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Canon EF 100-400

 
whu-1
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Aug 24, 2011 21:50 |  #16

Well there a large amount of air moving thou the lens , i live in a dusty , sandy place , the bull dust gets in to every think ! Spend a lot of time a the beach / sand dunes to :-)

Trying to settle between 100-400 and 70-200 f4 1.4

Its long term investment .......like the 100-400 range but not kean on the body design or age ,
Like the every think about 70-200 f4 apart from its range .




  
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Aug 24, 2011 21:56 |  #17

I take mine to the beach too.

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Aug 24, 2011 22:16 |  #18

I had that lens, and the stupid devil on my shoulder told me to sell it, and I did.

HUGE mistake. I regret that more than anything else I've sold. BAD idea.


The lens is a winner.

1. Sure, it may have been designed in 1998, but that doesn't mean all of them were built in 1998. They still make them. So you could buy one made in 2010.

2. The push-pull design is pure genius. It's amazing because if you have to track fast-moving objects, such as jets, motorcyles, or angry mother-in-laws, you can start at 100mm (which is a reasonable distance in which to find your target) and then zoom to 400 in a split second. Best idea in long time.

3. The range is insane. What other lens gives you 100-400?

4. Set the Ap at 7.1 and it's extremely sharp. Sure, you're not going to shoot indoor weddings with it, but that's not why they made this. It's an action lens designed for sports, air shows, horse races, and getting the bank robbers on film without getting shot.

5. The IS is great, but it takes a full second to warm up. That's something that takes getting used to. So, if a grizzly bear is about to kill you, and you want to get a quick spin-around shot of it, the IS won't engage quickly enough. The bear will be a bit blurry (but the colors will be great).

6. Someday I'll get that lens again, and then I'll keep it. I think every photographer should have that lens.

7. The dust pump thing is a myth. It's more of a joke. Nobody actually complains about it sucking in dust. At least I've never heard of it, and as you can see by the obscene number of posts I've made in only two years, I kind of live around here.


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Sorry for such a long post. Just trying to help. It's a great lens. Does almost everything (in strong light, of course).

Thank you. bw!

  
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Aug 24, 2011 22:40 |  #19

It's a fabulous lens. If if sucks a bit of dust onto your sensor, just clean it off. Check the date code of a used one before you purchase if age is a concern.

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Aug 24, 2011 22:53 as a reply to  @ sloanbj's post |  #20

i have a 100-400L
I love this lens.
sure it has a little bit of dust inside as most lenses do.

i like the range it has and the speed you can zoom as stated earlier.

i shoot birds and wildlife.
i keep it at 100 and frame my subject and then zoom in as quickly as I want to.
The zoom tension can be adjusted infinitely from loose as can be to too tight to move.

i only wish it was a 3.5-5.6 or a constant f4.
oh well though. its a great lens and I'm not letting it go anytime soon.



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Aug 25, 2011 01:13 |  #21

Thanks rob , mike ,slonbj ,jhay , ok im sold lol ,

And thanks for the long posts , helps a lot ,
guessed the dust thing was a myth on later copys ,
As seals material improved etc .( and yes ill bet they do up grade parts and not tell any one lol )
Also think if canon
could impove it and make the margins
at a good price they would , :-) since there replacing it for the last 7 years :-) i guess not

Any one like to guess if they did up grade what the cost would be in fantasy land ?
My bids $2800 for a mark 2 :-)

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Aug 25, 2011 07:50 |  #22

I suppose a mark II (if it's ever made) would include an updated IS, but everything else is good.

I happen to love the push/pull design. It's so fast and easy. A twist wouldn't work on a lens this size very well. It's not a light lens (but can definitely be hand held all day if you're into it). It collapses to a reasonable size.


Thank you. bw!

  
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Aug 25, 2011 09:21 as a reply to  @ post 12994790 |  #23

no problem using it on safari and other remote shooting locations. I use it far more than any prime.




  
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Aug 25, 2011 10:38 as a reply to  @ MCAsan's post |  #24

I own the 100-400 and it is one of my sharpest lenses, I will never get rid of it.




  
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Aug 25, 2011 10:41 |  #25

The 100-400 is a very fine lens. It is excellent for travel and is a good entry into long lenses. Its quality improves substantially stopping down one stop. IS doesn't make your subject stay still, so I find that unless I am shooting from a tripod, I need speeds over 1/100th of a second to get very good quality.

Here is a shot for you: http://www.flickr.com …157625336414371​/lightbox/ (external link)

Another lens in the same range that is of excellent quality is the 400 f/5.6. It is lightweight, very high quality though it lacks IS.


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Aug 25, 2011 11:03 as a reply to  @ trailpixie's post |  #26

Awesome sample shots from you all, with the lens. I guess, based on the great
reviews here, I am saving up for a real good lens.


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Aug 25, 2011 12:32 |  #27

appsyscons wrote in post #12997542 (external link)
Awesome sample shots from you all, with the lens. I guess, based on the great
reviews here, I am saving up for a real good lens.

Yep. Don't let the yapping on internet forums dissuade you from this lens. The whole "dust pump" thing is a lot of nonsense, as well the purported sharpness limitations. What this lens does need, however, is very good light. Also, if you are prone to using UV or protection filters, be sure to use a very high quality filter on this lens (you're better off without one, but that's another discussion) as the 100-400L does not tolerate poor filters too well. Its even sharp when used in tandem with a 1.4 multiplier. Shot this last week on 5D2 with 1.4x for a total of 560mm:

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Aug 25, 2011 13:00 |  #28

argyle wrote in post #12997992 (external link)
Yep. Don't let the yapping on internet forums dissuade you from this lens. The whole "dust pump" thing is a lot of nonsense, as well the purported sharpness limitations. What this lens does need, however, is very good light. Also, if you are prone to using UV or protection filters, be sure to use a very high quality filter on this lens (you're better off without one, but that's another discussion) as the 100-400L does not tolerate poor filters too well. Its even sharp when used in tandem with a 1.4 multiplier. Shot this last week on 5D2 with 1.4x for a total of 560mm:


Thanks,

Great info, from someone who owns one!

I would not be using a TC with that lens on my 7D body. The whole 'tape the pins'
thing, or loss of AF, would not work for most of my shots where I need this lens,
offshore power race boats, air shows, fast moving stuff in general.

That shot you posted above, is insane gorgeous!
The colors, the composition, the framing, AWESOME

Thanks again,


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Aug 25, 2011 20:47 |  #29

I rented one last fall on a trip and found a great deal on a used one a few months later in terrific condition. You will not be sorry if you pick one up! I am very steady handholding but find my monopod helps with this lens.

Like most things try it for yourself! If I listened to some threads posted here I would be convinced my 7D and 100-400 is junk but it is far from it! Love both!

Happy Shooting!


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Aug 25, 2011 21:07 |  #30

Once again thaks for all the input .......looked at the dusk thing for my 17- 55 , and love that lens , looks like ill have 2 dust pumps ;)

1 quetion if the lights not to flash , since im probubly not blowing he images up wall size :rolleyes: can you get away with bumping up the iso and hand holding ?

Tri pods dont work to well on boats :lol:


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