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Canon FD 600mm f/4.5
« on: March 30, 2012, 05:01:35 AM »
heres a roo portrait I handheld this one!
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Canon FD 600mm f/4.5
« on: March 30, 2012, 05:01:35 AM »

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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2012, 04:09:20 AM »
Hand held a 600mm lens without IS?  Ridiculous, and that's not even taking into account that it must have weighed a ton holding that thing. Must have some pretty big guns lol (not talking about lenses)  ;)

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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2012, 07:36:47 PM »
Hand held a 600mm lens without IS?  Ridiculous, and that's not even taking into account that it must have weighed a ton holding that thing. Must have some pretty big guns lol (not talking about lenses)  ;)

its MF only too ;)

the technique I use was set the lens to minimum focus distance, held the lens and camera lookign through the viewfinder, advance slowly then when the image came into focus drop onto one knee kind of in a kneeling rifle shooting position and snapped of a short burst, (only 3 shots, 2 of which were sharp.

definately  not a lens that you can handhold often or for too long since the lens is 4.5kg and the 1D is 1.3kg its quite a beefy combo, much more comfy on a gimbal
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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2012, 03:30:41 AM »
Hand held a 600mm lens without IS?  Ridiculous, and that's not even taking into account that it must have weighed a ton holding that thing. Must have some pretty big guns lol (not talking about lenses)  ;)

its MF only too ;)

the technique I use was set the lens to minimum focus distance, held the lens and camera lookign through the viewfinder, advance slowly then when the image came into focus drop onto one knee kind of in a kneeling rifle shooting position and snapped of a short burst, (only 3 shots, 2 of which were sharp.

definately  not a lens that you can handhold often or for too long since the lens is 4.5kg and the 1D is 1.3kg its quite a beefy combo, much more comfy on a gimbal

Awesome shot. How much does that lens go for? (Too tired to look it up.)
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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2012, 05:07:07 PM »
Hand held a 600mm lens without IS?  Ridiculous, and that's not even taking into account that it must have weighed a ton holding that thing. Must have some pretty big guns lol (not talking about lenses)  ;)

its MF only too ;)

the technique I use was set the lens to minimum focus distance, held the lens and camera lookign through the viewfinder, advance slowly then when the image came into focus drop onto one knee kind of in a kneeling rifle shooting position and snapped of a short burst, (only 3 shots, 2 of which were sharp.

definately  not a lens that you can handhold often or for too long since the lens is 4.5kg and the 1D is 1.3kg its quite a beefy combo, much more comfy on a gimbal

Awesome shot. How much does that lens go for? (Too tired to look it up.)
Could only find one copy on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Used-Canon-FD-600mm-F4-5-S-S-C-Lens-/260881048561?pt=UK_Lenses_Filters_Lenses&hash=item3cbdb8e3f1

£1100 mark?

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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2012, 05:29:22 PM »
Hand held a 600mm lens without IS?  Ridiculous, and that's not even taking into account that it must have weighed a ton holding that thing. Must have some pretty big guns lol (not talking about lenses)  ;)

its MF only too ;)

the technique I use was set the lens to minimum focus distance, held the lens and camera lookign through the viewfinder, advance slowly then when the image came into focus drop onto one knee kind of in a kneeling rifle shooting position and snapped of a short burst, (only 3 shots, 2 of which were sharp.

definately  not a lens that you can handhold often or for too long since the lens is 4.5kg and the 1D is 1.3kg its quite a beefy combo, much more comfy on a gimbal

Awesome shot. How much does that lens go for? (Too tired to look it up.)
Could only find one copy on ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Used-Canon-FD-600mm-F4-5-S-S-C-Lens-/260881048561?pt=UK_Lenses_Filters_Lenses&hash=item3cbdb8e3f1

£1100 mark?

