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Old Sep 25, 2004, 9:52 PM   #11
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The 50-500 is weighted real nice and I have no problem carrying it around like I did today for 4 hours straight, resting it across my arms until it's time to shoot. I've been using it now for many months and thousands of photos so I think that carrying it sort of becomes second nature as well.

style="BACKGROUND-COLOR: #000000"PS - it only starts to get heavy when the birds hide for long periods of time. That gives me time to think about what I'm carrying.
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Old Sep 26, 2004, 1:01 AM   #12
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can you hand hold it full zoom?? I get people telling me I should be using a tripod with my 300m lens on full zoom but Ive gotton clear shots from it hand held. I need a tripod on macro setting with it and thats all. I guess some people are more steady handed than others.:-)
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Old Sep 27, 2004, 4:05 PM   #13
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can you hand hold it full zoom?? I get people telling me I should be using a tripod with my 300m lens on full zoom but Ive gotton clear shots from it hand held. I need a tripod on macro setting with it and thats all. I guess some people are more steady handed than others.:-)
The simple formula is 1/focal length for the shutter speed so it is not tought to hand hold 500mm as long as light is good. It is a heavy lens so may get tiringfor folks like me. No-a-days, I am shooting my 100-400 hand held for more than 1/2 a day without the IS, so hand holding 300mm should not be any problem. Just check your shutter speed at 300mm and boost the ISO to keep it at or above 1/500.
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Old Sep 27, 2004, 4:05 PM   #14
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WOW!!!. The best squirrel shots I have seen in a long while. I think adding the fill-flash did the trick. I need to buy one.
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Old Sep 27, 2004, 10:13 PM   #15
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Thanks bobby, the fill flash was definitely an asset in this situation; I wanted to make sure those red berries stood out. And the squirrel hung around long enough for me to play with some exposures.
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