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oxygen45
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Nov 23, 2016 21:51 |  #1

So, I want to get the Canon 400 5.6.

Have owned the Sigma 150-600 C and while happy enough with the IQ a few things began to bug me so it is gone. The weight after carrying it around on a sling became difficult and would cause headaches. This was with a sling and none of the other carrying options were appealing. The lens began to creep and zoom locks were inadequate to stop it while walking around which turned it into a 7 pound, 15 inch long weight swinging around.

So anyway. The 400 5.6 looks very appealing on weight and ease of use. The 100-400 mkII is obviously also a very good option. However, it is twice the price and will be at 400mm 90% of the time and only used for birds. Been doing a lot of reading the the prime in instances like this is still a very good option.

The cost of the mkII would also likely rule out an 80D or 7DII upgrade as well in the short term.

Is the 400 still worth grabbing new? Keeping an eye on second hand getting impatient.


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Nov 24, 2016 15:56 |  #2

I thought that I would probably sell my 400 5.6 after acquiring the 500 f4 v1 two years ago. Still can't bring myself to sell it. Once in a while I need to have a lighter setup than the 500 and the 400 just fits the bill.

For BIF shots the 400 is a great lens for me. I find myself missing the moment with my 500 which mostly has a 1.4 TC on it most of the time. I guess I just need more practice and more time at the gym to get better BIF shots with the 500. The 400 is very easy to nail the shot and wow does it focus fast!


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Nov 24, 2016 22:14 |  #3

PixelPusher wrote in post #18193775 (external link)
I thought that I would probably sell my 400 5.6 after acquiring the 500 f4 v1 two years ago. Still can't bring myself to sell it. Once in a while I need to have a lighter setup than the 500 and the 400 just fits the bill.

For BIF shots the 400 is a great lens for me. I find myself missing the moment with my 500 which mostly has a 1.4 TC on it most of the time. I guess I just need more practice and more time at the gym to get better BIF shots with the 500. The 400 is very easy to nail the shot and wow does it focus fast!

Thanks. Sounds like what I'm looking for - quality, fast AF, fast to get into position and light!


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