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Feb 28, 2014 09:46 |  #1

After doing a fair bit of trolling the net and asking for advice on here, i have just ordered a Canon 400mm f5.6.
Mounted on my 7d or 60d i am looking forward to it arriving in 3 to 5 working days, then some decent weather to get out and try it. :)




  
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Feb 28, 2014 09:48 |  #2

:lol: I hope you mean trawling the net...............trol​ling is definitely not wanted ;)

Never used that lens myself but has good reviews, enjoy and do post some imagery taken with it :)


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Feb 28, 2014 10:14 |  #3

bx338 wrote in post #16724025 (external link)
After doing a fair bit of trolling the net and asking for advice on here, i have just ordered a Canon 400mm f5.6.
Mounted on my 7d or 60d i am looking forward to it arriving in 3 to 5 working days, then some decent weather to get out and try it. :)

I'm waiting for some weather and a good opportunity to get out with my longer lens, hope you enjoy that 400mm length, I know I do! It's great to go from 300mm that bit further lets you fill the frame that much easier.


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Feb 28, 2014 10:44 |  #4

I dont know if youve had other telephotos or what you upgraded to the 400 5.6 from but all i can say is prepare for a sharp and amazingly fast af. I love this lens!!! Great for BIF and other birds and wildlife especially with your 7d crop factor.


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Feb 28, 2014 11:46 |  #5

Haha, yes trawling would be a better word.
I have borrowed a 100-400 in the past for wildlife and found i was using it at 400mm all the time so going to a 400mm prime was the obvious choice.
All the reviews i have read have been very good, so cant wait to take delivery of if.




  
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Feb 28, 2014 11:52 |  #6

bx338 wrote in post #16724356 (external link)
Haha, yes trawling would be a better word.
I have borrowed a 100-400 in the past for wildlife and found i was using it at 400mm all the time so going to a 400mm prime was the obvious choice.
All the reviews i have read have been very good, so cant wait to take delivery of if.

Did you find the IS useful in any way? ;)


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Feb 28, 2014 17:53 |  #7

After getting a 500 F4 I was thinking the 400 5.6 might go up for sale. After carrying the 500 around, the 400 5.6 is soooo nice to carry on hikes with! It will not go anywhere soon!

Enjoy how fast that 400 lens can focus and the extremely sharp IQ.


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Mar 01, 2014 02:25 |  #8

I turned the IS off on the 100-400 as i was using it on a tripod most of the time.
The shots i was getting were not that good until i did some research and found out that its best to do that unless its hand-held.




  
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Mar 01, 2014 07:59 |  #9

Box Brownie wrote in post #16724027 (external link)
:lol: I hope you mean trawling the net...............trol​ling is definitely not wanted

Yes and no. 'Trolling' is one of those words like queer whose use has been historically misappropriated for various reasons. To troll can also mean to 'systematically search an area for something', which presumably is the sense the OP had in mind?

Anyhoo - welcome to the wonderful world of 400 f5.6L ownership. I'm barely getting started with mine but I'm loving it so far. So simple to use and yet so effective - just don't forget that for garden birds and stuff you might want to switch the AF range down to 3.5m.

I have the Kenko 1.4X with mine - I'm still deciding whether or not to keep this on or just to shoot at 400 and crop the raw shots more vigorously.

The advice on this Forum seems to be do not buy a U/V filter for it - again, I'm too new to this game to have really experimented enough to know one way or the other.




  
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Mar 01, 2014 13:29 |  #10

Thanks for that info.
I have a canon 1.4x TC but as others have stated it wont auto focus with it attached, but i have also read a comment saying it will AF at f5.6 with the TC ?
Time will tell.
I think i will probably go down the same route as you suggest, shoot at 400mm then crop to suit, but for more static wildlife i will use the TC and just manual focus.
Keep us posted on how you are getting on with yours.




  
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Mar 01, 2014 13:37 |  #11

bx338 wrote in post #16726746 (external link)
Thanks for that info.
I have a canon 1.4x TC but as others have stated it wont auto focus with it attached, but i have also read a comment saying it will AF at f5.6 with the TC ?
Time will tell.
I think i will probably go down the same route as you suggest, shoot at 400mm then crop to suit, but for more static wildlife i will use the TC and just manual focus.
Keep us posted on how you are getting on with yours.

Those people were most likely referring to this combo on a 1D series body, or the 5D III (the only Canon digital bodies with f/8 AF).


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Mar 03, 2014 11:20 |  #12

Congrats the the 400 is a super lens. Enjoy.


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Mar 03, 2014 11:22 |  #13

Kudos. Awesome lens. Mine stays mounted on the 5D MkIII. Great for BIF shots.


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Mar 03, 2014 11:25 |  #14

The 400 is a great lens! It just needs IS, but that is the only real "flaw". Great size, light weight (relatively speaking), super fast AF... Have fun with it! :D


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Mar 03, 2014 12:52 |  #15

This thread has got me thinking as I just received a e-mail from B&H. The 400mm 5.6 is $1,269 with
a $100 Canon rebate and the 100-400 mm is $1,549 with a $200 Canon rebate. Prices are pre rebate
and rebates are mail ins.




  
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