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Apr 21, 2017 05:27 |  #5836

I love this lens... but I feel like I need one that's even longer.

Yes I know that's not surprising to the rest of you. :p


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Apr 21, 2017 06:55 |  #5837

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Have you consulted ebird?

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Apr 21, 2017 06:58 |  #5838

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Drive a little further east late next fall and I'll get you on Snowies and Great Greys.

OK. I'll keep that in mind. I found one great grey from ebird. There were reports of snowies not far from where I live but the several times I went they weren't there. The images I have seen they mostly hang around on top of the highway lamp posts.


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Apr 21, 2017 13:28 |  #5839

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Sort of like our Guard Beavers. :)


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Apr 21, 2017 22:33 |  #5840

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Apr 22, 2017 12:40 as a reply to  @ digital paradise's post |  #5842

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Apr 22, 2017 18:43 |  #5843

Green Rat Snake found in the Coronado National Forest.

For Herpers this is often a life list snake.


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Apr 23, 2017 18:21 |  #5844

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Green Rat Snake found in the Coronado National Forest.

For Herpers this is often a life list snake.

Do you mean difficult to find and tick off your list - like a birdwatcher has a list of species he or she has seen?


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Apr 23, 2017 19:04 |  #5845

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Do you mean difficult to find and tick off your list - like a birdwatcher has a list of species he or she has seen?

Yeah, exactly. Sorry for the poor wording.


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Apr 23, 2017 20:15 |  #5846

The reviews of this lens are making me want to get it. About 4 years ago I wanted a wildlife/birding lens and was just not impressed with the 100-400mm I IQ. I am the kind of guy who takes a lot of time to research and read reviews before dropping the kind of coin that I have spent on cars!!!! At the time the IQ, the awkward zoom, and "dust pump" reputation turned me off. I ended up with the Sigma 150-500mm zoom. I don't want to offend any Sigma fans so I will be gentle.....JUNK!!! After 6 months I sold it and bought the Canon 400mm L F/5.6 and in 5 minutes I had better images than I did with the Sigma. You guys are making me think about selling this lens and getting the 100-400mm MII. I just love the 400mm so much it is hard for me to believe that a zoom is going to give me the same quality. I shoot sports and know people that have the 400mm F/2.8 but use the F/5.6 during the day because of the size/weight and they feel as though they are not giving up much/any quality. Because I now shoot sports, a zoom would be a great help. I got to use the Canon 200-400mm F/4 w/1.4x converter @ the U.S. Open and is was such a pleasure, amazing!!!. However, at $11,000 it is completely out of the question. Thanks to all the people here that have responded to this thread, it has really helped my decision making.




  
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Apr 24, 2017 02:03 |  #5847

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Apr 24, 2017 05:25 as a reply to  @ Pigpen101's post |  #5848

First: you won't be disappointed by this lens, it's fantastic in almost every way. You'd gain IS and versatility of the zoom over your current prime, at the cost of more weight. But when it comes to IQ vs. a prime, I have zero hesitation in putting this lens up against any prime in my lineup.

Second: you shot photos at the US Open... care to share any photos and/or experiences? When I am not traipsing about in the woods photographing wildlife/bugs, I'm wrapped up in tennis. You've combined my 2 favorite hobbies, so my interest is piqued :)


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Apr 24, 2017 15:16 |  #5849

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The reviews of this lens are making me want to get it. About 4 years ago I wanted a wildlife/birding lens and was just not impressed with the 100-400mm I IQ. I am the kind of guy who takes a lot of time to research and read reviews before dropping the kind of coin that I have spent on cars!!!! At the time the IQ, the awkward zoom, and "dust pump" reputation turned me off. I ended up with the Sigma 150-500mm zoom. I don't want to offend any Sigma fans so I will be gentle.....JUNK!!! After 6 months I sold it and bought the Canon 400mm L F/5.6 and in 5 minutes I had better images than I did with the Sigma. You guys are making me think about selling this lens and getting the 100-400mm MII. I just love the 400mm so much it is hard for me to believe that a zoom is going to give me the same quality. I shoot sports and know people that have the 400mm F/2.8 but use the F/5.6 during the day because of the size/weight and they feel as though they are not giving up much/any quality. Because I now shoot sports, a zoom would be a great help. I got to use the Canon 200-400mm F/4 w/1.4x converter @ the U.S. Open and is was such a pleasure, amazing!!!. However, at $11,000 it is completely out of the question. Thanks to all the people here that have responded to this thread, it has really helped my decision making.

I did that, sold my 400 5.6 for the zoom. I really liked the 400 5.6 and it was great for flight shots where the IS is not an issue. The zoom is pretty amazing, though. I often shoot at local wetlands where the birds are accustomed to humans and sometimes get quite close or pop up close by. The zoom is great for those situations-when I had the prime I missed a lot of opportunities. If I was always far away from the subjects then it would not be an issue but I use the zoom feature a lot, whether I am shooting APSC or full frame.

As far as IQ I can't really see much difference between the two at 400mm but it's tough to really be objective when subjects are different so I don't know how valid my observations are. I recently got to use a 400DO as well as a 500 f4 for a couple of afternoons and talk about being blown away, I was by both. I am trying to figure out how to manage one of those beasts now........this never ends, does it?


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Apr 24, 2017 17:06 as a reply to  @ Pigpen101's post |  #5850

Frankly if I only wanted to shoot at 400mm and didn't want to get UP CLOSE and personal the I think the 400 F5.6 L is very good and cheaper. On the other hand if you want to get close and need the versatility of the zoom then I can heartily recommend the 100-400 Mk2!

Nothing is perfect though! Much as I like my 100-400 Mk2 I really miss the "Trombone" zoom of the Mk1. This was much faster and more intuitive also the twist zoom of the Mk2 means that your left hand has to stay in one place - bad for balance. In practice this hampers the handling and stability of this (Mk2) lens which handles/balances badly IMO. Fortunately IS Mode 3 cures this but this is the ONLY lens I have that needs IS. Even my 800mm F5.6 L IS doesn't need IS!

Still the 100-400 is a remarkably good lens (IQ), very versatile and the close focus is excellent for reptiles and larger insects etc.

"One lens to rule them all"? Maybe not - but getting close...............:-)


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