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Re: EOS-1D X Mark II or Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S?

Great shots Tom.
John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X, Rebel T5i, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472
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Re: EOS-1D X Mark II or Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S?

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Hammer wrote:

I am limited on Weight for this trip.

 

I can only bring 1 Body and 1 Lens...and a converter. I think 33 lbs. total for all my belongings - so I am trying to maximize my effectiveness.


Are you limited by weight or number of items?

 

As I pointed out the 7D Mk II and EF 100-400 L IS II combined weighs1 lb LESS than the Sigma 150-600 Sport alone. 

 

(corrected weight of Sigma 150-600 Sport to 6.3 lbs)

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Re: EOS-1D X Mark II or Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S?

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Single body single lens solution 

1DX Mk II (3.37 lbs) 

 

Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 Sport (7.4 lbs)

Sigma 2X TC (0.5 lbs)

Total weight  11.27 lbs



Single body 2 lens solution

5D Mk III (2lbs)

 

Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II (2.9 lbs)

Sigma 150-600 OS Sport (6.3 lbs)

 

Sigma 1.4X TC (0.5 lbs) Will the Sigma 150-600 AF on the 5D Mk III with a 1.4X TC???

 

Total 11.7 lbs

 

 

Two body solution

 

5D Mk III (2lbs)

 

Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II (2.9 lbs)

 

Canon 7D Mk II (2 lbs)

 

Canon EF 100-400 IS II (3.5 lbs)

 

Canon 1.4X TC II (0.5 lbs)

Total weight 10.9 lbs

First I don't think you'd be happy with the Sigma 150-600 sport as your only lens it's f/6.3 aperture just wont be fast enough in early morning or late evening low light. The EF 120-300 f/2.8 OS Sport is a single lens solution but at 7.4 lbs is a behemoth.  

Having two cameras and two lenses gives you backups of both on a trip of a lifetime. Having two cameas and two lenses allows quick change from near to far shooting. The 5D Mk III and 7D Mk II take the same batteries so no extra charger weight. The 1.4X TC III can be used with either lens on either camera. The 7D Mk II with the 100-400 L IS II and the 1.4X TC III gives you a maximum full frame equivelent field of view of almost 900mm.

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Re: EOS-1D X Mark II or Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S?

I don't know about your trip, but on mine the game drives were early morning and evening, and even one night one, so Tom's advice about aperture is right on.

Treat it like a once in a lifetime event; rent the best gear even if you wouldn't want/need/afford to own.
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Re: EOS-1D X Mark II or Sigma 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM | S?

"I am going to stick with the 5D Mk 3 for now and get the 150-600 with the 1.4..."

 

As much as I love the big Siggy S this is a bad choice.  Even the 5d3 and the Sigma 120-300mil is a bad choice if it is the only lens you can take along.  If you are truly limited to one body and one lens, the 5d3 with the ef 70-200mm f2.8L and 1.4x converter is the only logical choice. Also the ef 100-400mm by itself is not a good choice.

 

When Rob went he took two cameras (5d3 and a 1Dx)  and several lenses.  Are you sure you have such a restrictive limitation?  Some of Rob's shots are here along with a lot of other folks. Africa photos  He did mention that tripods are not allowed.

 

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