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Sep 21, 2009 17:19 |  #1

I call mine, "Bolo," from the SciFi novels about battle tanks of the future. It si a scarred veteran of some war somewhere--scratches on the front element, scuffs and dents. Even the hood has an odd bite out of it. But it shoots.


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Sep 21, 2009 17:32 |  #2

advaitin wrote in post #8684209 (external link)
I call mine, "Bolo," from the SciFi novels about battle tanks of the future. It si a scarred veteran of some war somewhere--scratches on the front element, scuffs and dents. Even the hood has an odd bite out of it. But it shoots.

Doesn't it just :)


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Nov 17, 2009 10:39 |  #3

In another thread, there was a question about IQ with teleconverters. I'm going to duplicate the images here, in case someone comes hunting for information:

I just went outside to shoot this. I used a Canon 1DsM3 and "Bolo" the ancient 400L f2.8 with a canon 2x TC II on a monopod. To have some depth of field I used AV for f14, ISO 400 to get 1/800s to compensate for lack of IS, and -2.00 Ev to keep the highlights from burning out. First the full frame, at closest focus. Then, the 100 percent crop with a moderate amount of USM (150 percent, 0.8 radius, zero threshold), less than I might use with some normal lens without a TC.

I think when you can get results like this with a 2X, sharpness becomes a subjective perception.


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Feb 04, 2013 00:35 |  #4

This lens is now part of the school of photography at Daytona State College.


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Oct 09, 2013 02:53 |  #5

Is this thread for the 400 f2.8 IS version one? I did not see "IS" in the title, nor did I see "non-IS". So, I am quite confused as to which lens this thread is for. Somebody, please explain . . . and maybe add "IS" to the title, if that is indeed the lens for this thread.

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Oct 10, 2013 12:09 |  #6

Tom, At the time I started this thread the other thread
https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=661655
was not listed as a lens archive thread and there was some confusion over which version, since the other thread did not distinguish between versions.
I thought starting one just for version 1, which has no designation, would answer the problem.
It did not catch on and here it remains, a lonely orphan, while the other thread continues to grow--and does now have many image samples, of which I was the first contributor. The other thread does mention "non IS" in the title.


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Oct 11, 2013 04:14 |  #7

There are two "non-is" versions I and II, the second one is sharper than first version.
EF 400 2.8L usm II is also a bit lighter, 5.9kg compared to first version which weights 6.45kg.


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Oct 11, 2013 09:19 |  #8

Owl_79 wrote in post #16362398 (external link)
There are two "non-is" versions I and II, the second one is sharper than first version.
EF 400 2.8L usm II is also a bit lighter, 5.9kg compared to first version which weights 6.45kg.

It is hard to imagine how much sharper a lens could be. But I'll take your word for it. I donated my lens to the photography school at Daytona State College, since I have other lenses that do the job, like a 400mm f4 DO IS.


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Oct 11, 2013 22:18 as a reply to  @ advaitin's post |  #9

So what is the proper name of the lens to be discussed here?


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Oct 11, 2013 22:41 |  #10

Zivnuska wrote in post #16364375 (external link)
So what is the proper name of the lens to be discussed here?

Since it was the original, it did not have any other designation than EF 400mm F2.8 L.
The second model was called the same but with a II.

The link given above in an earlier post is where all the discussion and most of the image samples are--this is essentially a dead thread.


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May 23, 2014 23:53 as a reply to  @ advaitin's post |  #11

Why not keep both threads vivid?!
Since the other one "https://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php​?t=661655" is all about version II we could keep this reserved voor version one as the title clearly distinguishes.
I'm sure the're still some chaps like myself holding on to that dinosaur of a lens.
This grebe is taken en few days ago with a 5DIII and a TC 2xIII. This 150kb limit doesn't do this picture justice and the original is just perfect. More pictures are coming soon.
I'm sure there are still some members left with this one-version who want to share there photos!
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May 23, 2014 23:58 |  #12

Lenty007 wrote in post #16926143 (external link)
Why not keep both threads vivid?!
Since the other one "https://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php​?t=661655" is all about version II ...

Nice shot!

However, just f.y.i. the other thread starts with talk about the original version 1 also.
The photos contained within are from both versions of the non is lens. At 35 pages, it's a bit late to try to separate them out into two groups.


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May 24, 2014 00:52 as a reply to  @ CyberDyneSystems's post |  #13

Tx for the quick comment!
So, if I understand correctly, you preferably let this thread go dead and continu with the other one to handle both versions.
Works fine for me.
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