Old 12-20-2012, 02:50 AM   #26
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The Canon 600 f/4 is $12.8k!
KEH has one right now (used, of course) for a mere $6899.00!

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Old 12-20-2012, 03:22 AM   #27
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KEH has one right now (used, of course) for a mere $6899.00!

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That's the old/archaic/hopeless "I"; the new/modern/usable "II" is the expensive one.

Canon's prices on its tele upgrades the last year or two have been really something. Who are these pros that can buy this stuff, in a world where photography is being devalued??? I guess telephoto wildlife will never be shot with a phone and then instragrammed.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:53 AM   #28
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You wimpy photographers make me laugh. I'll tell you what, it's easy to forget about the weight of the lens when you are a serious shooter. If you have problems with lens weight while carrying your gear, you need a better camera bag or you need to stay off the hiking trail.
Actually, the funny thing is how much lighter the equally heavy 70-200 F/2.8 is Weight is a lot nicer when it's not dead weight. I ended up carrying another water bottle instead of the lens most of the time, or a small camera bag that didn't catch as much back sweat!
So, who wants to go up a mountain with me and shoot some trains?
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Old 12-20-2012, 05:38 AM   #29
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I wish Nikon made a 100-400..
Nikon makes the 200-400 and it is an excellent lens. [http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...12669&nseq=56]

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Old 12-20-2012, 12:12 PM   #30
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the few test shots I took this afternoon look razor sharp on the monitor.

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So should we be looking forward to some snow shots on RP with it, since you should be getting a little of that white stuff today
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Old 12-20-2012, 12:19 PM   #31
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Actually, the funny thing is how much lighter the equally heavy 70-200 F/2.8 is Weight is a lot nicer when it's not dead weight. I ended up carrying another water bottle instead of the lens most of the time, or a small camera bag that didn't catch as much back sweat!
So, who wants to go up a mountain with me and shoot some trains?
I'd carry that equally heavy, much lighter () 70-200, my 100-400 and TWO water bottles up the mountain just to spite you.
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Nikon makes the 200-400 and it is an excellent lens. [http://www.railpictures.net/viewphot...12669&nseq=56]
Yeah I cant quite afford one right now after acquiring a D700 and the Nikon ''Holy Trinity'', hopefully in a few years I'll be able to add one to my kit..
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I did ALLOT of research before I purchased this lens. For long reach, I had been using a 70-200 f4 (non IS) coupled to a 1.4x II, and was never very happy with the results. The 70-200 is probably the sharpest lens I own, but it does not behave well with a teleconverter.



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Out of curiosity, what are the issues you experienced with the combination of the 70-200 and the 1.4x II? I managed to get a good deal on a 70-200 not long ago, but part of the deal was trading in my 75-300, so I've "lost" 100mm of zoom.

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I'd carry that equally heavy, much lighter () 70-200, my 100-400 and TWO water bottles up the mountain just to spite you.
Someday I'll have loads of money lying around and I WILL get a bigger backpack.
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Well it arrived and the sun came out so I had to take it on a test run today, this one was taken across the rail yard on the other side of a bridge I have to say the IS works great, hand held with no mono-pod, I had 15mph wind gusts the temp was around 20 degrees, and I had a spring jacket on, so there was a little shivering going on. I read some cons on the push-pull zoom but I think I like it better. there was a few things I was testing out like the one switch for AF, you can switch from 1.8m to infinity to 6.5m to infinity, overall I liked it, the only draw back is, I feel a little uncomfortable it's kinda a thing that draws attention, and when your in the area I was in you have to keep your eyes peeled.
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Very nice. Sharp and crisp. I need to get me one of those!
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...the only draw back is, I feel a little uncomfortable it's kinda a thing that draws attention....
Hey Bill, how far can you see with that thing?

(trust me, someone WILL ask that)
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