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Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS

 
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Oct 05, 2008 01:21 |  #1

I searched and searched, and didn't see a thread for this lens that nobody cares for apparently :p

Shot with a 1Ds Mark III, both photos at f/4

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Oct 17, 2008 22:18 |  #2

Date Modified 2009-02-22 21:20:01
Date Taken 2009-02-22 16:32:31
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Exposure Time 0.001s (1/1000)
Aperture f/4.0
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Oct 17, 2008 22:19 |  #3

Date Modified 2009-02-22 21:20:14
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Exposure Time 0.0015s (1/640)
Aperture f/4.0
ISO 100

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Oct 17, 2008 22:21 |  #4

Date Modified 2009-02-22 21:21:18
Date Taken 2009-02-22 16:37:53
Camera Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Exposure Time 0.008s (1/125)
Aperture f/4.0
ISO 100
Focal Length 400mm (520mm in 35mm)

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Oct 17, 2008 22:24 |  #5

Date Modified 2009-02-22 21:20:58
Date Taken 2009-02-22 16:34:53
Camera Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Exposure Time 0.0012s (1/800)
Aperture f/4.0
ISO 100
Focal Length 400mm (520mm in 35mm)

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Oct 17, 2008 22:25 |  #6

Date Modified 2009-02-22 21:20:29
Date Taken 2009-02-22 16:33:15
Camera Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Exposure Time 0.0012s (1/800)
Aperture f/4.0
ISO 100
Focal Length 400mm (520mm in 35mm)

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Oct 17, 2008 22:26 |  #7

Date Modified 2009-02-22 21:24:33
Date Taken 2009-02-22 16:33:38
Camera Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Exposure Time 0.004s (1/250)
Aperture f/4.0
ISO 100
Focal Length 400mm (520mm in 35mm)

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Oct 23, 2008 17:51 |  #9

S.Horton wrote in post #6548116external link
Here's ~100% crop showing the bokeh of the 400 DO.

This is the famous "doughnut" look in the extreme. I rarely see this impact.
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Doesn't look any worse than my 100-400mm or the 300 f/4

Have you noticed any of the low contrast issues that are often cited as a reason for not getting this lens (by jpeg shooters especially). I can see from your wide open crops that sharpness is definitely NOT an issue.

Do you have any wildlife samples, especially critters with hair or feathers, that you could post up as unprocessed 100% crops? I'd like to see how this lens resolves detail on those fine features.


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Oct 23, 2008 18:11 |  #10

Unprocessed wildlife, not on hand -- But, I promise, when I (finally) get moving through all of the Yellowstone pics, sure, I can post a couple just for this thread. (EDIT: See above, shot two wildlife tests, posted 22 Feb 09)


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Oct 23, 2008 22:23 as a reply to S.Horton's post |  #11

I'll keep my eyes on this thread then. The light weight and native 400mm is what keeps me interested in this lens vs. the 300 2.8 with TC. The high price is hard to swallow though (but then so is the 300 2.8's price)

There were a bunch of shots by George Lepp in the latest Outdoor Photographer, using the 400 DO from a kayak for wildlife, and they all looked fantastic.


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Jan 06, 2009 13:17 |  #12

I don't really understand the bad reputation for the 400 DO:rolleyes:

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Feb 07, 2009 20:24 as a reply to Recon Photojournalist's post |  #13

You can see small fish leaping from the jaws of these bubble feeding humpback whales.

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Feb 18, 2009 14:38 |  #14

Just found this thread, will contribute a couple of ducks.

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These were fairly distant, about 40% crops. 50D, 400DO w/1.4X, ISO 400, f/7.1, 1/640 sec, Partial metering +1/3 EC, handheld. I always shoot handheld and the 1.4X is always on this lens. Only had the 50D a couple months, love it with this lens. The entire rig weighs 7lbs and is 18" long.

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Feb 22, 2009 21:02 |  #15

With 1.4 TC, ~100% crop

Date Modified 2008-08-30 21:30:55
Date Taken 2008-06-17 18:39:42
Camera Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Exposure Time 0.0012s (1/800)
Aperture f/7.1
ISO 320
Focal Length 560mm (728mm in 35mm)


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