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I have only just realised this site was back. This was my daily keep me sane and I missed it dreadfully, to be honest I had given up as I kept going to old bookmarked link and eventually deleted it in January. One day last week I thought I’d do a search and there you were, I’m more a reader than poster, although I will now make an effort to post our October trip.

Statistics: Posted by Dubh — Wed Mar 21, 2018 2:07 pm

Author: Dubh
Posted: March 21, 2018, 8:07 pm
I went from 500 v1 to 600 v2. Never regretted it.
Look at greentoe.com
Yeah, at first I thought it was shady, but it's legit. I bought 2 lenses through them. Saved significant $.
Guaranteed new, full US warranty and 30 day returns (no questions asked.) Yup, sounds too good, but it is legit.
Good luck

PS No connection with greentoe - just a satisfied customer.

Statistics: Posted by F55 — Sat Mar 17, 2018 10:41 am

Author: F55
Posted: March 17, 2018, 4:41 pm
Thank you for everyone who have posted a comment.... It is a big decision, and any information is greatly appreciated. After reading some and hearing the comments so far I am now in a mental struggle between my pocket book and the 600 F/4 V11. I am in this for the long haul now and I should look at it that way. I have purchased many lenses over the years always trying to save money and in the end I always seem to compromise somewhere, and money is always the problem, in the end never really getting what I want. Maybe this time I will take the advise of the more experienced people on this forum and do it right this time.

Thank you again and any and all comments are welcome... Do you know of any ways to save some money on buying these lenses? What are some favorite and secure places to buy online? Also is the online store..www.abesofmaine.com

Is this website real? or should I stay away from it? Any other places besides B&H, Adorama, Canon to shop ?

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:51 am

Author: pugman170
Posted: March 17, 2018, 3:51 pm
I tend to agree with Max. I had the 500mm M I and when I decided to upgrade, I looked at the 500, 600 and 800. I decided on the 600mm f/4 Mark II. It's a great lens and is definitely clearer than my older 500. But, that is absolutely your choice. I have an indulgent wife who let me spend the money on the 600 (if I got great shots with it!). But, if it came down to a choice between the 500mm Mark II and the 600mm Mark II, I would go for the 600. It's a little bit more, but you just can't beat the range, especially with a 1.4 or 2.0 Mark III extender on it!


Statistics: Posted by scottwilkes — Sat Mar 17, 2018 6:10 am

Author: scottwilkes
Posted: March 17, 2018, 12:10 pm
I'm not sure if it's worth the sizable investment to get the version II if you already have the version I, unless size and weight are a considerable issue for you. In my case, I went from the 500mm vI to the 600mm vII. If I wanted to stick with 500mm, I probably wouldn't have gotten rid of the old one. The new versions are excellent, and they do save you in terms of weight and length, but it is a costly trade.


Statistics: Posted by Max — Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:24 pm

Author: Max
Posted: March 17, 2018, 12:24 am
Nice! I just switched to Sony as well and love it. I did buy a raffle ticket anyway for a great cause!

Statistics: Posted by Doubledub — Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:20 pm

Author: Doubledub
Posted: March 16, 2018, 6:20 pm
I would recommend googling reviews and looking at You tube. They have much good information out there from reputable photographers. I had decided on the 600 II, but at the last minute switched to Sony. You can pick up good quality used copies from Keh, Adorama, B &H as well as Bird as Art blog has a used gear section. You need to be patient, but they do come available every so often. I love both of the lenses, excellent, super sharp and much lighter than their v1 counter parts. Now I just have to wait for Sony to make one or adapt a Canon version!

Statistics: Posted by Doubledub — Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:00 am

Author: Doubledub
Posted: March 16, 2018, 5:00 pm
I have been thinking about upgrading to the new version of the Canon 500 Lens. I currently own and use Canon 500 Version 1 and like it very much. The new Canon 500 has been out long enough now for people to try and I would be interested in everyone's opinion on the subject, Pro's... Con's... everything you have to offer. If you know of ways to buy the new version and save some money that info would be great too. For those of you who have purchased one of the new lenses be it the 500 or 600 was it worth the investment? would you purchase one again? What are your thoughts on the subject.... Spring is almost here and I am ready for some Grizzly action..... but what lens do I use this year? Please help me to decide.

