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    Default Looking for long lens owners

    Hi all bazooka owners,

    I would like to know more about the 600mm f4 lens for birding before I plough my "blood and sweat" money in. Does any owners have backaches, spinal problems after carrying too long in the field cause I am having a backache now for quite sometime already but booking an appointment soon for detailed checkup.

    My height is 165 cm & weigh 60 Kg and my routine is usually 2 to 6 km of trekking during birding. Using Nikon now.

    Appreciate any helpful responses.

    tbc

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    Sorry I do not own such a huge lens but I am thinking that you need a huge camera backpack to carry your lens as you trek around. The lens is heavy, the bag isn't going to be light so I think it might be of some challenge if your trek routes have upward slopes or high stairs.

    Usually I see people carry them using luggage cases with wheels on flat ground. Actual shooting should be not too much of a problem since I assume you are using a tripod (add on to your bag weight) unless you are shooting hand-held (need to train arm muscles then).

    I guess it would be good to go trek with a bag and put some weight similar to ur camera equipment to test out if you can cope with it. I don't think you want to spend so much money on the lens and it affects your health and enjoyment of trekking also.

    Just 2 cents worth (I trek for birding at times but using a medicore 300mm lens :P)

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    6kg = 10% of your weight.
    ouch

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    As long as you have proper lifting technique you should not hurt your back. You can also hurt your back with something lighter if your technique is wrong.

    http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/backpain/ht/lift.htm

    The concern is whether you will enjoy birding anymore if you have to lug a heavy lens around.

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    Hi I don't have a bazooka lens but I do hike occasionally.

    My advise is to get a good hiking bag with good waist straps to better distribute the weight across your body. A good bag makes a whole lot of difference for hiking with heavy loads and you will be able to carry 10-14kg comfortably. Not sure if there are camera bags that can fit a 600mm and have not seen many good cam bags suitable for hiking either.

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    Welcome to the world of birding. You can PM me to look and feel of the equipment, or go for 1 outing together.


    http://www.flickr.com/photos/kskong

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    Thanks to all the replies, there's a variety of answers but at least it helped to look at the same issue from different perspective. I'll consider them carefully.

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    Default Re: Looking for long lens owners

    hmm.

    i carry a full kit when i go shoot (not birding)

    so...

    a dslr, a tripod, 3 lenses, flash, umbrella (for both diffusing and sheltering me from rain), a laptop

    i estimate 6-10kg.

    currently i have very painful back... undergoing physio. so i suggest trek light.

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    Hi Allen,

    Sorry to hear about your back, did the doc say if it is due to the frequent loading on your back the cause of it? That's what I am afraid of!

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    i dont carry that much but i think i do lug alot of stuff around all the time
    2 cameras
    3 lenses
    2 flashes

    i sign up for massage packages as a cure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsenGrim View Post
    i dont carry that much but i think i do lug alot of stuff around all the time
    2 cameras
    3 lenses
    2 flashes

    i sign up for massage packages as a cure.
    That would be alot to carry also!

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    Default Re: Looking for long lens owners

    Quote Originally Posted by tbc666 View Post
    Hi Allen,

    Sorry to hear about your back, did the doc say if it is due to the frequent loading on your back the cause of it? That's what I am afraid of!
    he says its weak back muscles. i'm kinda sceptical abt it, seeing my friend who has knee injury also has the same diagnosis.

    why not use a waistbelt system? it reduces the load off ur back and u can carry ur heavy stuff without much problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by hacktic View Post
    ouch
    The SBO easily weights more then that rite..

    Standard route march is 24km.. so.. the 600mm shouldn't be a problem for most guys..

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    Hi bros, Some use camera's trolley to carry their lenses, cameras, etc

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