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He deserves this lens indeed! Good choice, you'll come to love that lense...

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Looking forward to snapping duke with it , He deserves a quality lens after all :D .

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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1 bad thing with this lens , I believe It is going to lead me on the path to crave the bad things in life , like more expensive L glass .

Took some more shots today in good sun , the saturation and clarity is brilliant , worth every penny :D


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bucky wrote:
1 bad thing with this lens , I believe It is going to lead me on the path to crave the bad things in life , like more expensive L glass .

I've been using the 300m f/2.8 L IS for two years now. I can really recommend it :wink:


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The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM is a super lens too! And at €5849.00 (say R58490.00) quite a steal! :lol:

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The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM is a super lens too! And at €5849.00 (say R58490.00) quite a steal! :lol:


That's what you would think, but I see it is advertised on a local site here for a mere R76000.00 Yup, would definately have to resort to 'steal' before I could get one of those.

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The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM is a super lens too! And at €5849.00 (say R58490.00) quite a steal! :lol:


That's what you would think, but I see it is advertised on a local site here for a mere R76000.00 Yup, would definately have to resort to 'steal' before I could get one of those.


:lol: :lol:.

To much money , anyways - after using the 70-200 F4 L , I was blown away , there is just no comparison with my older regular lenses .
The quitness,accuracy and speed of focus are VERY good , the image quality is fantastic , absolutely amazing .

Now I am going to save like mad to get the 400 mm F5,6 L before my kgalagadi trip in december to replace the sigma 170-500 .


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Should be easy. October, november, december. Three months to save R 14,815.00 (VAT Incl)! :lol:

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Price for 500 F4 IS as of today at latest exhange rates are R57000.00
I am also aware of a used one at R45000.00 excellent condition.
Somebody will bring it to me Thursday.

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Price for 500 F4 IS as of today at latest exhange rates are R57000.00
I am also aware of a used one at R45000.00 excellent condition.
Somebody will bring it to me Thursday.


Gee Hedrus thats cheap for SA prices.The Nikon non IS version @B&H is $ 7200.00 is R56200 and as per all Nikon stuff to get the full RSA retail price just take a calculator and X2 = R112400!!! Eina!!!

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yeah some Nikon stuff are way expensive (not all)
Its interesting, I got a client who has top notch Nikon equipment and when he wanted a long lens (he has lots of Nikon Lenses) he decided to go for the Canon 500 IS with a 30D body since its cost him less than a Nikon 500.
He says he couldn't be happier with his decision.

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Interesting Hedrus. Photographers like Daryl Balfour used to use the Nikon 500 f4 but now like me has changed to the 200-400VR f4 zoom which is really like a 600f4 with Nikons crop factor of 1.5X Tell your Nikon client with the Canon 500 to try this lens. !!! its superb. Ive only had mine for a month but I wonder how I managed without it before I got it.

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O yes Peter I totally agree. I sold lots of these lenses and a lot of my friends who shoot Nikon uses the 200-400.
I even took a D2X with 200-400 on my recent Chobe trip. (I use Canon 300 f2.8 and 600 F4)
I am absolutly all for the 200-400. I wish Canon made such a fine lens.
I had the customer in here with me testing the 200-400 and the 500 canon right next to each other but he still prefered the 500 for the distance.
The thing is according to him, and I do agree, is that if you are after the smaller birds there is still no compromise for length. Even my 200-400 buddies are keeping their 600's but most of them sold or are selling their 300 f2.8's
Both off course could be used with great success with 1.4 extenders.

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I agree Hedrus I was taking shots of Red Bishops at the bird hide at Addo last saturday and even though I was close I needed more for sure.

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