Looking for long lens owners


tbc666

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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
 

Dec 12, 2009
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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)
 

An drew

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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.
 

bylim

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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.
 

tbc666

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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. :thumbsup:
 

Sep 17, 2008
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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.
 

tbc666

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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!
 

IsenGrim

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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.
 

tbc666

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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.
That would be alot to carry also! :sweat:
 

Sep 17, 2008
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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!
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
 

henry soh

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

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