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Canon 70-200mm F/4 L USM - tips and advice?

 
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Jul 18, 2014 07:09 |  #1

Ok I bit the bullet and decided to upgrade to an L lens as part of my plan to upgrade my kit. I'm wise enough to know that putting that onto my 350D ( Rebel XT ) isn't going to turn me into a world leading photographer but I'm sure there are things with this lens that may mess my images up if I don't take them into account.
So can anyone offer any tips or advice on things to allow for or be aware of using this lens with a 350D or to be aware of in general.
I'm taking it out for a session on Sunday so would like to get off to a good start with it
thanks


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Jul 18, 2014 10:11 |  #2

well...keep the shutter speeds high for starters :) and try taking multiple shots to improve keeper rate :)


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Jul 21, 2014 17:53 |  #3

I got this lens a few months ago and I love it! Eventually I want to be getting the 2.8 but this does me for now, only issue really is that at f4 you often have to use a pretty high iso indoors if using natural light, I mainly use it outdoors and at 200mm.. here's an example I took with this lens

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Jul 21, 2014 18:13 |  #4

Alwayslearning wrote in post #17039304 (external link)
Ok I bit the bullet and decided to upgrade to an L lens as part of my plan to upgrade my kit. I'm wise enough to know that putting that onto my 350D ( Rebel XT ) isn't going to turn me into a world leading photographer but I'm sure there are things with this lens that may mess my images up if I don't take them into account.
So can anyone offer any tips or advice on things to allow for or be aware of using this lens with a 350D or to be aware of in general.
I'm taking it out for a session on Sunday so would like to get off to a good start with it
thanks

Heya,

Pump ISO and keep your shutter speed fast, and you'll simply enjoy that lens. This is true regardless of camera.

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Jul 21, 2014 22:06 |  #5

Learn your minimum shutterspeed for handheld shots so you know when you need to boost ISO.


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Jul 22, 2014 00:47 as a reply to  @ Sirrith's post |  #6

The 70-200 f4L was/is the first Canon lens I ever bought. I switched to Canon from Pentax in the film era because of this lens. It is a drop dead classic. Changed my whole outlook on "certain" zooms. Certainly best on FF. a little long on cropped format. but just use it. You'll be reward with some great pics.

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Jul 22, 2014 01:24 |  #7

If you have a steady hand you may be able to pull off SS lower than 1/200, i for one cannot, that being said, it is an awesome lens no matter what camera you strap it on. The F/4 may be limiting in some situations, but as photographers it is our job to adapt and overcome.

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Jul 24, 2014 08:00 |  #8

Thank you all for your tips and advice which I will take on board. I did get out on Sunday with some mixed results, as said I need to find my handheld speed but it was a good excuse to be out and about.
The image below was the best one of the day, so hoping to build on that, appreciate you all taking the time to answer back to me :-)


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Jul 24, 2014 08:07 |  #9

I have the f4 is version because I prefer to shoot at 200 iso and either at 5.6 0r 8.0. Great lens but without is, you'll need higher iso and more shutter speed than I use.




  
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Jul 25, 2014 00:05 |  #10

I have the f/4 and like it a lot. The images are very sharp at f/4 and the weight of the lens is light enough to carry thru an event with no issues.




  
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Jul 25, 2014 03:09 |  #11

It was my first L lens and I loved it. Read up on the techniques for keeping yourself as still as possible when shooting and look for things to lean on if necessary.


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Jul 31, 2014 16:33 |  #12

The best tip I can offer is that even if you have a steady hand, try shooting off a good tripod every now and then.


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