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Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 USM IS - Decent Lens?

 
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Jul 22, 2010 08:53 |  #1

I'm looking into a couple new lenses, looking to spend roughly $1200.00 for the Canon 100-400L 4.5-5.6 USM IS. Is this a decent lens for Canon or is there a better 3rd party lens co. (sigma, tokina, tamron etc.) with better IQ. Keeping around $1200 range.

I'm also looking into getting the Tokina 11-16mm F2.8. I hear good things about this lens, saw it advertised for roughly $600. Any advice on the above two lenses?

What I have right now is the kits lenses - Canon 55-250mm 4.5-5.6 and the Canon 18-55mm 4-5.6 and a Canon Rebel T2i body.

Wondering if the above 2 new lenses would make a good compliment to what I have already. Thanks :)


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Jul 22, 2010 08:57 |  #2

Some people reckon they can't get on with the push/pull zoom action of the 100-400, but it's something you get used to.

I didn't even look at any of the third party equivalents, so can't comment if any of them compare with the IQ of the Canon lens. I did hire one for a long weekend of motorsport photography before I purchased one though, and that was enough to convince me that the lens was more than adequate for my needs.


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Jul 22, 2010 09:38 |  #3

The foreskin-zoom is something to get used to i guess.. But the lens is a fine one. If you want reach, IS and versatility the 100-400 is your best bet. I'm even considering selling my 70-200 for one.


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Jul 22, 2010 09:55 |  #4

100-400 is the best bet for the money (look for newer copy)...and Tokina is a fantastic lens...

Both the choices are excellent and you will not be disappointed.

To see the results of 100-400 check http://www.flickr.com/​photos/sn_saraf/ (external link)


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Jul 22, 2010 10:11 |  #5

Personally I never got on with the 100-400.

It wasn't the push-pull zoom action, it was the results ... I just wasn't happy. Some people say it's a lense you have to learn and get used too, either way, there are plenty of people who love it, but there are some that don't.

One 3rd party alternative is the Bigma 150-500 at half the price ... good lense for the money ... I went for that after the 100-400, but even that I wasn't 100% happy with. Eventually I went for the 300mm prime and a 1.4 extender and I couldn't be happier.


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Jul 22, 2010 10:13 as a reply to  @ tcssas's post |  #6

I've owned the Sigma 150-500mm OS and the Canon 100-400mm. Sigma had much better stabilization, but was heavier and the pictures looked a bit "off" in terms of color, sharpness, and bokeh. Canon 100-400mm was more portable, picture quality is good. Roughly the same as my 55-250mm (which is no slouch). If I had to choose one, I would go with the Canon.




  
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Jul 22, 2010 10:20 |  #7

I love my 100-400. Perfect combination of focal length, zoom range, and portability. Image quality is great so long as I do my part.


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Jul 22, 2010 10:29 as a reply to  @ krb's post |  #8

I've had my 100-400 for a while now and it's my favorite lens to shoot with. I don't understand what trouble folks have with the zoom mechanism, but a few people do seem to take issue with it. You might want to see if you can find a copy that you can try out, locally, or rent from a joint like lensrentals.com.

That said, I'd say just buy it :) It would make a great addition to your bag. Be aware that at the longer focal lengths you're really see the results of your technique; so if you're not steady on your shots and/or keeping your shutter speed up you'll see motion blur a lot more than you have in the other lenses.


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Jul 22, 2010 10:35 |  #9

The numbers don't lie;
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=59931

More than half of those polled chose the 100-400mm over all other contenders combined!
Also see the examples thread, not always the best way to see images of course, but it gives an idea of how much the owners like it too;
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=373778

The Push pull zoom is one of it's strongest advantages!
Everything takes a little time to learn, (funny thing is years back push pull or "one touch" zoom was the norm)
Once mastered, it is a distinct advantage over rotating zoom for speed of use, making the 100-400mm the best in it's class for fast zooming action.


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Jul 22, 2010 10:37 |  #10

Love my 100-400 with the 7D. Push-pull zoom works well; don't even think about it as it become second nature. I find it gives me quick changes easy enough.

Not a fan of third party lenses. Have had good reliability with the Canon glass. Just purchased the Canon 10-22 for the 7D and it also is a superb addition to my collection.


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Jul 22, 2010 10:54 |  #11

FYI, this is the advantage of fast push pull zoom, if this had been a rotating zoom, I would never have been able to zoom back and forth from 400 to 100 fast enough to grab these Frigate birds in action;

100mm http://images.fotopic.​net …3c406&outx=600&​noresize=1 (external link)

120mm http://images.fotopic.​net …3c40z&outx=600&​noresize=1 (external link)

365mm http://images.fotopic.​net …3cgdd&outx=600&​noresize=1 (external link)

400mm http://images.fotopic.​net …3c4z1&outx=600&​noresize=1 (external link)

400mm http://images.fotopic.​net …3cgdc&outx=600&​noresize=1 (external link)


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Jul 22, 2010 11:31 |  #12

push pull is great for fast zooming - loved the lens when I shot motorsport. never had a problem with sharpness either. used it to shoot portraits of my kids playing too


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Jul 22, 2010 11:46 |  #13

I had my reservations about the Push Pull zoom before I bought the lens since I have never used anything like it before. But what others have said is true. It's lightening fast and not an issue once you start using it. And one less rotating part to worry about breaking. It's so simple even a caveman can do it. This is my favorite lens by far.




  
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Jul 22, 2010 11:47 |  #14

Yusef wrote in post #10583617 (external link)
... It's so simple even a caveman can do it. ....

that's a great slogan,. someone should use that! :lol:


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Jul 22, 2010 12:10 |  #15

northernspirit87 wrote in post #10582665 (external link)
What I have right now is the kits lenses - Canon 55-250mm 4.5-5.6 and the Canon 18-55mm 4-5.6 and a Canon Rebel T2i body.

Wondering if the above 2 new lenses would make a good compliment to what I have already. Thanks :)

Since you already have the 55-250, I would guess that you want the 100-400 for longer reach. If yes, go for it, or vice versa.


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