Month: May 2013

Gura Gear Memorial Day Promotions

The fine folks at Gura Gear are having a sweet promotion for the next few days, May 24th to 31st. Purchase a new Chobe bag, Bataflae, or Kiboko backpack and receive a bundle of Et Cetera Pouches and a Tembo Memory Wallet for free !  Can’t say fairer than that for $60 of free stuff.  These little organizational pouches are a must-have anyway when you are traveling! I don’t travel anywhere without my Chobe bag !  Check out my review HERE Direct purchase links for the memorial day promotions: Gura Gear Chobe Gura Gear Bataflae Gura Gear Kiboko...

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Accessories For The Canon 200-400 F4 L IS

I ordered the Canon 200-400 F4 L IS the minute it was finally announced and as soon as my local store confirmed that it would be arriving in just a couple of weeks I set about grabbing a few necessary accessories for it.  Since it’s a $12,000 lens I don’t mind spending a few more dollars on a couple of things to protect it and ease its operations.  Let’s take a look at what is available for this exciting new lens: Really Right Stuff LCF-53 This is a replacement foot for the lens that included the Arca Swiss standard dovetail on the bottom of it.  All my support equipment is from Really Right Stuff and all of my cameras and larger lenses have their quick release plates attached.  Since Canon have taken to including two swappable feet for their latest MKII Super Telephoto lenses, it has made it possible for RRS to manufacture an entire foot with the dovetail built into it, rather than a plate to screw onto the bottom.  This adds to the cost a little bit but the weight and bulk saving is significant and at $110 it’s still a small price to pay for the ease of connection to both my tripod and my gimbal head.  The LCF-53 works with the new 200-400 as well as all of Canon’s MKII Teles (300,400,500,600). LensCoat TravelCoat LensCoat...

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Canon 200-400 F4 L IS 1.4x Finally Announced

I’ve honestly lost track of how many times I have written about this lens.  That wouldn’t be that unusual apart from the fact that this lens had not even been officially announced yet, let alone available to purchase! A couple of years ago (or maybe even three?)  Canon put a development announcement out there and showed the world the first concept, a super tele zoom with a built in converter.  Why would they do this you might ask ?  They don’t normally do things like that.  Well Nikon have had a 200-400 f4 for an eternity, maybe even ten years.  It is by far their most popular wildlife photography lens and it also has a big following with sports shooters as well.  In fact many Canon shooter (wildlife ones in particular) switched to Nikon just to have that lens.  Andy Biggs is a good example.  So Canon decided to let everyone know a long time ago that they heard the cries, a lens was coming, and it had a trick up its sleeve….. The 200-400 F4 L IS 1.4x is the first Canon lens to have a built in teleconverter.  That means that the optics in the 1.4x converter are optically matched to that lens.  In other words, engaging the converter to get to a 560mm lens should yield little to no disturbance of image quality.  Effectively this is...

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Pre-Order the New Canon 200-400 F4 L IS

Well yes it finally happened, many years after we first knew about this lens!  You can pre-order the lens using the links below.  I expect this to be in very high demand and short availability so if you really want one then act FAST. B&H Canon 200-400 F4 L IS 1.4x Amazon Canon 200-400 F4 L IS 1.4x

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