Birding with a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4

Started Feb 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
Dr Bob
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Re: Birding with a 500mm F4 or 600mm F4

longroad wrote:

Cost aside, I think the decision is simple. Want to hand hold most of the time? Get the 500. If you're happy to be tripod bound, get the 600.

I'm a ≤ 55kg female and I handhold a 500/4 for birds, and carry it on long bush walks on my back. I only use a tripod for video. Where there's a will there's a way.

Perhaps you are happy to use a tripod most of the time for birds which is fine, but it's far too restrictive and cumbersome for me.

I think this hits the nail on the head. It's all about if I am looking to handhold or not. At the moment most of my shooting is handheld - walking around woods or coastline taking shots, and I do like BIF. This would change considerably with the 600mm.

Thanks for the input.

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