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Jul 24, 2009 02:28 |  #61

A 2X shot with the 300. Wide open and handheld, main problem I find is bokeh quality and some CAs, sharpness is stellar even wide open.

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Jul 24, 2009 07:04 |  #62

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A word of advice: you may want to wait a few months and see what's in store...

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Is there any thing specific coming from Canon ? Can you tell approx. time and what is in store from Canon ?


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Jul 24, 2009 09:50 |  #63

rakesh wrote in post #8335196 (external link)
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Is there any thing specific coming from Canon ? Can you tell approx. time and what is in store from Canon ?

I'd guess that Bryan's referring to the new that Canon have developed a new type of IS that will be appearing in, unspecified, new lenses before the end of the year.

Lots of speculation - but no facts. However, one of the guesses is that they'll announce a replacement for the 100-400. If that lens is made to the same standards as the latest 70-200 IS then it could be very nice indeed. I'm sure I'm not the only one that would like to see a Canon lens similar to Nikon's 200-400 f4 VR.


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Jul 24, 2009 11:18 |  #64

Nikon 200-400 f4 VR is $6280 at B&H.

Regarding new IS from canon, here is what it says on dpreview site:

"The system, which the company claims is a world's first for SLR lenses, will be incorporated into a lens that will be released before the end of 2009 It is designed to offer improved stabilization performance at closer subject distances, and particularly for macro shooting."

into a lens is a key, seems like 1 lens for macro so don't worry too much about it.


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Jul 24, 2009 13:37 |  #65

bobbyz wrote in post #8336223 (external link)
Nikon 200-400 f4 VR is $6280 at B&H.

Regarding new IS from canon, here is what it says on dpreview site:

"The system, which the company claims is a world's first for SLR lenses, will be incorporated into a lens that will be released before the end of 2009 It is designed to offer improved stabilization performance at closer subject distances, and particularly for macro shooting."

into a lens is a key, seems like 1 lens for macro so don't worry too much about it.

Might be a 400mm f4 IS Macro? :cool:


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Jul 24, 2009 13:47 |  #66

Neilyb wrote in post #8336954 (external link)
Might be a 400mm f4 IS Macro? :cool:

Now that would really be a nice lens!


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Jul 25, 2009 02:13 |  #67

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I'd be careful about comments like that. The 400 f4 DO I have was sharper than the 400 f5.6L that I upgraded from. So I don't see how the 100-400 zoom would be sharper than either prime. I'm selling the lens due to a current financial hardship so I have some test shots here: https://photography-on-the.net …php?p=8333582#p​ost8333582 Then a few months after, I came across a guy doing tests with his 400 f4 which seemed a bit sharper than what I was getting; naturally I was bothered so I sent it in for calibration and lucky for me it came back a touch sharper.

See that looks a heck of a lot better than the test chart over at TDP to me...

I dont know im seriously thinking of renting a 400 f/4 when the time comes, Faster at 400 and gives me a 560 and a 800...

The Nikon 200-400 isnt an answer by the by, keep in mind it weighs as much as the 500 f/4!


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Jul 26, 2009 06:10 |  #68

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See that looks a heck of a lot better than the test chart over at TDP to me...

I dont know im seriously thinking of renting a 400 f/4 when the time comes, Faster at 400 and gives me a 560 and a 800...

The Nikon 200-400 isnt an answer by the by, keep in mind it weighs as much as the 500 f/4!

sample variation? bad or early batch? knocked out of calibration? bad technique? who knows, but frankly I'm shocked at how bad some of the funky tests floating around look. I'd have a hard time believing so many people would purchase a lens that expensive and not return it if it actually performed as poorly as those weird tests suggest. think about that. So Kenji, you're using a 100-400 now? what happened with the sigma? sorry for going off topic guys.


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Jul 26, 2009 09:48 as a reply to  @ JustChillin's post |  #69

My copy of the 400mm f/4 DO is wonderful, with or without the 1.4x. A little calibration using the micro AF adjustment on the 50D and 1D3 took it from very nice IQ to wonderful.

On the 40D it seems top be a little softer than the other bodies but to my eye in comparisons to my 400mm f/5.6 and 100-400mm that I did when got it it is sharper from center to edge than either and I have no complaints about the other 400mm's that I have.

Having a 560mm f/5.6 w/ IS to walkaround with in situations were the 500mm f/4 and tripod/gimbal are too much bother, it is a very nice option to have at hand and I have no issues with the IQ other than knowing I will just have to do a little curves adjust to punch up the contrast.


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Jul 26, 2009 16:49 |  #70

JustChillin wrote in post #8344908 (external link)
sample variation? bad or early batch? knocked out of calibration? bad technique? who knows, but frankly I'm shocked at how bad some of the funky tests floating around look. I'd have a hard time believing so many people would purchase a lens that expensive and not return it if it actually performed as poorly as those weird tests suggest. think about that. So Kenji, you're using a 100-400 now? what happened with the sigma? sorry for going off topic guys.

The zoom ring on my Bigmos messed my shoulder up

The weight was manageable, but the zoom ring and rotational force required to move it really messed my shoulder up after a day or two...

Lifting and carrying a 5-6lb lens on a 3lb camera body is easy to me [I do a lot of home improvement, Lots of tools i use for hours and hours on end easily weigh more than that in ways that are less balanced than photographic equipment] but for some reason that zoom ring did my shoulder in...

Kinda thought about getting a Bigmos again down the line however...I do kinda wish for that extra 100mm sometimes :) and i honestly think it was just my copy of it...


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