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Old Jul 22, 2008, 11:50 PM   #11
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I can't say I'm in the same league as NHL but I have had experience with the 400 F5.6 and own the 500 F4.

The 400 is an excellent lens and a great value. I wished I had bought it instead of the 300 F4. It is very light and razor sharp - perfect for hiking with. It is also an excellent lens for flight shots.

The attached picture was taken with the 500 F4 at F6.3. I love this lens. It stays on my body 90% of the time. You get used to the weight quickly. In fact, when compared to a 600 F4, it seems really light! Its weight has not deterred me from hiking with it. The resulting pictures make it worthwhile.

For light weight handheld shots I would go with the 400 F5.6. If you don't mind some weight and using a tripod, the 500 F4 is for you. Sorry I can't comment on the 100-400 and the Sigma lenses but have seen some really nice pictures from those lenses.

Good luck!

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Old Jul 23, 2008, 10:53 AM   #12
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... You get used to the weight quickly. In fact, when compared to a 600 F4, it seems really light! Its weight has not deterred me from hiking with it. The resulting pictures make it worthwhile.
I agree with a 1.4x the EF-500 makes a nice a "lightweight" 700 combo too... however I can't take it on my 1-person kayak else I'll be tipping over! :-):lol::G


-> Stuck by default with the Sigma on the water:






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Old Jul 25, 2008, 5:29 PM   #13
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I took this shot with the 500 F4 at F8 from a relatively close distance. Even at F8 you can blur the background quite nicely and keep the subject sharp.

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