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Air show photos with the 400 DO IS II lens

 
Perfectly ­ Frank
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May 11, 2015 10:07 |  #1

I rented the Canon 400 DO IS II lens for an air show. I used it with and without the 1.4xIII.
My goal was to see if this combo could substitute for the Canon 500 f4 IS II.

But first a few comments about the 400 DO f4 IS II... This lens is superb! IQ and AF performance
is on par with my Canon 300 f2.8 IS II, even with the extender attached. I'd say it would make
a very good substitute for the 500 F4 II if one doesn't mind shooting at f5.6 and 560mm.

I've used the 500 f4 IS II before, and it's a fantastic lens. But since I shoot air shows hand held,
size and weight are important. Here's a few specs comparing the 400 DO II and 500 II...

400 DO IS II 5.0 x 9.6 inches, 4.6 lbs, $6899

500 f4 IS II 5.7 x 15.1 inches, 7.0 lbs, $8999

With the 1.4xIII attached to the DO...5.0 x 10.3 inches, 5.1 lbs, $7328

So if you went with the 400 DO II over the 500 II, you'd save about 2 lbs
and $1671, and have a shorter lens to boot.

If you're considering the 500 f4 II for air shows in good light, you might want to
give the 400 DO II & 1.4xIII a try first.

560mm...

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May 11, 2015 10:22 |  #2

Great shots, I like them all. I own a late Mk1 version of the 400 DO. I love it....Some of the earlier ones suffered low contrast issues. I have not experienced this. I hope this time next year I will be in a position to trade in for the MK 2. I was please to see your comments and strengthens even more the reasons why I would love to upgrade.


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Perfectly ­ Frank
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May 11, 2015 10:33 |  #3

PCousins wrote in post #17551900external link
Great shots, I like them all. I own a late Mk1 version of the 400 DO. I love it....Some of the earlier ones suffered low contrast issues. I have not experienced this. I hope this time next year I will be in a position to trade in for the MK 2. I was please to see your comments and strengthens even more the reasons why I would love to upgrade.

I'm considering buying the new 400 DO myself.

BTW, about the AF performance...I shot aircraft in flight all day, and not once did I miss a shot due to slow or inaccurate AF.
The AF performance was fantastic. The only bad shots I got were due to my poor panning.


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May 11, 2015 17:46 |  #4

Very nice SHARP set. Enjoying your comments too.


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May 12, 2015 09:10 |  #5

That is what 7k lens for. Love the shots


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May 12, 2015 21:29 |  #6

Nice shots. Work the new 100-400 zoom into your math equation and you might not bother with those big guns


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Perfectly ­ Frank
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May 13, 2015 10:25 |  #7

ChunkyDA wrote in post #17554191external link
Nice shots. Work the new 100-400 zoom into your math equation and you might not bother with those big guns

I rented the new 100-400 for an air show. Although very good, it's not on par with the big guns.


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May 14, 2015 12:13 |  #8

I also used the 400 DO II with the 2xIII. The IQ begins to take a hit, although the lens has not been MFA'ed and I find it a challenge to
pan at 800mm. The AF performance with the 2xIII is still very good.

@ 800mm...

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Jul 20, 2015 17:02 |  #9

Perfectly Frank wrote in post #17556260 (external link)
I also used the 400 DO II with the 2xIII. The IQ begins to take a hit, although the lens has not been MFA'ed and I find it a challenge to
pan at 800mm. The AF performance with the 2xIII is still very good.

For flat objects or objects against the sky, 800mm AF works pretty good with the 2xIII. For complex scenery, though, it suffers a lot more at 800mm. It can get very frustrating shooting in bushes and in wildflower meadows with center-point; the AF often races to minimum focus distance (or the limiter distance), and by the time the AF comes back into range, the bird is gone or has moved, and you have to find it again with your naked eye and go through the process again. Manual Focus override is not very helpful, because it only works after the system has achieved focus, and you just want to tweak it. I really wish cameras had two shutter buttons, with 2 different settings. Then, I could have one button as "focus and shoot" and the other as "shoot only". I could tap the first one to get focus, and get off of it if I realize that I have to manually focus. The back AF button can do this, but my hand doesn't like that button; my right thumb is a main point of contact with the camera, and moving the thumbs upsets the handling of the camera. Focus in the shutter button works faster, I think, when you don't need to manually override.

Shame, really, because I find that optically, the lens is worthy of 1120mm f/11 on the 7D2, except when you have very high contrast edges, where you will see some haloing of OOF IR and/or UV light. That's why I'd like an EOS body with 2 micron pixels; I'd get as many pixels on subject as with a 2x TC on the 7D2, but still have excellent AF, and good AF with a 1.4x.




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