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Jun 22, 2012 16:07 |  #2746

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But hon you 50 is not the same weight is it!

LOL not it is not..well I will try my true tripod test tonight for sure. I just hope it's not soft like I think it is cause it's one of the newer models.


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Jun 22, 2012 16:36 |  #2747

5D @f5.6 w/1.4xII ISO 800 1/640 sooc....

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Jun 22, 2012 16:48 |  #2748

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5D @f5.6 w/1.4xII ISO 800 1/640 sooc....

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handheld or tripod / monopad Patrick?


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Jun 22, 2012 16:55 |  #2749

It's handheld, Vixen...:cool:


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Jun 22, 2012 16:59 |  #2750

EFFFFFFFF, now I'm just worried my copy just sucks and is soft..LOL

Great capture by the way, I went through everyone's flickr here and which made me get this lens over the other two 100-400 and 400L ..:D

Of course I know I'm kicking myself by not getting THE birding lens, the 400L.


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Jun 22, 2012 17:23 |  #2751

Vixen89 wrote in post #14617781 (external link)
EFFFFFFFF, now I'm just worried my copy just sucks and is soft..LOL

Great capture by the way, I went through everyone's flickr here and which made me get this lens over the other two 100-400 and 400L ..:D

Of course I know I'm kicking myself by not getting THE birding lens, the 400L.

Just a passing thought. When you're shooting, do you have your hand on the focus ring? If so.........don't!! The slightest little movement (and I do mean slight) can knock off your focus. I try to remember to hold my lens in front of the ring, with my left hand under the lens.


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Jun 22, 2012 17:31 |  #2752

I'm sure you're aware that the 400 F5.6 requires a lot of light, upping your ISO and a very steady hands. I learned that the hard way and in return made me decide the 300 F4L IS instead. With regards to the 100-400, I like the IQ of the prime better plus I had problem adjusting to shoot with the push/pull zoom.

Anne made a nice thought...somethin' to consider as well. Keep at it and I'm sure you'll be able to lock it down. Good luck.


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Jun 22, 2012 18:52 |  #2753

eaglssong wrote in post #14617875 (external link)
Just a passing thought. When you're shooting, do you have your hand on the focus ring? If so.........don't!! The slightest little movement (and I do mean slight) can knock off your focus. I try to remember to hold my lens in front of the ring, with my left hand under the lens.

while I was hand holding yes I noticed I touched the focus ring on accident and watched the IS motor move the lens while being activated as well. but I'm uploading some test shots for you guys to see where I used solely the tripod and 2 sec timer to make sure I do not move the camera.

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I'm sure you're aware that the 400 F5.6 requires a lot of light, upping your ISO and a very steady hands. I learned that the hard way and in return made me decide the 300 F4L IS instead. With regards to the 100-400, I like the IQ of the prime better plus I had problem adjusting to shoot with the push/pull zoom.

Anne made a nice thought...somethin' to consider as well. Keep at it and I'm sure you'll be able to lock it down. Good luck.

I'm trying so hard to get it to nail focus but I can't..please take a look at the shots I'm uploading. :x

I'll post link once it's ready, 10% uploaded so far.


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Jun 22, 2012 19:17 |  #2754

Here are the outdoor files, my indoor shots will be uploaded via photobucket.

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Jun 22, 2012 19:27 |  #2755

and here are the indoor ones, let me know if I need to upload the jpgs so you can get them fullsize o-o

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Jun 22, 2012 20:25 |  #2756

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What shutter speed should I be shooting at with this lens? I'm trying to see if my copy is sharp at f/4 but so far everything I've taken isn't sharp and I'm wondering if it's just me being super shaky even though IS is on...I've been shooting at 1/800 @ f/4 and can't get the same sharpness as my 50 1.4 or any my other primes.

1. At F4 the DOF is thin
2. I noticed that at anything over 50 feet vibration will take away from sharpness. I had shot a baseball player at 1/1000th and that speed was not fast enough to stop blur.
3. IS does not help, it makes pictures usable where otherwise they would not. That's why you take it off when on a tripod.


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Jun 22, 2012 20:32 |  #2757

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1. At F4 the DOF is thin
2. I noticed that at anything over 50 feet vibration will take away from sharpness. I had shot a baseball player at 1/1000th and that speed was not fast enough to stop blur.
3. IS does not help, it makes pictures usable where otherwise they would not. That's why you take it off when on a tripod.

Right now I've still been testing with IS off and on tripod with flash, and even using MA on the 5D2 - the results still look the same. I put the 300mm f/4 with no IS on my 60D and bam it's as sharp as my other lenses.


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Jun 22, 2012 20:35 |  #2758

Vixen89 wrote in post #14615825 (external link)
What shutter speed should I be shooting at with this lens? I'm trying to see if my copy is sharp at f/4 but so far everything I've taken isn't sharp and I'm wondering if it's just me being super shaky even though IS is on...I've been shooting at 1/800 @ f/4 and can't get the same sharpness as my 50 1.4 or any my other primes.

It sounds like you are doing everything right. I had a copy of a 50mmf/1.4 the wasn't sharp no matter what I did, so possibly you have a copy that your camera doesn't like. I have a 5Dc, so I cannot micro adjust. I took the lens back. The next one was good. Maybe you should do the same.

My 300mm f/4L IS is sharp wide open.


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Jun 22, 2012 20:37 |  #2759

300 f4 +1.4x

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Jun 22, 2012 20:39 as a reply to  @ Dillan_K's post |  #2760

Vixen89 wrote in post #14618564 (external link)
Right now I've still been testing with IS off and on tripod with flash, and even using MA on the 5D2 - the results still look the same. I put the 300mm f/4 with no IS on my 60D and bam it's as sharp as my other lenses.

I think youre copy is fine.
Are you letting the IS spool up for 1 second before you shoot the pic? if not then the slight loss of sharpness could be the old IS spooling up.
the 100-400 does the same thing.

also, it looks like you dont have tons of light in your test shots (on photobucket). I cant tell very well.
do some outdoor shooting and see how it works.
its really a great lens.
you cant go wrong with it, the 400 5.6 or the 100-400.

your choice will work for you Im sure.
get a nice 1.4x TC also to get that 420mm!



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