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BIRDS AS ART On-Line Bulletin #2


Hi Again Fellow Photographers,
Hope that all is well with you.  All here at BIRDS AS ART is A-OK, and busy.
Bulletin subscriber and long time top NYC photo-journalist Ralph Ginzburg wrote advising that Canon's big new IS lens would not be as attractive as I thought to pro sports shooters as they require action stopping shutter speeds to freeze their fast-moving subjects, and would not benefit from IS which is effective at slower shutter speeds.  Thanks Ralph.
Bryan Geyer of Really Right Stuff (tel: 805-528-6321) advises that the lens specific mounting plate for the new Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS lens is in production and will be available for shipping in about two weeks.  It will be quite some time until a plate for the 600 IS is designed and manufactured as Brain has been unable to get his hands on one yet.  I had the  RRS plate for my old 600mm f/4L redrilled by a local machine shop for $30.00.  In a pinch, the RRS B-84 plate mounted ass-backwards will work for either the 500 or the 600 IS lenses, but of course, these too-small plates are far less than optimal, but a better alternative then not using your new lens at all. 
Bird photographer, Nikon shooter, good friend, and chief competitor Tom Vezo wrote that stating he has made sharp images at 840mm at 1/30 sec with his Nikon 600 f/4.  (I never have.)  He also pointed out that photographers with perfect technique will always be able to produce sharper images than sloppy ones, with or without IS, and that photographers make the picture, not lenses. (Franz Lanting told him that over diner one night.)   He finished blasting away at me by stating that Nikon has the world's best camera body, the F-5, to which I responded, "Yes, I know; I've been telling Canon that for quite some time now."
I would welcome any feedback from others using any of the new Canon IS super-telephotos.
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Best and great picture making.

Arthur Morris

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