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burningheart wrote:
Now that leaves Peter all alone waiting. Prayer chain for Peter.



Robert, prayers are always welcome and I am thankful for them, but I am not exactly lonely here....I've got a few gears such as these to keep me entertained.


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Jun 14, 2013 at 02:44 AM
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jcolwell wrote:
I'd be happy with an EF 500/4L IS Mk I.

Oh, wait - I already have one. I'm happy.

[Led]


So was I very happy, then I got the mk II and am loving how much lighter it is. Can hand hold it for a lot longer now and with 5D III it's not much heavier than a 1D X + 300 f/2.8L IS mk I combo.



Jun 14, 2013 at 02:48 AM
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Well, I can hold my 1DX + 500/4L IS all day. How many extra days do you get with the Mk II. ?


Jun 14, 2013 at 02:51 AM
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jcolwell wrote:
Well, I can hold my 1DX + 500/4L IS all day. How many extra days do you get with the Mk II. ?


You mean hold it while the lens is mounted on a pod ?



Jun 14, 2013 at 03:00 AM
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You know what I mean.

[LZ]



Jun 14, 2013 at 03:04 AM
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jcolwell wrote:
Well, I can hold my 1DX + 500/4L IS all day. How many extra days do you get with the Mk II. ?


How long can you hold it at eye level for? I could carry my 500 mk 1 and 1 series around for hours, but only hold it at eye level for 5-10 minutes comfortably. Now I can hold it at eye level for much longer. Nowhere near as much need to rest between captures.



Jun 14, 2013 at 03:09 AM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
How long can you hold it at eye level for? I could carry my 500 mk 1 and 1 series around for hours, but only hold it at eye level for 5-10 minutes comfortably.


Same here.

I can handhold the MK I for 5 to 10, or 15 minutes at a time, over hours. OTOH, if I need to rest, I put it down. Gravity can be your friend.



Jun 14, 2013 at 03:16 AM
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jcolwell wrote:
Same here.

I can handhold the MK I for 5 to 10, or 15 minutes at a time, over hours. OTOH, if I need to rest, I put it down. Gravity can be your friend.


Martian wildlife would be so nice to shoot, 1/3rd the gravity, even a 800L could be handheld all day at eye level.



Jun 14, 2013 at 03:35 AM
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There is too much sample variation with the internal TC at 560/5.6.

EBH



Jun 14, 2013 at 03:54 AM
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I went out looking for pigeons, after work, for PetKal but all I could find was these fur-balls on my first day with my new 200-400. [Well actually a moose and a coyote and a bunch of bighorns and swainson's hawk but I am too tired to process right now and just grabbed some to show you.]

Its scarier shooting 5diii 200-400 than 7d/600 is my initial impression. Its hard to keep my knees from knocking at f4 with the grizzlies when they give me a stare.

Other:
Heavy but once the bears are staring at you - you forget
It is way smaller than 600, so it does not bump into everything in my jeep
switching back and forth 1.4x is easy and very conveniant
adjusting zoom is not easy given the weight and one hand holding lens and one hand holding shutter

I will give some more impressions tomorrow. These pictures need more processing and I am too tired.

Loving it - so far

Scott




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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    300mm    f/4.0    1/250s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT lens    526mm    f/5.6    1/250s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT lens    526mm    f/5.6    1/250s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  






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  Canon EOS 5D Mark III    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    200mm    f/4.0    1/250s    1250 ISO    0.0 EV  




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Congratulations, Scott, the bears look very good to my eye. It looks like you are taking good advantage of the framing (FL) flexibility already.


Jun 14, 2013 at 10:26 AM
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Love the 3rd photo, great work.


Jun 14, 2013 at 01:40 PM
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Scott,

That's one bear of a lens. You gonna convince us how light it is too.

Db



Jun 14, 2013 at 02:33 PM
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jcolwell wrote:
Same here.

I can handhold the MK I for 5 to 10, or 15 minutes at a time, over hours. OTOH, if I need to rest, I put it down. Gravity can be your friend.



I guess I'm the wimp here. With the aid of the neck strap and cradling the 1DX/400/TC in the crook of my arm I can survive for a few hours. But only comfortably at eye level for about a minute or so, certainly not 5 minutes.

Db



Jun 14, 2013 at 02:47 PM
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You baitin them bears, can see them all gapin and hear them all sayin:

"Hey Gruff, izzat the new 200-400 errbody talkin 'bout?"

"Dunno Grunt, but looks heavy enough that a knock on the noggin with it ain't worth a meal..."



Jun 14, 2013 at 05:27 PM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
Martian wildlife would be so nice to shoot, 1/3rd the gravity, even a 800L could be handheld all day at eye level.


Cool. I just booked my trip to tour the Martian ruins and go on a special Martian safari. The guy who sold me the tickets promised it would be a great trip for photography, glad to hear it confirmed and that I didn't get ripped off paying the guy on the corner $3000 cash for my Mars package.



Jun 14, 2013 at 05:37 PM
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I can put my car up for sale!


Jun 14, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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PetKal: The only trouble is that when you switch 1.4x off and zoom wide to 200mm, you forget to think about whether you are too close. So zooming wide is great but you have to make sure you don't smell the bears. I had to keep both eyes open to watch the 4 bears at 200mm.

DB: It is not light but I can tell you that given it size it is easy to get in and out of the car quickly which for bear photography is reassuring. I am used to using the 600 so it does not feel heavy to me.

John_T: The only bait I use is my middle aged plumpness and lack of ability to outrun them.




Jun 14, 2013 at 05:44 PM
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I'm sure there are a few people who don't have the lens (yet) who'd like to see an Unboxing


Jun 14, 2013 at 06:03 PM
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Scott Stoness wrote:
PetKal: The only trouble is that when you switch 1.4x off and zoom wide to 200mm, you forget to think about whether you are too close. So zooming wide is great but you have to make sure you don't smell the bears. I had to keep both eyes open to watch the 4 bears at 200mm.

DB: It is not light but I can tell you that given it size it is easy to get in and out of the car quickly which for bear photography is reassuring. I am used to using the 600 so it does not feel
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I'll be up in Banff and Jasper NP in a couple weeks and I don't want to see brown bears this close. Nice photos though!



Jun 14, 2013 at 06:23 PM
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