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Lance B
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p.5 #1 · p.5 #1 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Wow, some stunning shots, Colin, Steve, and Scott!!


Mar 13, 2013 at 11:50 PM
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p.5 #2 · p.5 #2 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Lance,

I would add that the shots you posted were awesome.

There is so much talent in this forum.




Mar 14, 2013 at 01:58 AM
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p.5 #3 · p.5 #3 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Just an awesome thread!

Steve: I think you mentioned possibly getting the new 80-400 VR. If you do I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work with that lens!



Mar 14, 2013 at 02:13 AM
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rd4tile wrote:
Just an awesome thread!

Steve: I think you mentioned possibly getting the new 80-400 VR. If you do I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work with that lens!


Thanks! Me too I have a 600mm on the way, but I think I'm more excited for the 80-400 (if it's good). I really want a more practical hiking lens (I carry the 500mm on a tripod for several miles when I'm hiking local parks - it's not as fun as it sounds ). I'm also thinking it will work real well in the kayak, next to me on the front seat of the truck, when I want to take a long lens "just in case", etc etc... Yup, I'm dorking out on it for sure



Mar 14, 2013 at 02:34 AM
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Grantland wrote:
Lance,

I would add that the shots you posted were awesome.

There is so much talent in this forum.



Thank you ever so much for your nice comments, Grant!



Mar 14, 2013 at 01:44 PM
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Steve Perry wrote:
Thanks! Me too I have a 600mm on the way, but I think I'm more excited for the 80-400 (if it's good). I really want a more practical hiking lens (I carry the 500mm on a tripod for several miles when I'm hiking local parks - it's not as fun as it sounds ). I'm also thinking it will work real well in the kayak, next to me on the front seat of the truck, when I want to take a long lens "just in case", etc etc... Yup, I'm dorking out on it for sure
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Steve,

Any chance you can share your experience(s) on what backpack you use? I am going to Yellowstone and need a good backpack to carry my 500mm, tripod and gimbal when hiking.

Thanks,

Grant



Mar 14, 2013 at 01:56 PM
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p.5 #7 · p.5 #7 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Hi Grant -

When I'm hiking I usually have the camera and lens mounted to the tripod with legs extended. Takes too long to get it all setup if I see something if it's bagged.

That said, when I travel I use a Gura Gear Kiboko 32L (I think it's been discontinued - current version is the GURA GEAR BATAFLAE 32L). I can easily put a 500mm w/ hood on one side with the rest of my gear on the other. In fact, I'd bet you could even mount a smaller body to the lens (like a D800- if I recall the D4 wouldn't quite fit attached to the lens).

I suppose you could even strap a large tripod to the backpack, but I always just carry mine.

Hope that helps

~Steve



Mar 14, 2013 at 02:28 PM
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Steve Perry wrote:
Hi Grant -

When I'm hiking I usually have the camera and lens mounted to the tripod with legs extended. Takes too long to get it all setup if I see something if it's bagged.

That said, when I travel I use a Gura Gear Kiboko 32L (I think it's been discontinued - current version is the GURA GEAR BATAFLAE 32L). I can easily put a 500mm w/ hood on one side with the rest of my gear on the other. In fact, I'd bet you could even mount a smaller body to the lens (like a D800- if I
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thats the same backpack as ive got Steve and agree its superb.

I mount the D800, with grip and RL L bracket on the 500vr and it fits down one side, i did the same thing with the D3.



Mar 14, 2013 at 06:13 PM
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I have a Kiboko myself and really like it. I have taken it on some hikes with the 500vr and my d4 (not attached) with another lens or two. To be blunt it is pretty heavy when climbing up steep trails as I sometimes do, but it is comfortable on your back and protects your gear. The stuff is just heavy, no way around it. Only difference for me is that I am often not taking a tripod with me. I make my wife take it!


Mar 14, 2013 at 08:28 PM
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cohenfive wrote:
I have a Kiboko myself and really like it. I have taken it on some hikes with the 500vr and my d4 (not attached) with another lens or two. To be blunt it is pretty heavy when climbing up steep trails as I sometimes do, but it is comfortable on your back and protects your gear. The stuff is just heavy, no way around it. Only difference for me is that I am often not taking a tripod with me. I make my wife take it!


She's a keeper!



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p.5 #11 · p.5 #11 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Do you guys shoot with this lens handheld or on a tripod? BTW, awssome shots! I just have to sell kidney now.


Mar 31, 2013 at 07:21 PM
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Hardcore wrote:
Do you guys shoot with this lens handheld or on a tripod? BTW, awssome shots! I just have to sell kidney now.


I'm sure hand held is 'possible', but its not highly recommended.



Mar 31, 2013 at 08:16 PM
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p.5 #13 · p.5 #13 · Nikon 500 f/4.0






with 2xtc 1000mm




Mar 31, 2013 at 08:33 PM
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p.5 #14 · p.5 #14 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


I'll play along. This was with the 500mm f/4 and the D800 at last year's fleet week in San Francisco.






Mar 31, 2013 at 08:59 PM
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Hardcore wrote:
Do you guys shoot with this lens handheld or on a tripod? BTW, awssome shots! I just have to sell kidney now.


Tripod, just about every time.



Mar 31, 2013 at 09:39 PM
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p.5 #16 · p.5 #16 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


joshn wrote:


http://i.imgur.com/dq2k5FC.jpg


How the heck did you take that one? Seems like the lens wouldn't fit in the cockpit!!



Mar 31, 2013 at 10:06 PM
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p.5 #17 · p.5 #17 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Hardcore wrote:
Do you guys shoot with this lens handheld or on a tripod? BTW, awssome shots! I just have to sell kidney now.



Usually handheld, sometimes on a monopod, rarely on a tripod.



Apr 01, 2013 at 12:41 AM
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p.5 #18 · p.5 #18 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


joshn wrote:

I'll play along. This was with the 500mm f/4 and the D800 at last year's fleet week in San Francisco.

http://i.imgur.com/dq2k5FC.jpg



Wow!



Apr 01, 2013 at 12:43 AM
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p.5 #19 · p.5 #19 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


funny how things can change so fast, since posting earlier in this thread that this lens was on my wish list, little did i know that 4 days later an opportunity would come up for me to get one, after having it for a couple weeks and not really getting to use it, with spring coming late and not many subjects yet i decided to head to Minnesota the past weekend to some of my favorite eagle haunts
things didn't start off good, i woke up saturday to pouring rain but by noon the rain ended and i headed out, the skies were hazy with a light fog drifting in and out when i got my first couple shots, i was surprised by what i was able to capture through the haze and was dying to see what i could get in good light
these are all handheld

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in the evening the fog and haze lifted as the sun set and i got this, i'd say that VR works pretty good as this was 1/80 ss handheld

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today the light was better though a lil cooler and with some snow drifting around with each cloud that moved in

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5)




Apr 01, 2013 at 07:22 AM
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p.5 #20 · p.5 #20 · Nikon 500 f/4.0


Amazing stuff here guys. Thanks for sharing...


Apr 01, 2013 at 05:16 PM
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