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    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93488 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    17 Sep 2012 - 12:05 PM

    Hi...I'm still looking for a more ideal lens for shooting birds/wildlife/zoo animals and the like.
    I presently have a Nikon D7000 and a Nikon 28-300 VR lens.
    I've found that the Nikon 70-200 2.8 lens is much too heavy for me.

    I'm not against changing to a Canon and wondered if anyone uses a Canon 70-200 non IS lens ? possibly with a 1.4 converter, which would give me a similar reach as my 28-300 lens but without the IS.

    I ride a bike so it's not feasible for me to carry a tripod, I'm not looking for miracles just a reasonable chance of getting a decent shot at a reasonable distance.

    ...any advice appreciated....thanks....Mike

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    mohikan22
    mohikan22  102187 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Sep 2012 - 12:26 PM

    not feasable to VELCRO a tripod to ya bike.. I do. Pushbike that is. you can buy velcro ties (like zip ties)

    Coleslaw
    Coleslaw e2 Member 913403 forum postsColeslaw vcard Wales28 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Sep 2012 - 12:33 PM

    I have used 70-200 F4 non IS with 1.4x before, works well, and very light.

    arhb
    arhb e2 Member 72152 forum postsarhb vcard United Kingdom67 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Sep 2012 - 12:49 PM

    I would have thought it was the 2.8 glass on either Canon or Nikon that is the cause of the weight.
    The Canon 70-200mm F2.8L = 1310g
    The Canon 70-200mm F2.8L IS mk2 = 1490g

    The Canon 70-200mm F4L = 705g
    The Canon 70-200mm F4L IS = 760g

    I use the 70-200mm F4L IS - and it's no problem weight-wise.
    Also works well with a 1.4tc.

    Last Modified By arhb at 17 Sep 2012 - 12:51 PM
    rossd
    rossd  111061 forum posts England
    17 Sep 2012 - 1:21 PM

    I used to have a canon 70-200 f4 Non IS and it was a cracking lens. I sold it and bought the 2.8IS and now wish I had kept the f4 version because it was very light and produced very sharp images using shutter speeds of around 1/500. I think the f4 version is retailing for around 495 and at that price it's a real bargain (IMO).

    I also ride a bike and have a carry pouch for the tripod and sling it across my shoulders.

    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93488 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    17 Sep 2012 - 2:08 PM

    ...thanks guys...I'll have to keep thinking...not having a camera shop in Wakefield is a problem and makes buying a real difficulty.


    Quote: I think the f4 version is retailing for around 495 and at that price it's a real bargain (IMO).

    ...could I expect better results with the f4 + 1.4 TC than with my present 28-300 VR Nikon.?

    I have carried the tripod on my bike but not easy Smile

    ...many thanks....Mike

    User_Removed
    17 Sep 2012 - 5:32 PM

    I use the Mk1 70 -200 2.8 is version - I know when I purchased it I considered the non is but thought hell if I buy it I will always have wished I had gone with the IS version.

    Moral I guess is buy the best and you'll have no regrets Wink

    colin beeley
    colin beeley e2 Member 111070 forum postscolin beeley vcard England10 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Sep 2012 - 8:54 PM

    here you are i used to have that combo & it was much sharper than the IS version that's why i sold the IS one & kept the non . i have sold both now & have the f/4 L IS very sharp combo indeed Wink

    justin c
    justin c  104512 forum posts England36 Constructive Critique Points
    17 Sep 2012 - 9:30 PM


    Quote: I ride a bike so it's not feasible for me to carry a tripod

    Carrying a tripod on a bike shouldn't pose a problem, in fact it's a lot easier than carrying it yourself, let the bike take the weight. I carry a big, hefty 5 series Gitzo on a bike all the time, no problem at all. Just use two or three elasticated bungees to secure it to a rear pannier rack.

    MikeRC
    MikeRC e2 Member 93488 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
    18 Sep 2012 - 7:15 PM


    Quote: Carrying a tripod on a bike shouldn't pose a problem,

    ...well it does for me justin....even useing a tripod presents a problem...you may well be a lot fitter/stronger/younger than I..you are without doubt a more capable cyclist/photographer...but for me it's a problem Smile

    I cannot handle the weight of the heavier 2.8 lenses...why I considered a non IS f4 but I doubt It'll be more beneficial than my 28-300 f3.5-5.6 Nikon so sadly I think I'll have to stick.

    thanks again all.....Mike

    knownowt
    knownowt  3 United Kingdom
    22 Sep 2012 - 7:32 PM

    Try a monopod

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