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Mar 19, 2013 14:52 |  #1

I currently have a canon 100-400mm L, Im debating on trading/selling this for either a canon 300mm f/4 or the 400mm f/5.6

Not sure which way to go here. I like the idea of being able to put a 1.4x on the 300mm but i also like the idea of the 400mm and not having to buy a 1.4x. Any info or feedback on these 2 lenses would be greatly appreciated.

This lens will be used for baseball, wildlife etc...

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Mar 19, 2013 14:54 |  #2

What is the 100-400mm Not doing for you now ?

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Mar 19, 2013 15:13 as a reply to  @ dpds68's post |  #3

I did the 300 f4 IS vs. 400 f5.6 thing a while ago. I went for the 300.

The clincher was IS. I know that it doesn't help with moving subjects or on a tripod and all that jazz but it really does help when hand-holding. Given that cameras these days have such cramped sensors, anything that helps reduce blur from shaky hands is a no-brainer.

Also, having a 300mm and effective 420mm lens is pretty useful. You aren't losing any light over the 400mm 5.6.

Here is the catch:

At least with my copy, I find that the 300 doesn't get really sharp until it is stopped down quite a bit (like 7.1 or 8). Add the 1.4 extender and you are into a pretty slow/dark zone. I don't know how sharp the 400 is wide open (never used one myself) but that might be a consideration.

If you are considering the 300 f4.0 non-IS then I'd skip it and get the 400.


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Mar 19, 2013 15:31 |  #4

dpds68 wrote in post #15732884 (external link)
What is the 100-400mm Not doing for you now ?

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That would be my question. You've already got something that is f/5.6 @ 400mm, but gives you the added flexibility of the zoom. If you had said 400 f/4, I could understand. Not sure what you'd gain by going w/ a 400 f/5.6 prime.


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Mar 19, 2013 15:40 |  #5

dpds68 wrote in post #15732884 (external link)
What is the 100-400mm Not doing for you now ?

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I just dont use the lower end of the zoom, i got a 70-200 f/2.8 for that


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