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Nov 10, 2010 23:03 |  #1

Well, I took my 300 2.8 IS out to day, but the jury is still out on how I feel about it. :confused:
Some shots were nice, most sucked! But, I know when I first took out my 400 5.6 I hated it. I am guessing there will be a learning curve on this too, figuring out what camera settings work best. I found my self using it wide open or close to it all day, but I think that was a mistake, my DOF was so narrow, I think I was missing that perfect focus.
But, nice controlled shots like these, were very sharp, but keep in mind, I do all my editing in dpp.


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Nov 10, 2010 23:10 |  #2

congrats on that piece of glass! all glass have their own unique learning curves. i could only wish to have to get to learn on a 300 2.8. enjoy!


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Nov 10, 2010 23:35 |  #3

PP? They look odd to me.


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Nov 10, 2010 23:37 |  #4

Congrats. I think you will learn to love it. I had a period of adjustment when I switched from the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 to the Canon 300 2.8. Most of it was user error. I had to learn to use the foot zoom and most of all, keep my left hand off the focus ring!!! :-)
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Nov 10, 2010 23:44 |  #5

gasrocks wrote in post #11263403 (external link)
PP? They look odd to me.

PP? DPP, digital photo professional. the program that comes with canon cameras that can take a perfectly good image and destroy it. : ) Need to learn light room and CS3, both of which I have, but have not used. : (


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Nov 11, 2010 00:24 |  #6

gasrocks wrote in post #11263403 (external link)
PP? They look odd to me.

+1 I agree, can't really put my finger on it, maybe NR is too strong.


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Nov 11, 2010 00:36 |  #7

gasrocks wrote in post #11263403 (external link)
PP? They look odd to me.

lannes wrote in post #11263578 (external link)
+1 I agree, can't really put my finger on it, dynamic range is not there, maybe NR is too strong.

Not sure what you guys are seeing. These both look fine to me, other than DoF may have been a little shallow on the first one.

Congrats on the new lens, Tom! :) I'm betting that it turns into a favorite once you get used to it.


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Nov 11, 2010 00:40 |  #8

You have to be careful to not sharpen them twice...Either RAW or JPEG, not both (in DPP).
Congrats on the lens....If it wasn't so big I'd probably still own one...Is definitely the best lens I've shot...To think....They made it better...wow, how is that even so?


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Nov 11, 2010 00:41 |  #9

I say they're oversharpened by a stupidly large amount.




  
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Nov 11, 2010 00:43 |  #10

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I say they're oversharpened by a stupidly large amount.

Wow....Stupidly? Not very nice....:(


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Nov 11, 2010 00:46 |  #11

FWIW...

f/2.8 is obviously an advantage when you need it but I try to not shoot mine utterly wide open when I can get away with even a half stop smaller on the aperture.

Relatively speaking, it's sharp wide open but it's razor sick once you come off the stops. Even f/4 is faster than what you could do with the 400 f/5.6 ;)


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Nov 11, 2010 03:49 |  #12

Look cropped maybe?


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Nov 11, 2010 04:05 as a reply to  @ Neilyb's post |  #13

Hi peregrineflier

This is my favourite lens of all time. May I offer you some advice? Because of the huge glass elements this lens will let in large amounts of light. It is well worth considering getting the Canon polarising, and UV drop in filters for this lens. I use a UV filter permanently and then swop it when necessary for the polarising filter. I think once you get used to this lens i.e. the amount of light that it does let in, you will not be parted from it.

I have posted an image of a duck similar to the one that you have posted. I think there is a little bit of over sharpening to yours, but once you have mastered this lens, it really will produce some stunning images.


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Nov 11, 2010 05:02 |  #14

smclaren wrote in post #11264131 (external link)
I use a UV filter permanently

Er, why? Or do you mean the plain glass that comes with the lens?


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Nov 11, 2010 05:19 |  #15

I have the 300/2.8 and it is an incredible lens, I wish I used it more although I would say there isn't much of a learning curve apart from what shutter speed you can get away with handheld. I have managed the odd sharp shot at 1/100 so God knows what the new version will be like.

I think the 2 shots above are slightly over exposed and definitely over sharpened, the green head of the duck is a bit of a mess.


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