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Tue Mar 13, 2018 7:45 pm

Author: pugman170
Posted: March 14, 2018, 1:45 am
Looks like a productive weekend.

Statistics: Posted by GoHike — Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:11 pm

Author: GoHike
Posted: March 13, 2018, 11:11 pm
Nice shots!

Statistics: Posted by RikWriter — Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:03 am

Author: RikWriter
Posted: March 12, 2018, 4:03 pm
Had a nice warmer weekend in the Park. Lots of wolves up high on the ridges. Otters in the river just before Lamar but no parking to try and get pictures..

About half a dozen groups of bison hunters on the old Yellowstone Road.
ImageYNP1-9375 by john morris, on Flickr

ImageYNP1-9380 by john morris, on Flickr

Saw 3 foxes, all around the Picnic area.
ImageYNP1-9384 by john morris, on Flickr

Lots of faraway wolves, caught this one near the road by the Institute.
ImageYNP1-9442 by john morris, on Flickr

ImageYNP1-9401 by john morris, on Flickr

We had a choice for camping of snow at Mammoth or mud at Yankee Jim, we chose the mud. :)
ImageYNP1-9240 by john morris, on Flickr

Statistics: Posted by bridger1215 — Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:48 am

Author: bridger1215
Posted: March 12, 2018, 2:48 pm
Glad to have you posting here again, Dave.
I don't care what equipment you use, the results are always great.

Statistics: Posted by lah — Wed Mar 07, 2018 10:20 pm

Author: lah
Posted: March 8, 2018, 5:20 am
Some pictures from my February trip to Yellowstone (first with Sony)
I'm now shooting the Sony A7RIII with a 16-35/2.8 GM, 24-105/4.0 G and 100-400/5.6 GM while I wait for their 400/2.8 GM to ship this summer.

A cross fox out hunting near lower geyser basin (Sony A7RIII and 100-400 GM and 2.0 TC)

Water and ice at Yellowstone Falls (Sony A7RIII and 100-400 GM)

A resting coyote takes a peak (Sony A7RIII and 100-400 GM with 2.0 TC)

A coyote enjoys the young bison killed by wolves near Old Faithful (Sony A7RIII and 100-400 GM with 2.0 TC)

A bison sits out a storm near Soda Butte Cone on a very cold and windy morning (Sony A7RIII and 100-400 GM)

A red fox makes its way along the valley floor (Sony A7RIII and 100-400 GM)

Last Fall I transitioned from Canon to Sony for many reasons, mostly size and portability for my travels. I've partnered with a Montana based nonprofit who is doing a raffle and the winner gets all of my Canon camera gear, and more.
Only 500 tickets are being sold at $100 a piece. Once all the tickets are sold or on May 10, 2018, one lucky winner will receive an entire professional photography gear package valued at $31,552.


I'm mentioning it here, because you all know me as GoHike the professor who makes lots and lots of trips to Yellowstone, and also because the drawing is just in time for bear season in Yellowstone. Plus you have all watched the photographs made by the gear for the last decade, and if one of you wins the gear will keep getting to go to Yellowstone and make beautiful pictures of parkadise.

There used to be a for sale forum, but it didn't get recreated with the new site, so hopefully I'm not posting this in the wrong place.

Statistics: Posted by GoHike — Wed Mar 07, 2018 9:16 pm

Author: GoHike
Posted: March 8, 2018, 4:16 am
Imagemammoth3 by Linda Hamilton, on Flickr

Statistics: Posted by lah — Tue Mar 06, 2018 5:22 pm

Author: lah
Posted: March 7, 2018, 12:22 am
Not sure what I am doing wrong, I forgot how I guess....

Statistics: Posted by pugman170 — Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:55 pm

Author: pugman170
Posted: March 6, 2018, 2:55 am

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