Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
The zoom is an L series, sorry bout that.
As for price, I paid exactly $1200.00 for the 300 and $1000.00 for the 100-400 both very used, the paint is ugly and on the 300, the autofocus goes hayball on occasion, but if you shut the camera off and on it comes back fine. But the optics are flawless and that's what counts.
I purchased them at a police auction. No one bid on them but me, I suppose the appearance scared them off, but I had the chance to mount them on my body prior to the auction (be nice to your loco PD it pays) so I knew they worked except for the auto focus glitch, I'll get it fixed when it dorks completely.
Unfortunately, even the 300 isn't all that great in low light without a tripod, when I say early morning and evening, I mean when the sun is just above the horizon. The only game you can get a shot at around here in broad daylight are deer. I have three CD's full of deer photo's, and probably 30 or so undeveloped rolls. I'm going after the bobcats, fox, coyotes, which are bit more reclusive if not rare.And they tend not to stand still so a tripod is a bit impractical although a monopod helps.
I'm hoping for the impossible this year, there are two confirmed cougars in the Saylorville area, visual sightings and tracks. Spring would be the best time and I have a couple of spots picked out near where the one set was found that may prove fruitful.