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Any opinions on 400 f/4 DO lens ?

 
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Nov 24, 2013 23:35 |  #1

Just looking for any objective opinions from you guys on the Canon 400 f/4 Diffractive Optics lens. Tried to look at photos taken with the lens, and read everything I could find about it, but there's obviously less of them out there than the 500's and 600's.

I know it came out in 2000, and didn't have a great reception because of some production issues. Supposedly those issues were remedied after 2002, but still not a ton of real world info out there.

If anyone here has owned one (version after 2002) or used one, can they weigh in with opinions, that would be great. Thanks.


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Nov 25, 2013 01:15 |  #2

I'm afraid I can't help that much, but I did look into this myself and ended up with a 500, purely because opinion was so divided and finding sample pictures was a pain (the thread in the lens sample area is not very big)

I'm sure it's a good lens, these two reviews certainly sing its praises.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/​lenses/400-do.shtml (external link)

http://www.grantatkins​on.com …f4-do-is-usm-field-review (external link)


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Nov 25, 2013 01:42 |  #3

I have one and I love it. It suits my purposes very well in that it's light, fast, long and sharp. I've not experienced any of the usual criticisms that get thrown at it and know several other very happy owners. Mine's a 2nd hand 2008 build and I wouldn't swap it for anything.

EDIT: You might find this thread useful: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=580268


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Nov 25, 2013 08:34 |  #4

Very light hand holdable lens but I would pick 500mm f4 IS over it anytime. Canon charges too much for it.


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Nov 25, 2013 10:26 |  #5

It's WAY overpriced!




  
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Nov 25, 2013 11:59 |  #6

nightcat wrote in post #16478667 (external link)
It's WAY overpriced!

I know it's expensive, but you can't say it's overpriced when you have nothing to compare it against. It's a unique lens.


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Nov 25, 2013 12:05 |  #7

I don't have one but would get one in a heartbeat if I had the cash to spare. I have tried out 2 used examples and their sharpness was as good if not better than any big white I have tried/own.


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Nov 25, 2013 12:34 |  #8

johnf3f wrote in post #16478886 (external link)
I don't have one but would get one in a heartbeat if I had the cash to spare. I have tried out 2 used examples and their sharpness was as good if not better than any big white I have tried/own.

f4 DO better than 300/400mm f2.8 or the 500/600mm f4 ?


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Nov 25, 2013 13:17 |  #9

I've read quite a few reviews that say sharpness isn't the problem, just contrast, but that's easily fixed.


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Nov 25, 2013 13:25 |  #10

I've always wanted to know how the f4 DO compares with the Sigma 500 4.5 ?




  
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Nov 25, 2013 13:39 |  #11

I love my 400 DO, and it can be had for a reasonable price these days on the used market. I got mine for $3,500. For me, it isn't the 400mm range that I bought it for, but rather the ability to have a light hand-holdable 560mm f/5.6 lens for racetracks. I just got back from an F1 race in Austin, Texas, and between a 70-300L and the 400 DO (and 1.4 TC in the bag), I really didn't need anything else (body was a 7D).

Here's a collection of reviews for it from real-world users, many of which are fairly picky and have had the opportunity to use/own a number of "big whites" from the Canon lineup.

http://www.fredmiranda​.com …ct/41/sort/7/ca​t/2/page/3 (external link)




  
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Nov 25, 2013 20:19 as a reply to  @ gocolts's post |  #12

Thanks for all the replies and opinions guys. Thanks for the links nellyle and gocolts (good info). Other than the retail price, the lens sounds like it might be for me. I'll keep me eyes open for a good used one. Thanks again.


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Nov 26, 2013 00:55 |  #13

I just got mine about a month ago and I love it. I'd say it has close image quality to the 300mm f/4L IS with maybe a hint less contrast. I was skeptical about the lens at first, but the sample photo thread here cured me of all the worries. I actually traded my 200mm f/2L IS for it and I haven't even missed the 200L. I did a bunch of shooting with the 200L and 2x mk3 and the 400mm DO seems to be almost as sharp. Stopping down to 5.6 makes the 400mm plenty sharp. I "cure" the weak contrast by just bringing down the shutter by 1/3 or 2/3, also giving me a little faster shutter speed too. I would definitely recommend the 400mm DO, just don't buy new. The price is too extreme, you can find them for almost half price in the used market. Unfortunately I don't have internet at home right now and can't post my sample photos.


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Nov 26, 2013 07:03 |  #14

bobbyz wrote in post #16478957 (external link)
f4 DO better than 300/400mm f2.8 or the 500/600mm f4 ?

I have not had a 500 F4 but I have had a 400 F2.8 and 600 F4, I currently own the 300 F2.8 and 800 F5.6 and yes the sharpness/resolution on the 2 400 DO's that I tried was right up there and marginally better than the 600 F4 IS.
This is just what I found on 2 examples that I tried, unfortunately I could not afford one of them at the time.


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Nov 27, 2013 02:57 |  #15

johnf3f wrote in post #16480891 (external link)
This is just what I found on 2 examples that I tried, unfortunately I could not afford one of them at the time.

Looking at your location, John, and considering the rarity of these lenses there's a distinct possibility that my DO was one of the ones you tried since mine came from a dealer in Wales who used to rent it out for people to try!


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