it all day long. Of course you can't hold it to the eye the whole time but you can usually find a place to support your elbow (your knee for example).

I wrote a post about my experiences a couple of months ago. You can find it here:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=14283.msg258392#msg258392

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Re: Wildlife Lens feedback - experience with 500mm f4?
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2013, 10:56:47 AM »