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lagereek
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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:51AM
Posted By Whiteway:

Posted By lagereek:
Ah you gonna love it. Tell me what you think when trying it out.


Certainly will, I'm looking forward to it.

I'm used to using the 400ml with its tripod collar on a monopod, so I will search for cheaper options. They do exist.

If I remember correctly. Manfrotto and Benbo does something like tripod-collars and for half the price of the Canon. Check it out.
lagereek
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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:51AM
Posted By Whiteway:

Posted By lagereek:
Ah you gonna love it. Tell me what you think when trying it out.


Certainly will, I'm looking forward to it.

I'm used to using the 400ml with its tripod collar on a monopod, so I will search for cheaper options. They do exist.

If I remember correctly. Manfrotto and Benbo does something like tripod-collars and for half the price of the Canon. Check it out.
Whiteway
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Posted Thu Feb 28, 2013 2:54AM
^^^ Just gone the eBay route and paid £20, for one to be shipped from Singapore. Reports indicate that these cheap versions do a creditable job.

I'm used to balancing a heavy-ish lens with a tripod collar on a monopod.

ETA: As I may have mentioned.

(Edited on 2013-02-28 02:54:36 by Whiteway)
Whiteway
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Posted Thu Mar 7, 2013 1:37AM
Well, it happened. The 70-300L lens arrived after 4 days, and I was able to walk and bus to the vendor's office in order to pick it up. Timing was picture-perfect - the sun was blazing and it actually felt like a spring afternoon. I walked back with the lens on the camera, ready to take some test shots.

The lens is very compact, but wide. At this weight, I would not want to carry the combined body and lens by the body, and the lens is just too bulky to hold comfortably in the hand. While there is space for a tripod mount, Canon slaps a price of around £150. for what, to me, is an essential. As mentioned above, I had a much cheaper tripod collar on order.

Having dissed the quality of zoom lenses several times in these forums, it was interesting to re-discover some of the advantages. The main one, to me, is that you can see a composition from a certain spot, and then pick the framing from that same spot. The disadvantage of 'zooming with your feet' is that the perspective changes, completely altering the shot that you originally saw.

Despite not being completely comfortable to hand-hold, I found this body/lens combination very stable in use – more so than when I hand-hold the 400mm f5.6.

The following morning, what should drop on to my doormat but the tripod collar, that came all the way from China. On with the collar, attach monopod and off out into what - again, fortunately - was a sunny day. Carried via the monopod, this lens and body combination was very comfortable and stable in use. I'm looking forward to the autumn, to see how the lens performs when faced with rutting red deer. (On recent history, I may need to knock out a stag with the lens, so its substantial nature could come in handy.)

Overall, first impressions are good. Operation and image quality seem fine. The slight bulkiness and weight is something I need to accommodate. This may not be a problem for others, though, who do not use long-focus lenses to walk around with.
lagereek
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:06AM
Posted By Whiteway:
Well, it happened. The 70-300L lens arrived after 4 days, and I was able to walk and bus to the vendor's office in order to pick it up. Timing was picture-perfect - the sun was blazing and it actually felt like a spring afternoon. I walked back with the lens on the camera, ready to take some test shots.

The lens is very compact, but wide. At this weight, I would not want to carry the combined body and lens by the body, and the lens is just too bulky to hold comfortably in the hand. While there is space for a tripod mount, Canon slaps a price of around £150. for what, to me, is an essential. As mentioned above, I had a much cheaper tripod collar on order.

Having dissed the quality of zoom lenses several times in these forums, it was interesting to re-discover some of the advantages. The main one, to me, is that you can see a composition from a certain spot, and then pick the framing from that same spot. The disadvantage of 'zooming with your feet' is that the perspective changes, completely altering the shot that you originally saw.

Despite not being completely comfortable to hand-hold, I found this body/lens combination very stable in use – more so than when I hand-hold the 400mm f5.6.

The following morning, what should drop on to my doormat but the tripod collar, that came all the way from China. On with the collar, attach monopod and off out into what - again, fortunately - was a sunny day. Carried via the monopod, this lens and body combination was very comfortable and stable in use. I'm looking forward to the autumn, to see how the lens performs when faced with rutting red deer. (On recent history, I may need to knock out a stag with the lens, so its substantial nature could come in handy.)

Overall, first impressions are good. Operation and image quality seem fine. The slight bulkiness and weight is something I need to accommodate. This may not be a problem for others, though, who do not use long-focus lenses to walk around with.


Once used to it, it just gets better and better. You will find the extra reach incredibly useful. Picture quality up to 300 is exellent.


This is the same as with all lenses nowdays, there are great, good and less good samples. Test it well on all focal lengths.


best.


 
Whiteway
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Posted Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:47PM
^ I'm waiting for some more sunshine, Christian. Today is bitterly cold with snow and a blustery wind.
lagereek
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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:15AM
Posted By Whiteway:
^ I'm waiting for some more sunshine, Christian. Today is bitterly cold with snow and a blustery wind.

Jeez!  you should see here!  minus 14, icy cold northern wind. Bloody horrible!  I hate the winter. I simply can not find anything positive about snow and winter, nothing. Well, maybe x-mas, thats it.
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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013 11:34AM
Does the Kenko 1.4x extender work together with the 70-300L?

That would modify the range to 98-420 which was what the OP was looking for...

(Edited on 2013-03-13 05:58:12 by stockwerk)
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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:22PM

Posted By lagereek:
Posted By Whiteway:
^ I'm waiting for some more sunshine, Christian. Today is bitterly cold with snow and a blustery wind.

Jeez!  you should see here!  minus 14, icy cold northern wind. Bloody horrible!  I hate the winter. I simply can not find anything positive about snow and winter, nothing. Well, maybe x-mas, thats it.

Snow balls!
Whiteway
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Posted Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:37PM
Posted By stockwerk:
Does the Kenko 1.4x extender work together with the 70-300L?

That's something I certainly shan't be discovering at first hand.

From someone on line: I have read that the Kenko Pro 300 1.4 TC works well with the 70/300L (Canon TC's don't fit). Because of the pin configuration the AF still works although some have reported that it sometime "hunts" a bit.
lagereek
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Posted Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:54PM
Posted By Lobo:


Posted By lagereek:

Posted By Whiteway:
^ I'm waiting for some more sunshine, Christian. Today is bitterly cold with snow and a blustery wind.


Jeez!  you should see here!  minus 14, icy cold northern wind. Bloody horrible!  I hate the winter. I simply can not find anything positive about snow and winter, nothing. Well, maybe x-mas, thats it.


Snow balls!


 


Alright then, snow balls and x-mas, I go for that. That aside, bloody horrible and its getting worse, we have been promised minus 21 tomorrow, in the middle of March. It should be the beginning of spring here by now. F###ing horrible.
Whiteway
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Posted Thu May 30, 2013 4:10AM
Posted By lagereek:
Ah you gonna love it. Tell me what you think when trying it out.

Here you are, Christian. Almost all my recent uploads are with the new Canon 70-300L IS (see examples below). I've been trying it out rigorously, and one of the early things I did was to turn off the image stabilisation (IS) for good. For my hand-held uses, I feel this has improved the end results, and I don't have to worry about the different ways in which incorrect use of IS can spoil my photographs.

Having tested thoroughly on my local wildlife, I'm more than pleased with both the image quality and the ability to adjust framing quickly while action is going on. This zoom justifies its price, I think. Thanks for the recommendation!

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