Chris L F wrote in post #18787803
I'd appreciate if you could give me advice and tips with regard to this type of lens e.g. how you carry the camera and lens – I assume by the lens and not by the camera strap?
I carry it a couple of ways -
. . - just let the camera and lens dangle from my neck via the camera strap ... a lot of people don't like this but for me it works better to have the entire weight hang from my neck than it does having it hang from my shoulder. Necks are stronger than shoulders, so that makes sense.
. . - walk around with it cradled in the crook of my arm .... similar to the way a running back holds a football when he is running with it.
Come to think of it, I just pick the darn thing up and carry it without thinking about how to carry it. . The human body automatically carries stuff in the way that's most comfortable. . There's no need to plan and strategize about how to carry something that's only a few pounds. . Don't overthink.
Airedale1 wrote in post #18787832
Although it does not have IS; I would highly recommend that you get yourself a Canon EF 400 f/5.6L prime. To me this has always been one of Canon's best lenses and at $1,149.00 an incredible bargain. Also, IMO at 400mm it is sharper than the 100-400 at 400mm. Add to that the fact that it only weighs 2.75 lbs. and has an excellent built in retractable hood and you will have yourself an excellent birding lens. At only 2.75 lbs. it is excellent for shooting handheld BIF shots.
As an owner and user of both the 400 mf5.6 and the 100-400 v2, I wholeheartedly disagree with this recommendation.
The 100-400 is better at everything than the 400 f5.6 . . It isn't lighter, but it is better.
The statement that the prime is sharper at 400mm than the zoom is simply incorrect. . In fact, I wonder if Airedale1 confusing the 100-400 v1 with the 100-40 v2. . The v2 is sharper than the prime at 400mm. . And it focuses faster, too.
bbqkid8 wrote in post #18787837
I don't usually use a monopod or a tripod, even though I own them. The main reason for me picking up this lens was to be able to hand-hold a lens while birding.
With the 100-400mm, I hardly ever use a tripod or monopod. . I use a tripod with big lenses, but the main reason for having a smaller shorter lens like the 100-400mm is to be able to maneuver and get into position rapidly. . That's the main advantage of this lens ... so why negate that advantage by encumbering it with a tripod or monopod?
Chris L F wrote in post #18787803
I’m a little apprehensive of it at the moment!
I’m a fairly experienced photographer but this is a whole different ball game for me and my first L lens.
Chill out. . It's just a lens. . You use it the same way that you use any of your other lenses. . No biggie. . It functions the same way all the other Canon zoom lenses function. . There really isn't anything unique or special to learn. . Just get out and shoot with it a lot and all of your apprehensions and questions will just kind of answer themselves..
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The IS is really good and you can handhold at much slower shutter speeds than most people realize and still get tack-sharp images. . I took this picture of a buck (below) at 1/25 of a second, handheld with no support and nothing to lean against. . Just freehand. . 1/25th certainly isn't ideal, but it is doable without any support.
The IS really is that good and there's no need to keep your shutter speed up with this lens, even at 400mm in low light.
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