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    Default Re: My pics are now up on photobucket.

    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR View Post
    Otherwise I'll work on getting a bigger lens that doesn't go soft at 300mm.
    Something I do that few people seem to consider. . .

    Before I leave Canada I rent a Canon "L" 100-400mm zoom lens. It's worth roughly $1800.00 to purchase new these days and supposedly is due to be replaced by Canon shortly with a newer version.

    I rent the lens for $40.00/day and they offer a weekly rental rate so I get the lens for 4 x $40.00 or $160.00 for race week.

    Since the only time I need a lens that size is for the few days of the races, it's a good deal.

    There's a couple pics of the Hellcat from the stands using that lens that Chris included on page 2 of his Photobucket gallery.

    Don
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    Default Re: My pics are now up on photobucket.

    Quote Originally Posted by CRJpilot View Post
    Something I do that few people seem to consider. . .

    Before I leave Canada I rent a Canon "L" 100-400mm zoom lens. It's worth roughly $1800.00 to purchase new these days and supposedly is due to be replaced by Canon shortly with a newer version.

    I rent the lens for $40.00/day and they offer a weekly rental rate so I get the lens for 4 x $40.00 or $160.00 for race week.

    Since the only time I need a lens that size is for the few days of the races, it's a good deal.

    There's a couple pics of the Hellcat from the stands using that lens that Chris included on page 2 of his Photobucket gallery.

    Don
    I could use a 400+mm lens for most of the things I shoot. I usually just can't get close enough to the subject for various reasons. I shoot a lot of different things. Renting a big lens would quickly eat me alive not to mention there isn't any local place that I can go to rent one.

    Will

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    Default Re: My pics are now up on photobucket.

    Quote Originally Posted by RAD2LTR View Post
    I could use a 400+mm lens for most of the things I shoot. I usually just can't get close enough to the subject for various reasons. I shoot a lot of different things. Renting a big lens would quickly eat me alive not to mention there isn't any local place that I can go to rent one.

    Will
    Makes sense, frequent and constant use certainly justifies purchasing but other factors can also get in the way.

    I just can't justify big money for a lens that would spend most of it's life on a shelf.

    Don

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    I'm tempted to try a Sigma 150-500mm but all the reviews I've read seem to indicate that it goes soft beyond 300mm, and isn't the most sharp lens to begin with. The Nikon 80-400 that just came out looks to be a really nice lens, but its also $2800. I don't have $2800 burning a hole in my pocket. Not to mention that the lens would be more than twice what I paid for my camera body. The old version of this lens isn't all that great and tends to be soft at the long end as well. A doubler wouldn't help anything either, aside from making a slow lens even slower and losing my image stabilization. I really wish someone would make a lens that was soft on the short end and sharp on the long end, it would be just what I need.

    Will

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