Greetings. Several recent threads, including a 7D noise thread that most of you probably wisely avoided, featured a lot of great bird captures using the 500 f4 lens. Enough so that its given me serious hots for this lens. While I love bird and other small critter pictures, I'm sure there are a lot of other creative uses for long focal length lenses. Wildlife is certainly Ok, its just that we could easily fill this thread with 6 pages of great eagle and song bird imagery. So if you would care to share lets see what you use lenses >= to 500mm for. Thanks for contributing. Oh and please include the EXIF data if you can.
If I had the Canon 500 f/4L, I would use it at Road Atlanta a good 90% of the time. Light enough to hand hold (maybe not for extended periods), but I've seen it done enough to know that it is not uncommon.
However: My setup for reach at the moment is a 30D + 300 f/4L IS. 480mm @ f/4.
Jeff, great idea for a thread. Geert, terrific shot to get it started!
The closest to this sort of gear that I have (and only for the past 3 months) is the 300/2.8 + 2x. I think I posted some foliage shots with that combo in PetKal's autumn thread.
I hope some of the landscape shooters will show us narrow angles in that genre. I've seen quite a few 300 and 400 mm mountain views, but not many 500 mm other than rising/setting moon/sun. Bring 'em on!
Excellent images. I'd imagined getting tight wildlife head shots like Don's or Geerts. Don, every time I've seen big horn though, its just white rumps heading over the hill. I'd completely forgotten the sports applications, but then what'd I think all those white lenses in the press box were for? Maybe we'll get some big island surf shots.
How do you fly or hike with such a lens? Great shots, thank you for sharing!