Well thisarvo has been my first chance to assemble my 600mm lens and associated gear. I got all this kit as I'm running two back to back 2-week Kenya photo safaris in January 2011, and I'm letting people borrow this lens. Should be fun! Right now though, I just can't wait to point it at something slightly more exciting than pigeons! All I've done so far is point it at what I thought was a star the other night, and turns out it was actually the planet Jupiter, and I could clearly see all the moons of Jupiter that orbit around it, and even the coloured gas bands across the surface of the planet! So cool!
I'm so in love with it! So the lens is a Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS L USM, protected from bangs and scratches by a camo neoprene LensCoat cover, which all then neatly fits into the dedicated and amazingly comfortable Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW II, and the carbon fibre Gitzo tripod (GT353OLS), fitted with the world's best tripod head - the Wimberley Head (Version 2) which acts like a perfectly balanced and gimballed anti-aircraft gunners mount. The camera is my Canon EOS 1D mk IV DSLR.
You can't use a ball head with a lens this epic, as ball heads are of course unstable and if you released the drag knob on a ball head underneath all this, the whole thing would just flop expensively sideways. With this balanced system, I can easily and smoothly swing the lens around to face any subject with the lightest touch. It's amazing! I'm very proud to now be a Wimberley Professional Services Member. Check out the Wimberley Head and their other gear at www.TripodHead.com.
Bring on the wildlife!