Not too bad for a lens that long. :)
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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 10:18:00 PM »
Thanks! :)
I paid $1400 for mine got it off ebay from japan and its in perfect condition
considering its age not a spec of missing paint and crystal clear glass
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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2012, 10:18:00 PM »

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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2012, 07:33:57 AM »
Fantastic shot! Lovely technique too. How far was the roo?

Before you explained the technique I guessed you to be about 7'11" to do a hand held shot   ;)

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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012, 08:35:49 AM »
No liveview? It was easier for me with such a lens (tried shorter bur with stacked extenders) but it required a LCD viewfinder/loupe. How many shots you tried before selecting this one?
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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2012, 01:58:42 PM »
The bulk of my business involves photographing moving boats - usually from other moving boats.
Because of the conditions I work in, I need weather-sealed cameras. I generally use the 1DS and sometimes 1D bodies and most of the time need a long lens. The larger sensor makes the 300mm the most useful lens for me.
I've owned two copies of the 2.8 L over the past 20 years. They both have been outstanding performers. Many times, though, I'll need a little more reach, so I have to resort to glass in the 400 to 600 range. Frequently, I'll use a teleconverter, the later versions of the EX 1.4x  trade off very little other than a stop of speed, but once in a while a 400/2.8 or 600/4 is needed. By the end of a long day, I certainly feel I've gotten a good workout.

So, my hat is off to anyone who can successfully use these "big guns". The good news is, after working with one over a couple days, it kind of makes using a 300/2.8 child's play.
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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #10 on: July 25, 2012, 02:21:38 PM »
Not having AF or IS makes the lens simpler, lighter, and much more reliable.
I tried handholding my EF 600mm f/4 (non IS), I could do it for less than a minute and only after removing the hood to shed weight out on the far end.  Since it is a fairly fast lens, cranking up shutter speed to 1/2000 in bright light was no issue. I think that lens was the heaviest regular production lens that Canon made.  A little heavier than its brother 400mm f/2.8 non is.
After that one occasion, I never tried again.

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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #11 on: July 25, 2012, 06:34:26 PM »
No liveview? It was easier for me with such a lens (tried shorter bur with stacked extenders) but it required a LCD viewfinder/loupe. How many shots you tried before selecting this one?
This was 1 of a burst of 3 from the 1d mk3 2 were sharp 1 was not the 1d viewfinders are great for manual focus
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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
« Reply #12 on: July 25, 2012, 06:42:10 PM »
No liveview? It was easier for me with such a lens (tried shorter bur with stacked extenders) but it required a LCD viewfinder/loupe. How many shots you tried before selecting this one?
This was 1 of a burst of 3 from the 1d mk3 2 were sharp 1 was not the 1d viewfinders are great for manual focus

Thanks, I never had 1d.
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Re: 600mm FD f4.5
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Re: Canon FD 600mm f/4.5
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2014, 11:03:26 PM »
Reviving an old topic, how is the lens after two years, any more pics, i am considering getting one, they come and go on ebay for around $1600, i know its cheap when compared to the EF version, there is also the 300mm f/2.8 for around the same price.
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Re: Canon FD 600mm f/4.5
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2014, 07:29:35 AM »
Reviving an old topic, how is the lens after two years, any more pics, i am considering getting one, they come and go on ebay for around $1600, i know its cheap when compared to the EF version, there is also the 300mm f/2.8 for around the same price.

hey to be honest haven't used it too much for stills but actually used it quite a big for shooting video of archery because the focus wheels can be moved smoothly easily without introducing vibration. I think this lens is amazing for long range video. especially for the money.

but now I have the tamron 150-600 i would say the tamron is generally better but it still cant hit f4.5 like this can but it does have IS and AF although you need to turn IS off for panning. I wont sell the FD because i like it and its sort of an antique now but generally for most situations the tamron or new sigma 150-600 will be a better choice for less money
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Re: Canon FD 600mm f/4.5
« Reply #14 on: November 23, 2014, 07:29:35 AM »