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Which setup to take?? (1 Viewer)

canonman77

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United Kingdom
Hello guys, I’m making a trip to bempton cliffs/flambrough cliffs this Friday, it’s been a while & just wondering which lens setup would benefit me. Is is the 7d mk2 + 100-400 mk2 or canon 300 f2.8 + 7d mk1 + 2x extender mk2. Don’t get me wrong it’s a nice dilemma to have, kind of bittersweet. I’m mainly wanting BIF pics. I’ll probably end up taking both, but would appreciate some feedback on what other people used & was it enough.

Thanks
Sean
 

dragnil

The glass is half full, but the bottle is empty.
Well, we all have different ideas on this but for me the weight of the outfit is a major influence. I use black lenses so I'm unsure of the weight of yours but I've had good results at Bempton by taking both as you're suggesting. I love my 200-400 + 1.4TC but I can no longer swing it around and hold the birds steady in view - so that one goes on a tripod. That said Nikon released a lightweight 500mm and this has made by BIF shooting so much easier (I said easier, not better!), so I can hand hold with this lens. I suppose I'm saying take both and try on the spot for which works best.
It's not always the longest that beats the others, on the Farnes I found my 70-200 produced the goods and the big heavy zoom sat on the grass because the birds were flying so close.
Good luck, it's a great venue at this time of year and Staple Neuk (?) was a good spot for me last time.
 

canonman77

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United Kingdom
Hi dragnil, thanks for your message, I was leaning towards taking both, It’s been a while since I last did bird photography & I used to be able to handhold the 300 f2.8 + 2x extender with ease but after nearly 8yrs on ive struggled, but that might improve if I use it more regularly. Thanks for your advice, hope weather holds out for me, at moment it’s looking like a good day.

Sean
 
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Columbia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
ZEISS. Discover the fascinating world of birds, and win a birding trip to Colombia
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