10/25/2008

My Canon wish list is more expensive now...

Well unless Santa wins the lottery this year my Canon photographic wish list will stay just that. The lens, a 300mm F2.8 is pretty damn pricey at around $4,500 to 5,500 BUT the reviews are consistently amazing. It has been rated as the best birding lens around and it even allows you to add a 2x extender without sacrificing sharpness. Oh yeah, the converter is an additional $400 - $550. Ok now the body needs to be something magical. How about something that can take amazing digital photos while at the same time taking HD video. HD video you scoff! Yip, Canon now makes such a beast. The new Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III takes amazing HD video. Check out this video of a Brown Shrike shot with the Mark III. Ok so Santa must be wondering what this is going to set him back and I’m happy to report that the Mark III will retail for around $2,700. This means for well below $10,000 I can get the ultimate birding setup – hey we may even want to throw in a pair of Leica 10x50 binos…..

16 comments:

kyle said...

I want a starter canon setup
A canon rebel xsi- around 600
canon 400mm f/5.6 lens-1100
This lens is great for bird photography, it is not too pricy and gets in real close. My photographer friend uses it and it works great. It is light and perfect. My friends website is stevesachsphotography.com
his fall 2008 is pictures from that lens.

Gallicissa said...

Hey Owlman,
That is a great set up and I hope Santa will listen and do something. The 300mm f 2.8 is a great carry-on lens for birders with deep pockets.

Owlman said...

Hi Kyle,

Yeah, this is amy ultimate dream list. In reality I would be happy with a 400mm f5.6 or even a 300mm. Neither on on my financial horizon any time soon... Thanks for popping in and for the link I will definitely check it out shortly.

Hi Amila,

I hear you - I was hoping Santa was real and that he'd have deep pockets ;-) Thanks for popping in. What camera equipment do you use?

Anonymous said...

Owlman,
I could hear Santa laughing when he read your wish list. It certainly is good to have dreams although I think that kind of money might be better spent giving your wonderful wife a nice romantic weekend getaway!!!!!!!

Owlman said...

I have a sneaking suspicion that anonymous might be someone who might know my wife VERY well. Honey, you are the best and of course I had a wonderfully romantic birding weekend planned once Santa delivers. Thanks for reading my blog and for commenting anonymous! Hmm, flirting with your wife on an owl blog - who'd have thunk.....

Gallicissa said...

For macro, I use Canon 40D + Canon 100mm f 2.8 Macro Lens, which is my only available lens at the moment. Before this, I used Pansonic Lumix FZ-18, which was my intermediate camera prior to switching to dSLR.

For bird photography I use Nikon Coolpix 5100 with my Kowa TSN 823 scope.

Camera prices are prohibitively expensive here compared to US and Santas generally do not have deep pockets!

If I were you, I would ask Santa for a 50D with 300mm f 2.8 plus a few accessories such as decent flash, a water proof camera bag, couple of 4 GB memory cards, battery pack, tripod PLUS if he is really a good Santa, those binoculars.

Richard said...

I'm holding out for the Zeiss PhotoScope™ 85 T* FL since I want to get into digiscoping. Funny thing about cameras is that as soon as you get them something better comes out that you feel you just have to have.

Owlman said...

Thanks for the advice Amila. I hear you Richard, camera bodies change so fast, which is why I feel that the lenses are the real investment. My dream lens is the 300 F2.8 and I will hold out until I can afford it. With young kids, mortgages, cars and the slumping economy this may take me MANY years, but I know it will be worth the wait. Hey by the time I can afford it we may be onto some bigger and better, who knows ;-) It would be nice if they can invent a camera that scans the bird and gives you an automatic ID…

Richard said...

If you invent a camera with an automatic ID, you can buy any camera you want. Please make it affordable for all us poor birders.

Owlman said...

Richard, I promise I'll never forget my roots ;-)

Eve said...

Hey Owlman!! Long time no type to!! Good camera pick. I have a 5D that I LOVE...but there's always a better Canon out there! I would really love that 100-400mm IS Lens....dream on......

Owlman said...

Eve, welcome back!

This is a ‘dream setup’ and unless Santa wins the lottery or there's a MAJOR bailout plan for him then it will stay that. Realistically I would love the 100-400, but that's not on the family shopping list any time soon. Maybe the folks at Canon will read this and feel sorry for me.....maybe not ;-) Thanks again for stopping in, glad to hear from you.

Kyle said...

Hello, I was wondering what camera and lens you are currently using. You have some awesome pictures. Your pictures of the Sharp shinned Hawk, Short ears, and Long ears seem very good. Thank you,
Kyle

Owlman said...

Hi Kyle, thanks for the compliments on the bird shots. At the moment I'm using a Canon digital rebel body and my lens is a Canon 75-300 F4-5.6 IS USM. The IS stands for Image Stabilization which was really rare when I bought it about 9 years ago. The lens is decent, but it focuses a little slowly for action photography. Having said that I think it lot has to do with your patience and how you use the equipment that you have. If you want to get into bird photography then my setup is an inexpensive entry point.

kevin said...

Hey Owlman,

That 300 would be a nice lens...On my wishlist as well..But, right now I'm using a new(ish) Sigma 120- 400 zoom...very nice glass, pretty fast, IS enabled, and when I went to my local camera guy I was prepared to get the same in Canon, but was quickly talked out of it as I'm on a budget, the Sigma was $800 cheaper, and afforded me the opp to pick up a nice (Canon)wide angle lens to add to the kit as well....I'm happy with the lens...ran a little more than $1100 with taxes...pretty sweet for a relative newbie like me...

Owlman said...

Hey Kevin,

Thanks for stopping in and for the info on the Sigma lens. I've heard some great things about it. What body do you use?

Best,

Owlman.