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Jan 05, 2011 17:52 |  #16

Congrats! I just took mine out this morning and got some great captures! You're going to love the new glass.


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Jan 05, 2011 17:58 as a reply to  @ alpharon's post |  #17

Mine is supposed to show up this Friday from B&H. Anxiously waiting.:)


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Jan 05, 2011 18:09 as a reply to  @ alpharon's post |  #18

Thanks everyone for the congrats and sharing in my excitement! I will be using it primarily for birding and occasional wildlife.
I had been trying to choose between this lens, the 100-400, and the 300 f4. Based on the great reviews on this forum and the weight of the lens along with the price I choose the 400.

Thanks again for the positive comments, Janie


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Jan 05, 2011 18:49 |  #19

You'll love this lens... fast focusing and sharp even at 5.6. Excellent choice!

Congrats on your purchase of the lens, and congrats to Artyman on his nose blowing earlier today.




  
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Jan 05, 2011 19:11 |  #20

Congrats, and just to poke the bears even more, mine should be here tomorrow! Can't wait to learn this lens.


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Jan 05, 2011 20:26 |  #21

Congratulations and waiting for the pictures !




  
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Jan 05, 2011 20:40 |  #22

After much research, I ordered this today for an early bd (march ha) present for myself.

Congrats and have fun with it.
It's a great lens that you may find has a bit of a learning curve to get sharp images. When I first got mine, I struggled at holding it still, but kept practicing with it. Eventually I got on with it, and even panning shots can be awesome with practice. This shot was handheld at 1/60th sec.


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Jan 05, 2011 21:38 |  #23

why did you choose this lens over the 100-400mm? Iam torn between the two still havnt made up my mind yet...

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Jan 05, 2011 21:42 |  #24

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why did you choose this lens over the 100-400mm? Iam torn between the two still havnt made up my mind yet...

Since I'm going through the same decision, I would guess price, AF speed and sharpness.


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Jan 05, 2011 22:03 |  #25

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Congrats and have fun with it.
It's a great lens that you may find has a bit of a learning curve to get sharp images. When I first got mine, I struggled at holding it still, but kept practicing with it. Eventually I got on with it, and even panning shots can be awesome with practice. This shot was handheld at 1/60th sec.

Great shot! I love this lens but, wish I could hand hold it better than I can. However tripod mounted it is great. The autofocus exceptionally fast and the lens is as sharp at f/5.6 as it is stopped down. Although it is touted as a great BIF (birds in flight) lens, BIF is not its only capability. It is a great sports lens for venues like Thunderboat Hydroplane racing...

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Jan 06, 2011 07:03 |  #26

Great shot! I love this lens but, wish I could hand hold it better than I can. However tripod mounted it is great. The autofocus exceptionally fast and the lens is as sharp at f/5.6 as it is stopped down. Although it is touted as a great BIF (birds in flight) lens, BIF is not its only capability. It is a great sports lens for venues like Thunderboat Hydroplane racing...

Thanks for the kind words on my shot, RP. Great boat shots you have there....some days you just can't beat having good focal length !

And I should have probably been more clear about handholding it in my post. For those particular shots that day, I was standing up on a hill at the track, actually standing on a picnic table too in order to shoot over the fence. The bikes come by moderately quickly there, and I just was not getting what I wanted with it on the monopod. I'm the first to admit that I use a monopod or tripod for as many of my shots as I can. And that is true no matter what the focal length is. I have this opinion that I don't care how steady a person thinks he or she is....no matter how good image stabilization is ( if present ).....you're still not as a rock steady as being on a support. I use the monopod under the 70-200 quite a bit too.

why did you choose this lens over the 100-400mm? Iam torn between the two still havnt made up my mind yet...

This question was not really directed at me, but I'll weigh in for whatever it's worth. I used a 100-400 for part of a day, and found that I didn't like the feel of it. Didn't like the push-pull and resulting balance of the whole rig. But it mostly came down to what I intended using this lens for, I realized I would be using it out at the long end most of the time anyway, so the prime made more sense.
and as others have stated, this lens is sharp from wide open on down...nice colors, etc. It's just an excellent lens all around, and pretty much a bargain to boot.


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Jan 08, 2011 01:34 |  #30

Nice shots Rich! Was that macro shot with just the 50D + 400/5.6 combo? I never even thought to try and shoot macro with that lens.


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