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#1 with a 70400G
« on: December 24, 2009, 10:07:12 AM »
Well... the 70400 arrived yesterday and after a wipe of the dribble from my lips I attached to the a700 and took a quick shot through the back bedroom window - not the best for light.

Not the sharpest shot but it was a quick one, speed not enough to stop some motion blur and not being use to the weight...


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400mm, f5.6, 1/250, ISO 800

1 New Years resololution; try not to rush... and poss #2 take up some weight lifting training ;)
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2009, 12:02:01 PM »
Congratulations Frank (aka wires)
Would certainly advise getting a monopod for use with it, will make all the difference.
Looking forward to seeing some pics with it during the coming months.


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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2009, 12:12:57 PM »
Thanks Rob - I was well pleased with the shot... also took a couple of others as a play :) The on going weakness in my left wrist doesn't help :(

I've a monopod already but don't seem to be able to get the hang of using it ??? :-[ still, will give a go and 'hope' to take more before the lad gets his sticky mitts on it ;)

Now have to give some serious thought as to reducing the lens collection I have. The Tammy 11-18 doesn't get used much - can't remember the last time. Also the Sigma 135-400 is a possible even though I've not had it long and like what it produces. The Minolta 500 is one I can't decide on ???
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2009, 12:15:59 PM »
Congratulations Frank (aka wires)
Would certainly advise getting a monopod for use with it, will make all the difference.
Looking forward to seeing some pics with it during the coming months.


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Nah just build those muscles! :)  But realistically I have got some pretty sharp images hand holding it on the A700 400mm at 1/125 sec but if you are going to be taking a lot of photos from the same spot I would use a monopod.
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2009, 12:35:51 PM »
Thanks Fud :)

That shot was hand held and through a double glazed window which I doubt helped the sharpness.


The lad [25yr old] will no doubt collar it for use when out hawking to get some action shots... presently the 70300G is stuck to his a700!
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2009, 01:20:01 PM »
Congratulation with with your new toy, with the weight you will get use to it soon, personally i didn't use until now my monopote with 70-400.As Fud said i manage to take hand holding at 400mm with 1/125 very sharp. Its needs time to get used to it
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2009, 03:50:10 PM »
Thanks TG :) It's a bit of a 'monster' but not quite as heavy as I thought it would be - just ;)
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2009, 04:56:24 PM »
A wee question, does the 70-400 have a lock on it to stop the front creeping out ?

My 170-500 has'nt got a lock on it and it worries me that some day it might strip the gears..

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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2009, 05:36:46 PM »
A wee question, does the 70-400 have a lock on it to stop the front creeping out ?

My 170-500 has'nt got a lock on it and it worries me that some day it might strip the gears..

geordie..

No the SAL 70-400 G doesn't have any lock switch and i thing it doesn't need it, because the zoom ring when turning is very tight.
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2009, 06:29:39 PM »
Thanks TG.. for the swift response..

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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2009, 08:06:50 PM »
Congratulations Frank! I'm sure you will love it for the short time you get to use it. ;)
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #11 on: December 24, 2009, 08:21:30 PM »
No fair, Frank.  I have to wait until Christmas morning to open mine.
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2009, 12:04:30 PM »
Hi Geordie, as TG responded :) but it has THREE focus lock 'buttons'... not had much time to practice yet.

Thanks Tom F... got it hidden away for now to try to make sure I get a chance to try it out properly.

Sorry Peter :-[ - Bet that was the first pressie that got opened this morning :) that's if you got the choice before family passed your other pressies over ;)

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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2009, 11:40:16 PM »
Thanks Fud :)

That shot was hand held and through a double glazed window which I doubt helped the sharpness.


The lad [25yr old] will no doubt collar it for use when out hawking to get some action shots... presently the 70300G is stuck to his a700!
Must be a problem with these 70-300Gs as mine is stuck on my A700 too !! Much lighter than the 70-400G (and the Bigma 50-500) and for ease of carry I have to sacrifice the extra length and speed.   Keep posting shots like that though and I might have to re-consider...john
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Re: #1 with a 70400G
« Reply #14 on: January 01, 2010, 09:30:45 PM »
Thanks John [chappo1] - kind of you to say the shot 'may' get you to consider an 'upgrade' ;) I was [am] pleasantly surprised with the way it turned out and I've no doubt it will get more use than the 70-300G :)
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