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Mar 06, 2008 05:32 |  #1

Hello all, I am planning on getting the 400mm prime soon ( which i have decided upon with your help ) and i was wondering what its like hand held say from a hide or something.

I know it hasn't got IS and i know its AF is great with in flight birds, but what about pot shots of birds perched still, and without tri or monopod.

Does it perform well?

Thanks for your opinions and help.

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Mar 06, 2008 06:05 |  #2

I'd suppose it would, if you could keep the shutter speed above 1/500 at least....


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Mar 06, 2008 06:17 |  #3

i allways use mine handheld.
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Mar 06, 2008 06:50 |  #4

Thanks guys, i don't suppose you have any pics do ya?

Im getting exited thats all.

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Mar 06, 2008 06:54 |  #5

I have one...and it's easy to hand hold, as long as the light is right...

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Mar 06, 2008 06:59 |  #6

Great way to get out and shoot plus get a weight lifting workout!


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Mar 06, 2008 07:56 |  #7

Thanks Manish, thats a great shot, im sold.

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Mar 06, 2008 07:58 |  #8
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Since everyone here knows that I just can't stand ambiguity, how about you tell us which of the three 400mm Canon primes you plan to get? Or is there a third-party lens on your list?


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Mar 06, 2008 08:02 |  #9

Gatorboy wrote in post #5058900 (external link)
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?? The 400 f/5.6 L that the OP is considering is a fairly lightweight lens...one of the features that makes it so popular.


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Mar 06, 2008 08:22 |  #10

THE TROOPER wrote in post #5059093 (external link)
Thanks Manish, thats a great shot, im sold.

Best Regards

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You're welcome. Thanks for the comments. It's a great lens, and once you use it a few times, you will notice how quickly is locks focus in good light. Even overcast days aren't all that bad, but the light isn't as 'bright' as on a sunny day, of course.

The picture I took was taken on a sunny morning, between 8-9 a.m (handheld). All the bird pictures in my flikr account were taken with the 5D + 400 5.6L combo.

Enjoy the lens, once you get it, and post up some shots. It really is hand-holdable, as long as you can maintain a fast enough SS...to reduce camera shake.

Here's another shot (cropped) that shows the details this lens can produce...and mind you, I am still learning the art of birding...there's others out there that are much better than I.

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Mar 06, 2008 08:43 |  #11

wow! they are greats shots, hopefully i can get some decent ones soon.

Sorry, to end speculation its the Canon 400mm 5.6 prime. :)

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Mar 06, 2008 09:28 |  #12

I have one for sale....
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Mar 06, 2008 10:43 as a reply to  @ Denton's post |  #13

I just got a 400 5.6 prime after sending the 100-400 L back...

Maybe I'm just getting old, but for me, I have found a monopod works better than hand holding the lens. And if I can, I use a tripod, but that is not always practical.


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Mar 06, 2008 11:26 |  #14

Yes, when the light gets a little lower, use a monopod. Monopods are good for many reasons. With a little pratice, they are easy to use and carry. Some people would always have one with them.


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Mar 06, 2008 11:51 |  #15

there are not many exotic birds around here, so here is a sparrow.
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