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is the 100-400L the right choice?

 
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Apr 07, 2011 18:43 as a reply to  @ post 12179145 |  #31

Not as fast like the prime but with good light aiming in the sky it does just fine providing your not using an extender trying to shoot a Falcon ! :lol:


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Apr 07, 2011 19:03 as a reply to  @ Silverfox1's post |  #32

I have to agree w/ the others, when my 100-400 is on the camera it almost always is at 400mm. Never used the prime and don't think I would trade off the versatility and IS. A 1.4 tele will work on it with no mods on a 40d but it sure does like to hunt for focus and is easily thrown off.




  
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Apr 07, 2011 19:04 |  #33

I think many of us have some doubts right after we hit the buy button, did we make the right choice?

When I first bought my 100-400 I kept having some doubts if I made the right decision or if I should have bought the 400L.

In fact it bugged me enough that I ordered the 400L just to see if it really was that much sharper than the zoom like some people claimed. I liked the prime, I really did, but after testing it for a few days I just didn't see much difference in sharpness between them. A couple of shots you could if you really looked but most shots were too close to call. In the end the zooms versatility and IS won out and I returned the prime.

Now if Canon ever gets it butt in gear and updates the prime and adds IS I would most definitely try it again.




  
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Apr 07, 2011 19:11 |  #34

jm4ever wrote in post #12179325 (external link)
Now if Canon ever gets it butt in gear and updates the prime and adds IS I would most definitely try it again.

When & if they do add IS to the prime it will cost 3.5K knowing Canon ! :lol:


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Apr 07, 2011 19:20 |  #35

Here are some 100% crops from TDP
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Nothing new, it just backs up what everyone said about the prime being sharper but the 100-400 still performing very well.


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Apr 07, 2011 19:20 |  #36

Silverfox1 wrote in post #12179366 (external link)
When & if they do add IS to the prime it will cost 3.5K knowing Canon ! :lol:

I wouldn't be surprised if it was much higher




  
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Apr 07, 2011 19:23 |  #37

jm4ever wrote in post #12179325 (external link)
Now if Canon ever gets it butt in gear and updates the prime and adds IS I would most definitely try it again.

If you did the 300 f/4 + 1.4x you would have 420mm @ f/5.6 with a 2 stop IS. However, the quality at that focal length is a little worse than the 100-400 but still good. You also get some CA and distortion relative to the 400.

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Apr 07, 2011 20:22 |  #38

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How good is the AF on the 100-400mm for bif shots, is it fast enough or just barely usable?

I've done a fair bit of BIF photography with mine and it can track even fast moving birds with no problem. The one caveat to that would be that if you start trying to lock on while the lens is well out of focus, it can take it a little longer to wind itself to the correct focus, compared to a good prime. This isn't a problem so long as you have it focused at roughly the right distance to start with, or can acquire the target in good time. As you really want to get a little panning done before you trigger the shutter release, just to match your pan speed with the bird and get yourself settled into the track, it should have plenty of time to get itself sorted. The problem that can occur, if you aren't careful, is that if you slip off the bird with the AF point and the camera starts to change focus, it can take it longer to recover and get back onto the bird.

I never really noticed much delay until I got the 300L, which has almost instant focusing in comparison. If you wander off target the 300L just snaps into focus on whatever it finds then snaps straight back to the bird when you get the AF point back on target. After using the 300L, I find myself noticing that the 100-400L is clearly slower reacquiring a target.

If you keep the AF point on target though, it works great and I have had it track a falcon in a high speed attack dive and a number of other fast birds without issue.

I wouldn't say that it will focus as quickly as a fast prime, but neither would I say that it is 'barely usable'.




  
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Apr 07, 2011 20:52 as a reply to  @ sandpiper's post |  #39

I wrestled with the decision for about 2 yrs. Could not decide. Tried them both and both are great lens for the price point and what they do. In the end, i went with the 100-400 and im happy i did now that im using it,, alot. Actually like the push/pull and im able to use it for my portrait wrok as well. Its more than adequate for Af focal speed so who ever said that has never used it. Cant go wrong with ether lens but versatility won the long long war.

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Apr 07, 2011 21:15 as a reply to  @ umphotography's post |  #40

^^^^^ :rolleyes:

With shots like that i might just keep my 100-400L ! ;)


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Apr 07, 2011 21:28 |  #41

If you need the 100-400 range, then the Canon zoom is a great choice. When I had to choose, I needed strictly the 400mm focal length so I bought the 5.6 prime. While the 400mm 5.6 may be slightly sharper than the zoom, I can honestly say that the images I've seen from the 100-400mm zoom are far more impressive that the samples I've seen from the 400mm f4 DO.




  
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Apr 07, 2011 21:30 as a reply to  @ post 12178137 |  #42

I had the 100-400, very good lens. I kept the 400 f/5.6 which I think is a tad sharper than my 100-400 was but not as flexible. The 400 f/5.6 is also more agile for BIF shots.

I see you sold the Sigma OS, the 50-500 OS?

You'll enjoy the 100-400 I'm guessing, very good lens.


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Apr 07, 2011 21:30 as a reply to  @ Silverfox1's post |  #43

trick to the 100-400 is a faster shutter speed. I shoot in TV mode a lot and set it at 1/400 for shots like this,,1/640 for BIF. seems to be working alright but im still playing with it and getting a feel for it. Ive had it for about 5 months now. Great piece of glass


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Apr 07, 2011 21:31 |  #44

Haven't read all the threads and I imagine it's been mentioned, but if you're always shooting the 1-4 at 400, then you should've got the prime.


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Apr 07, 2011 21:51 |  #45

MikeI wrote in post #12180234 (external link)
Haven't read all the threads and I imagine it's been mentioned, but if you're always shooting the 1-4 at 400, then you should've got the prime.

Thats my feelings in reality also and even more so now that i have the 70-200 f2.8 MKII that excepts extenders so well. This is the only real reason im sorta leaning toward the prime and selling the 100-400L. Same as the folks that have the Sigma 100-300mm f/4, which then also makes the prime more attractive for its lighter weight and excellent AF speed.

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