Used Canon gear

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Snail
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Used Canon gear

Ive decided to take the next step and invest in a quality used setup to take my birding photography to the next level. I'm still very much a beginner, but a firm believer in 'buy the best you can afford'. So in doing my best to keep within a 2K budget, I've already purchased the camera body (a 1D mark iii from ebay for $500, well worn but in good working order). I'm thinking a will match this with a used Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 prime lens, which i should be able to get for around $1000. This leaves me $500 for camera bag, tripod, memory cards etc. 

Has anybody used this setup or similar before and can offer any hints/advice? Can anyone recommend a good tripod for <$200?

Thanks in advance..

rawshorty
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Well you have started off well with a 1Diii, i have not used a 400 but i can not imagine you could go wrong with this lens. 

You should get a good Manfrotto tripod for the price you have asked.

Shorty......Canon gear

Canberra

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Reflex
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Great choice Snail. You have done well to get a good 1D MkIII for $500 that is a bargain. Good advice from Shorty as well the only thing I would add is to get the highest quality memory card(s) money can buy. I recently bought a 32 GB Scandisk Extreme PRO 95MB's and it's just made all my other cards feel so slow. There's nothing worse than having to wait for a card to buffer while there is action going on in front of you. 

A Canon 1.4X extender would probably be handy for you and there's always plenty for sale on e-Bay although I would go for the Mark III which aren't so common. I have both the 1.4X and 2X but find I hardly ever use the 2x anymore. Good Luck and look forward to seeing some of your photographs soon!

Samford Valley Qld.

Snail
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Thanks for the comments and advice. Ive been looking for a 1.4x extender on ebay, just waiting for the right one to pop up, and I will certainly look into the 95MB's memory card. My 400mm f/5.6 should arrive in the post tomorrow, can't wait to get out and start taking some photos!

LM

Reflex
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What part of the world do you live in Snail?

Samford Valley Qld.

Snail
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I'm in Port Macquarie, NSW., you?

LM

Snail
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I see now. Samford Valley QLD, haha. If youre ever down this way give me a heads up, would be more than happy to show some great birding spots.

LM

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