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    RF 600mm thoughts

    So I got my FR 600mm in the post from HDEW yesterday and managed to give it a try out and about in my back garden with an obliging gull bought in by some seed and meal worms.

    Some thoughts. First off, there are limitations that you know about up-front. It's closest focal distance is 4.5m which is a surprisingly long way. Less of a problem is the f11 thing with the light we have at the moment ISO isn't that much of an issue. It doesn't come with a hood, but then most Canon lenses don't.

    Things I've learned. When extended for use the exposed section of tubing feels very lightweight, perhaps even cheap. Oh and when you put a sling on the tripod mount, with the lens collapsed it's fine to carry but with the lens extended, the balance is all wrong. And then there's the additional focus area in the viewfinder which shows the reduced area of AF coverage.

    But then... I put the sling back on the camera, it's a light enough combo unlike a 150-600mm that I worry about the camera mount being damaged and it's easy to ignore the tube being plastic.

    And then I looked at the images and all of those concerns disappeared. It's brilliant. Easy to carry, easy to wave around to catch subjects and the images from it look as good as any I've taken with much more expensive and heavier kit (Nikon 200-500mm, I'm looking at you). Ok so it's not weather-sealed but at f11 it's unlikely to be a bad weather lens.

    And some samples...

    Back garden gull by Andy Mulhearn, on Flickr

    Back garden gull by Andy Mulhearn, on Flickr

    all-in-all, I’m pleased with my purchase
    EOS 7D mk II, Sigma 150-660C, Canon 17-85 EF-S, Tamron 10-24 and a wife who shares my obsession.

    #2
    Nice shots
    Trev

    Equipment - According to the wife more than a Camera Shop got

    Flickr:
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/trevb2639/

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      #3
      Oooh the detail on those shots is remarkable !
      Canon EOS R5, R6 plus the usual suspects ......

      https://www.flickr.com/photos/bo_fo_to

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        #4
        A brief update after a while of use.
        1. The long close focussing distance is still a pain for small subjects like butterflies.
        2. Image quality looks pretty good for the price
        3. The lens is so light in the hand that birds in flight become a lot easier as there’’s way less to move around.
        4. Shooting at f11 means I pay more attention to the shutter speed needed and have been shooting at 1/100 and below where light is poor to keep ISO as low as possible.
        Sample of a GIF (Gull In Flight):

        Into land by Andy Mulhearn, on Flickr

        And a low shutter speed Blue tit:

        Blue tit by Andy Mulhearn, on Flickr

        EOS 7D mk II, Sigma 150-660C, Canon 17-85 EF-S, Tamron 10-24 and a wife who shares my obsession.

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          #5
          Nice shots...I have the same lens...its amazing and a game changer.
          Brian Vickers LRPS

          brianvickersphotography.com

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            #6
            Remarkable quality.
            Alan

            2 EOS 5D Mk IVs, EOS R6, EOS 3 (film camera), Canon 20mm f2.8, Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art, Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art, Canon 85mm f1.8, Tamron 24-70 f2.8, Sigma 70-200 f2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. Canon RF 24-105mm STM

            http://www.springfield-photography.com/

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              #7
              Good shots, especially the Blue Tit
              Trev

              Equipment - According to the wife more than a Camera Shop got

              Flickr:
              https://www.flickr.com/photos/trevb2639/

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                #8
                which body are you using Andy?

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                  #9
                  It’s the R6.
                  EOS 7D mk II, Sigma 150-660C, Canon 17-85 EF-S, Tamron 10-24 and a wife who shares my obsession.

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