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Old 26th of April 2006 (Wed)   #1
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Default Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

What's the first thing I do with my new EF 300 f4L IS?

Yeah, of course, I use it to shoot at subjects 1.5 meters away.

f11; 1/250s; ISO 200.



Canon actually calls the close focus ditance on this lens "macro" in the manual. And the phrase "MACRO 1.5m/4.9ft" is printed on the lens tube next to the distance window. The actual maximum magnification is 1:4.2. While I guess this isn't strictly macro one of the lens' big selling points is certainly its close focusing distance.

This is also my first IS lens. It seems to do its job. But do all IS mechanisms sound so clunky?
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f11; 1/200s; ISO 200.
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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens. So, what do I do?

Those look GREAT! IS should make a hmmm sound. Try it handheld down to 1/125th or less since it's you're first IS.
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Old 26th of April 2006 (Wed)   #4
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Default Thanks! Last one.

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Those look GREAT! IS should make a hmmm sound. Try it handheld down to 1/125th or less since it's you're first IS.
Many thanks.

OK, I promise, this is the last one for now.

f11; 1/200s; ISO 200
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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens. So, what do I do?

Dang. That's SHARP.
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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens (300 f4L). So, what do I do?

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What's the first thing I do with my new EF 300 f4L IS?
give it to me?! grr i am wanting that lens right now...!
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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens. So, what do I do?

Great quality stuff here! Congrats!
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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens. So, what do I do?

Arghhhhh .......

I am still have to wait one week to get one of these

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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens. So, what do I do?

I love these shots, the bokeh is unreal. Congrats!
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Wow! super clean......
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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens. So, what do I do?

Thank you all so much for your kind words. I can already tell this is going to be a really fun lens. This afternoon I get to try it out at the kids' swim practice.

Here are two 100% crops from the third shot. All of these shots were shot JPEG large/fine. I'll be making the switch to RAW sometime in the near future.



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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens (300 f4L IS). So, what do I do?

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Canon actually calls the close focus ditance on this lens "macro" in the manual. And the phrase "MACRO 1.5m/4.9ft" is printed on the lens tube next to the distance window. The actual maximum magnification is 1:4.2. While I guess this isn't strictly macro one of the lens' big selling points is certainly its close focusing distance.

This is also my first IS lens. It seems to do its job. But do all IS mechanisms sound so clunky?
I like "macro" photography with my 300 f4 as well, even given its less than life-size magnification--the close focusing distance + long telephoto can really serve to isolate flower blooms, etc. in the picture. I haven't tried it with an extension tube or two, but I do wonder what the results would be...

As for the IS sounds... well, the IS on the 300 f4 is supposedly "louder" than others and definitely makes a quiet but still solid "clunk" when it disengages.
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Default Re: I got my first white telephoto lens (300 f4L IS). So, what do I do?

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I haven't tried it with an extension tube or two, but I do wonder what the results would be...

As for the IS sounds... well, the IS on the 300 f4 is supposedly "louder" than others and definitely makes a quiet but still solid "clunk" when it disengages.
Thanks, that's what my IS sounds like. I guess that's normal.

I also just picked up a set of Kenko extension tubes. I'll try to get a chance to fiddle around with those and the 300 in the next day or two.
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i agree the is does clunk a bit on my 300f4is.
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those are some seriously sharp pictures.
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