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09-10-2010, 09:51 PM   #1
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Can anyone tell what this camera and lens are?

Please go to slide 2 of this link:
U.S. Marines Take Ship From Somali Pirates (PHOTOS)
Any special reason why the Marines would be using them?

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Looks like a Canon body with the 28-300 L lens (I may be wrong). The marines use all sorts of bodies from all brands- I recently saw a photo here on the forum with a K-7, 5D, and a Nikon body.

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Its a 40D/50D with a 28-300L or a 100-400L I can't quite tell haha. The 2 Spotters, one with the spotting scope and the other with the canon tele lens.
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All that Navy training and they use a UV filter instead of a Hood! Maybe they are on to the new big thing!

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QuoteOriginally posted by imtheguy Quote
All that Navy training and they use a UV filter instead of a Hood! Maybe they are on to the new big thing!
We don't train Marines, we just ferry them around. (My A** Rides In Navy Equipment).
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QuoteOriginally posted by alohadave Quote
We don't train Marines, we just ferry them around. (My A** Rides In Navy Equipment).
I live in a Navy town and should have KNOWN that...thanks for reminder.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Banitess Quote
Please go to slide 2 of this link:
U.S. Marines Take Ship From Somali Pirates (PHOTOS)
Any special reason why the Marines would be using them?
Looks like the Canon EF 28-300/3.5-5.6 IS which would be typical for this sort of deployed unit and mission.

As for the UV filter -- consider the environment. Dusty, sand storms, salt spray and surrounded by Marines! Under the circumstances, any practical degradation in image would be more than offset by potential damage to the glass. The additional bulk and fragile nature of a lens hood in that use would ensure that it "accidentally got lost" the first time it was in the field.

Why? The purpose isn't for collecting works of art. A usable image -- for intell, debriefing, training products and to counter the inevitable propaganda from unfriendly sources beats no image at all. Besides, Marines much prefer to shoot with other gear anyway!

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And if ya wanna talk equipment, consider that LPD (USS Dubuque) in the background. With both helos and a submersible well deck full of assault craft and grunts it trumps a Canon for this mission regardless of the lens.


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QuoteOriginally posted by pacerr Quote
As for the UV filter -- consider the environment. Dusty, sand storms, salt spray and surrounded by Marines!

I should have enclosed my original comment about the UV filter in smilies. It was meant to rile up people who have a fecal hemmorage at the thought of a UV filter...I have no idea what, if anything, is screwed on the lens in question. But it does lack a hood and should have some protective filter that stops AK-47 rounds as well as salt spray.

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QuoteOriginally posted by imtheguy Quote
But it does lack a hood and should have some protective filter that stops AK-47 rounds as well as salt spray.
Mmmm . . . maybe if they call it a 'flash suppressor' instead of a hood ?

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