You Be the Judge & Mint Canon 600mm f/4L IS II Lens for Sale « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

You Be the Judge & Mint Canon 600mm f/4L IS II Lens for Sale

Coming Soon

Within the next few days I will do a feature detailing my thoughts on which camera body I will be using in various situations at Bosque.

The Streak Continues: 347

On Tuesday I finally finished the “Love Affair with Bosque” slide program, answered a stack of e-mails, enjoyed an easy 60-length swim in the sunshine, and took a short nap. This blog post, the 347th in a row, took about 1 1/2 hours to prepare. It was published from my home at Indian Lake Estates just after 5:30am. Today is packing day. I will be home for only 3 full days between tomorrow and January 13, 2015. 🙂

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This backlit Guanaco image was created at Torres del Paine National Park in Chile with the Gitzo 3532 LS carbon fiber tripod, the Mongoose M3.6 head, the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens, the Canon 1.4x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 200. Evaluative metering -2/3 stop: 1/800 sec. at f/9 in Av mode.

Three sensors up from the central sensor AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF on the middle of the Guanacoo’s eye active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Backlit Guanaco

This image made the final round of judging in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition. Denise Ippolito suggested that I enter this image.

Blacklit Magic

You can learn how to create strongly backlit images against black backgrounds like the image above in the “Blacklit Magic” blog post here.

This abstract King Penguin neck pattern image was created at St. Andrews Bay with the tripod-mounted Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens, the Canon 2x EF Extender III (Teleconverter), and the unfortunately discontinued EOS-1D Mark IV. ISO 400. Evaluative metering +1 2/3 stops: 1/125 sec. at f/16 in Manual mode.

Central sensor/AI Servo Rear Focus AF and recompose. Click here if you missed the Rear Focus Tutorial. Be sure to click on the image to enjoy a larger version.

To learn why I used the 300 and the 1D IVI rather than the 500 and the 1D X to create this image see the “Wrecked” blog post coming soon.

King Penguin abstract neck pattern

This image made the final round of judging in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition. Denise Ippolito suggested that I enter this image.

You Be the Judge

One of the two images above was Highly Honored in the 2014 Nature’s Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards competition. Which one was honored? If you were a judge for this prestigious contest, which would you have selected? Be sure to let us know why. Please, no spoilers. 🙂

I am flying to Washington DC on Thursday to attend the awards ceremony at the National Museum of Natural History and then continuing on to Albuquerque, Socorro, and my beloved Bosque del Apache NWR in San Antonio, NM for 3 1/2 fairly busy weeks. Though I have had more than several images in the Nature’s Best museum exhibit my busy schedule has always prevented me from attending the ceremony. Until now. It should be fun hobnobbing with some of the world’s best nature photographers.

Used Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Lens

Only $9999

Mark Richman is literally giving away a barely used Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lens in mint condition for only $9,999. This one should sell instantly. The sale includes the original box and everything that came in it, the rear lens cap, the protective front hood, a 4th Generation Design CR-X 5 low foot, the original lens foot, the original box, the LensCoat that was installed on day one, and insured shipping via UPS Ground to US addresses only. Your gear will be shipped only after your check clears.

Please contact Mark via e-mail or by phone at 914-772-7060. Eastern Time Zone.

The new 600 is just a shade heavier than the old 500, is incredibly sharp, and kills with both teleconverters yielding focal lengths of 600mm, 840mm, and 1200mm with a full frame camera body. In short, it is the world’s premier super-telephoto lens. At 8.65 pounds it is hand holdable by many folks not including me. (Actually, I can hand hold if for flight for a very few minutes and can easily hand hold it while sitting on my butt. In comparison, the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR AF lens weighs in at a hefty 11.16 pounds…. I own a 600 II and use it regularly. Even after the recent $1,000 price drop the lens sells new for $11,999.00 at B&H as here.

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12 comments to You Be the Judge & Mint Canon 600mm f/4L IS II Lens for Sale

  • avatar David Policansky

    Artie: I agree exactly with Andy Gregory. I do have a question for you, though: Why do you enter photo contests?

    It is really cold here in central New Mexico just east of the central mountains. Still in the twenties at 1 pm.

    • avatar Warren H

      I would like to see AM’s reason for entering contests also, but I would assume it is because he is a professional photographer who makes his living from photography and these prestigious contests provide great exposure. (No pun intended…)

  • Nice Photo, excellent light an composition of our lovely Guanacos , congratulations .

    Un abrazo desde Chile para ti y Denise.

  • Love both of them. Very creative… out of the box

  • avatar Warren H

    I really like #1. I could easily see that as a large framed print on a wall! However, I think #2 is the better, more captivating image.

    1) I love the colors, lines and shapes.
    2) It makes you really look at it… Is that a large eye???
    3) the angle of the orange fringed feathers in the lower half create a kind of “movement” as your eye moves across the image. Very captivating to me!

    They are both great images, but the second one makes me think more and want to look at it more…. (I don’t know if that’s what the judges care about though…)

  • avatar Bill Richardson

    I love backlit shots so I will vote that number 1 but the other one would be number 1.1. As to the 600mmII, I wish I had had that opportunity last year. 😉 An absolutely superb lens.

    Saludos from Chile

  • I like #2 for a reason or two…

    #1. Penguin is my nickname, so I’m a little partisan on that one 🙂
    #2. I love how the orange starts off and dark and breaks away and fades.
    #3. Then there’s the semi-black kind of pressing into the orange so it doesn’t
    look like a straight horizontal line.
    #4. All of this surrounded by the white and a touch of yellow bordering the black.

  • I like both images but number one stands out as the one I would vote for if I was a judge. It has impact, it is different to the norm, it is sharp and well exposed and is a simple design. Keep up the great work.