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Old Nov 7, 2007, 1:15 PM   #1
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Hi,

i have been using the 120-300 for a long time now. No question that its a great lens. But i havent been using the lens at 300 F2.8 for any sport or anything. It has mostly been wildlife. Now slowly thinking if this lens is a overhead on what i am doing with it. 90% time i shoot with the 2x extender at 600mm with either my 5d or the mark II.

So was wondering if it would be a better idea to sell this lens and get a better alternative which is either a 500mm f4 lens or a 300mm f4 IS lens or even the 50-500 bigma.the money i could save, i can even get the bigma and the 300mm f4 IS. I may sound crazy but just wanted some opinion from the pros here.

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Old Nov 7, 2007, 3:08 PM   #2
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Why would a 300 f/4 or the 50-500 be a better alternative?
1. Isn't the 300 f/4 limited by the same TC, but now you're slower by 1-stop?
2. The Bigma is still short of 100mm when compared to the 120-300 f/2.8 with a 2x

-> I have the 500mm f/4 but still keep my 120-300 f/2.8 (as well as my 100-400L)
Try this, tape your 120-300 f/2.8 fixed to 1 position @ 500mm, can you live with this focal lenght all day? :idea:
If you can then multiply its weight by about 2 that's how the 500mm f/4 feels like...


A better alternative may require a different body - i.e. a 2x crop camera
-> A Bigma on an Oly will give you a 100-1000mm reach (or a higher resolution body like a D2x where you shoot @ 2x crop). This is what I'm contemplating at this time for the same weight since I always carry the 120-300 (or the 100-400L) as a backup to my 500 f/4 when it's just too long!
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i totally understand how it will feel carrying the 500F4 all day long...

mostly i shoot brids that are still..anyway i havent even come close to mastering those in flight let alone thinking abt flight. And i have been thinking abt the olympus too..its a cheaper alternative to 1000mm and we know the bigma is quite a lens till 400mm atleast...it costs so less and with the olympus we have a IS 800mm f5.6 lens..and pictures worth 10MP is not a joke anyway

I am going to keep the 120-300 and think mostly in ur lines on the olympus..sounds a better option and lighter option...i find it hard work with the 120-300 and i know how it feels with the 500mm...u must be build like hercules :G
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i totally understand how it will feel carrying the 500F4 all day long...
It's not just the weight...
This is how big it is: Left to right 70-200 f/2.8, 100-400L, 120-300 f/2.8, and 500 f/4L




-> You can not pass incognito anywhere - You must not be shy either... :-)
As soon as you pull this white monster out of the trunk of the car everyone will be looking (or pointing) at you. I always tried to be discrete by reversing the hood over the lens to 1/2 its size, but the hood itself is still larger than most soup bowl!
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thats my dream lens honestly....only problem i have is when i return to my country (india) i will have all kinda problem carrying in the flight. Cant check in this lens cant check my other lens's or camera. So i dont ahve a choice...

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thats my dream lens honestly....only problem i have is when i return to my country (india) i will have all kinda problem carrying in the flight. Cant check in this lens cant check my other lens's or camera. So i dont ahve a choice...

Lifes cruel to me



In fact I do feel your pain... since I travel overseas quite a lot for my birdings
-> The problem with checking in is that you may not find your lens at the other end!
I always take it as carry-on - That's why anything larger is a NO-NO hence I'm looking for a longer but smaller alternative...

The States is great, Europe is OK too, but most other places you want to be as inconspitious as you could... unfortunately a big L stick out like a white elephant!!!
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