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CHUCK ­ A
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Sep 28, 2012 16:54 |  #1

Heading for Florida for vacation soon and thinking about renting a 100-400 for shooting birds. Cost for 2 weeks about $165 with insurance. Thought it would be a good way to test drive one before laying out the cash for a new or used one. Worth it ??


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Sep 28, 2012 17:53 |  #2

That's what I did. I rented for a long weekend to see how I liked it prior to paying out that money. I bought it and enjoy it. I have been using it a lot to shoot butterflies. I have a 60d and I think it is an excellent lens on that camera. I have been using it on a monopod lately. Have fun.




  
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Sep 28, 2012 18:24 |  #3

I too rented for 10 days from borrowlenses for ~110. It's worth giving it a shot. It's an awesome lens. Only keep in mind that it does not like any filters; even clear UV filter.


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Sep 28, 2012 18:48 |  #4

Absolutely worth it; especially at that price :)


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Sep 28, 2012 21:00 |  #5

I was looking to to buy that lens, rented it, didnt like the slide zoom. but i always rent a lens and try it out before i buy. and its so much easier to rent then buy. easier on the wallet


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Sep 28, 2012 21:09 |  #6

Careful Chuck, you may like it. :D
I loan mine to friend that shoots an old Xsi.
Marriage made in heaven.
He loves the slide tele on it, me not so much.
Getting it back from him is always a battle.




  
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Sep 28, 2012 21:18 |  #7

AmitShinde0511 wrote in post #15055699 (external link)
I too rented for 10 days from borrowlenses for ~110. It's worth giving it a shot. It's an awesome lens. Only keep in mind that it does not like any filters; even clear UV filter.

i keep a UV filter on mine. i tested the lens with and without filter and i saw no difference. and what about circular polarizer or ND filter? you saying they can't be used with this lens?

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Sep 28, 2012 21:28 |  #8

ed rader wrote in post #15056223 (external link)
i keep a UV filter on mine. i tested the lens with and without filter and i saw no difference. and what about circular polarizer or ND filter? you saying they can't be used with this lens?
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That's because you use high quality filters. :D




  
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Sep 29, 2012 00:10 |  #9

borrowlenses.com has a coupon code for that lens this week...saves 25% if you book it before sunday at midnight...http://www.borrowlense​s.com …2/09/deal-of-the-week-11/ (external link)


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Sep 29, 2012 02:07 |  #10

Chuck,

just realize that in the canon realm the 100-400L is one of the most versatile lenses. With this versatility as as a zoom you'll find the IQ to be good....not stellar. This lens loves alot of light.


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Sep 29, 2012 06:59 |  #11

CHUCK A wrote in post #15055430 (external link)
Heading for Florida for vacation soon and thinking about renting a 100-400 for shooting birds. Cost for 2 weeks about $165 with insurance. Thought it would be a good way to test drive one before laying out the cash for a new or used one. Worth it ??

probably but for birds the 400mm prime is better and cheaper, the 100-400 is more about versatility - wildlife such as birds but also for events, sports, etc.




  
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Sep 29, 2012 07:07 as a reply to  @ watt100's post |  #12

I totally agree with the two previous statements.

Renting the lens for that amount of money is not a bad idea. Very cost effective.


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Sep 29, 2012 07:14 as a reply to  @ AbPho's post |  #13

Thank you DreDaze you just saved me 33 bucks :) Lens on order. I will post some shots when I return from vacation.


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Sep 29, 2012 12:18 |  #14

AlanU wrote in post #15056868 (external link)
Chuck,

just realize that in the canon realm the 100-400L is one of the most versatile lenses. With this versatility as as a zoom you'll find the IQ to be good....not stellar. This lens loves alot of light.

Once you get familiar with it, it can be used in some pretty dim conditions, assuming you have a reasonable top end on your ISO (read: more modern body). I've shot birds, frequently, in the 2500 to 3200 range and been just fine. But getting there took a while; when I first got the lens, I couldn't, for the LIFE of me figure out how to get a reasonable result out of the thing in anything less than direct daylight.

It's all a learning experience; but once you get it down, it's is a fantastic piece of glass.


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Sep 29, 2012 16:02 |  #15

AmitShinde0511 wrote in post #15055699 (external link)
I too rented for 10 days from borrowlenses for ~110. It's worth giving it a shot. It's an awesome lens. Only keep in mind that it does not like any filters; even clear UV filter.

Of course it takes filters (77 mm thread) I've a 100-400 since 2002 and have been using it always with a b+w UV filter and from time to time with a c-pol as well.

Please explain why you think it can't take filters in your view.




  
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