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Mar 06, 2008 12:27 |  #16

One from me.


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Mar 06, 2008 12:32 |  #17

Easily hand holdable, that's why it has such a good reputation for BIF. Works great if you have good light to keep those shutter speeds up.

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Mar 06, 2008 12:59 |  #18

farmdog fan wrote in post #5060383 (external link)
there are not many exotic birds around here, so here is a sparrow.
handheld wide open.

farmdog fan,

That sparrow shot is great. Excellent detail.




  
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Mar 06, 2008 13:06 |  #19

jm4ever wrote in post #5060912 (external link)
farmdog fan,

That sparrow shot is great. Excellent detail.

thank you. not a very exiting bird but good for practicing as there are many of them around. per.




  
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Mar 06, 2008 15:14 as a reply to  @ farmdog fan's post |  #20

How does this lens compare to the 100-400 (at 400mm)? I realize the 400 5.6L prime isn't an IS, but still and all - opinions, please. Thanks.


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Mar 06, 2008 15:20 |  #21

The hood is intregal to the 400mm, the lens is a bit smaller in diameter and a tad lighter. IQ at f5.6 is very slightly better in the 400mm prime lens...at least in comparing my 400mm to my 100-400 mm lens.
The tripod collar is removable easily on the prime lens, and can be used with other lenses with similar diameter.




  
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Mar 06, 2008 15:41 |  #22

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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

Ian, you're in Wales. Unless it's the middle of summer you are going to need some support and probably waterproofing as well. Trust me. ;)


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Mar 07, 2008 03:25 |  #23

Foxbat, hi, thats what i have been thinking. To be honest we get little light down here in the Welsh Valleys which is why i did consider 300mm f4 instead, but didn't want to be left wanting extra reach.

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Mar 07, 2008 16:21 |  #24

After renting the 100-400 for two weeks, I bought the 400 5.6. The 100-400 is a great lens, but I didn't care for the IS. Most of the pictures were sharper with the IS off so I bought the prime. I use the Betterbeamer on my EX580 to light things up. Once you figure out it's limits, you will love this lens.


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Mar 07, 2008 16:27 as a reply to  @ DegasGoneDigital's post |  #25

I know its not a bird but this is in low light in Wales hand-held:

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and the next, not birds but they fly :) all hand-held:

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I absolutely love this lens and think hand-held it is very usable. I took it to a World Rally event in Wales an the weather was terrible. i had my kit lens but broke out the 400 5.6 for a laugh and got some great images. Really surprised as I thought hand-held it would be unusable with low light. Blown most the images up to A2 and they are sharp as anything.

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Mar 07, 2008 17:13 |  #26

Nice work Z3rocool. All great shots but especially the rally as you never get any light stuck up there in the forest in bad weather!


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Mar 07, 2008 23:46 |  #27

While I usually use the 400 with a tripod, I occasionally use it hand held to get closer in with the minimum amount of disturbance to the subject.
This image was hand held at 1/200sec while I crouched down and steadied myself against a tree.


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Mar 08, 2008 01:16 |  #28

Not too difficult to handhold in good light with sufficient shutter speed.

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Mar 08, 2008 03:44 |  #29

foxbat wrote in post #5061853 (external link)
Ian, you're in Wales. Unless it's the middle of summer you are going to need some support and probably waterproofing as well. Trust me. ;)

I hand hold my 400mm f5.6 just about all the time in Devon (10 miles from Wales across the channel). Here is a couple of recent shots hand held, its no problem providing you keep the shutter speed up. Just shoot at ISO 400-800 to achieve the speeds.

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Mar 08, 2008 03:58 |  #30

Roy C wrote in post #5071627 (external link)
I hand hold my 400mm f5.6 just about all the time in Devon (10 miles from Wales across the channel). Here is a couple of recent shots hand held, its no problem providing you keep the shutter speed up. Just shoot at ISO 400-800 to achieve the speeds.

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Amazing shots, Roy. Just afraid not everyone can get such great pics with this 400mm prime.


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