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p.1 #1 · Canon wildlife setup?


Hi there.
I am about to do alot more Nature/wildlife photography, but cant decide what to do...

Which setup would you choose and why, from your personal exp?

Canon 500 f/4 IS + Canon EOS 1D Mark III

Or

Canon 500 f/4 IS + Canon EOS 7D

Or

Canon 300mm f2.8 IS + Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

500mm + 1D Mark IV isn't possible on my curent budget..

Thanks








Nov 19, 2012 at 07:16 PM
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Canon 500 f/4 IS + Canon EOS 7D followed by

Canon 300 f2.8 and a 7D. Add a 1.4x extender and you have 420 f4.

I've used both combinations a lot. Option 2 is extremely mobile and quite light.

Henrik



Nov 19, 2012 at 07:31 PM
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500 f4 & 7D, if you can handle the weight. Otherwise, as Henrik said, the 300 f2.8. The 500 of course has a massive reach advantage when adding extenders.

If you go for the 500 f4 & 7D, but find you are too close some of the time, I would add a 5D or a 100-400 to that combo; a used 5D being cheaper.

I prefer the 7D over the 1DMk3, and I don't believe a Mk3 image cropped to equal a 7D image will give you the same quality.

Tony



Nov 19, 2012 at 07:40 PM
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p.1 #4 · Canon wildlife setup?


Let me change my post a bit..

I have a 500mm seller already and my budget is tight with a purchase of that lens.

So, with my current budget, i can do either the 500+1DMKIII or the 500+7D or the 300+1DMKIV. Anything else isnt relevant at this point of time.



Nov 19, 2012 at 07:44 PM
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Imagemaster wrote:
500 f4 & 7D, if you can handle the weight. Otherwise, as Henrik said, the 300 f2.8. The 500 of course has a massive reach advantage when adding extenders.

If you go for the 500 f4 & 7D, but find you are too close some of the time, I would add a 5D or a 100-400 to that combo; a used 5D being cheaper.

I prefer the 7D over the 1DMk3, and I don't believe a Mk3 image cropped to equal a 7D image will give you the same quality.

Tony


I agree with the others. 500 + 7D + 1.4X & 2X as money becomes available... Jim



Nov 19, 2012 at 07:51 PM
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Is the Extender EF 2x III alright on 500mm ?


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OCphotography wrote:
Is the Extender EF 2x III alright on 500mm ?


Since it is not a 500 f4 II that you will be buying, a 2x II would do just fine.

Try a search of this forum for " 2x " and you will come up with comments from others.



Nov 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
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OCphotography wrote:
Is the Extender EF 2x III alright on 500mm ?


That gives you f8 , so if you want AF you will need a 1 series (or a 5d3 later nest year) .
Problem will be f8 AF on the 1 series is single point only. You'd get more reach from a 7D+1.4x and have full AF
(Ie more pixels on the subject if you crop down to the 1300mm equive of the 1 series + 2x).



Nov 19, 2012 at 08:02 PM
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My vote is the 500mm + MIII. I prefer the files out of the MIII. A good case could be made for either camera. What I would not do is buy a MIV and a shorter lens.

Yes the 2XIII is OK.







MKIII+500+2XIII



Nov 19, 2012 at 08:07 PM
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p.1 #10 · Canon wildlife setup?


I owned both 7D and 1D III. For wildlife if you can afford a 500, get the 1D III. You might need to use 1.4x TC's a lot more often but AF is superior and I'm someone who thinks 7D is a great camera and still have one. My 1D III was simply wonderful for AF and I'm not sure I've got the same number % keepers from my mk IV yet.

300 is too short even on a 7D, although with a 1.4x it's not too bad for some wildlife but 400mm is bottom end of birding on even 7D most times, but you can get by pretty with 420mm. Also 300 does take a 2x very well givin you 600mm which is nice on a 7D.

Really comes down to what type of wildlife you do. For birding get the 7D + 500 + 1.4, otherwise 1D III is superb even if you give up a fair bit of reach when Fl limited compared to 7D.



Nov 19, 2012 at 09:39 PM
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Thanks for the info, really appreciate it


Nov 19, 2012 at 09:43 PM





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