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Old     (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       04-12-2010, 11:24 AM Reply   
I was taking some gear pics for insurance reasons so here are some of my favorites...

500 f4, 2X extender, 100-400, 70-200 2.8 IS, 24-70.

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My wish list includes a 300mm f2.8 and a 100mm 2.8L Macro. I never got $700 ultra light Gitzo tripods until I carried my $150 Monfrotto about 7 or 8 miles this weekend. A Gitzo tripod is on my radar now.
Old     (ak4life)      Join Date: Nov 2003       04-12-2010, 12:18 PM Reply   
Borat just phoned in to say "very ni-i-i-ce".
Old     (dakid)      Join Date: Feb 2001       04-12-2010, 1:58 PM Reply   
here you go rob.
Old     (wakedad33)      Join Date: Oct 2005       04-12-2010, 4:35 PM Reply   
Nice kit Joe. I'm drooling over the 500. I was saving up for the 300 2.8 & was about half way there but pulled the trigger on the 7D instead, now I'm bact to starting from scratch. But it's all good, loving the 7. Have you checked out Benro CF tripods, pretty nice stuff and a lot cheeper then the Gitzo's.
Old     (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       04-12-2010, 7:27 PM Reply   
Randy- Thanks, I'll check into the Benfro. I want something that is not more than about 17" when folded. I walk some long distances carrying a Tamrac Expedition 4X and I want the tripod to not stick up much higher than the pack. It is a WHIP carrying a Monfroto that folds to about 27" with head. I think it got caught on every brush, vine and tree I walked near. Luckily, I only use the 500 with a monopod. A lot of pro bird photographers use a large Gitzos with Winberly head- those tripod rigs run $1500+ so I'll stick with the monopod!
Old     (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       04-12-2010, 7:33 PM Reply   
1D M4 with the 500.... this was shot the first day I got the 500. This is straight out of the camera (if I remember correctly).

Mallard Drake Close up
Old     (eubanks01)      Join Date: Jun 2001       04-13-2010, 2:30 PM Reply   
Rob - You don't just ease into any hobbies do you?! Holy cow Dude...nice set of gear you got there! I'm jealous with my kit lens and 70-200 f/4.
Old     (richd)      Join Date: Oct 2003       04-15-2010, 8:23 AM Reply   
Thanks Rob, I feel better about all the cash I drop on this stuff after reading your post. All I got is the 500's predecessor the f4.5L. It's very sharp but much harder to use without IS.
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Old     (skull)      Join Date: May 2002       04-15-2010, 4:07 PM Reply   
Rich- great shots man!!! The IS on the 500 f4 is pretty solid. It makes a big difference at that focal length. I need to get those camo skins on my 500- it would probably be easier trying to get birds in close without pointing a big white anti-tank weapons lens at them!!!
Old     (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       04-17-2010, 10:53 AM Reply   
Sorry guys, but mine is bigger than yours. I would post a pic here, but it's a family site. ;-p


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