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Feb 04, 2014 22:15 |  #16

I was thinking the 100-400 but I like the idea of a prime. I would be using it for general wildlife and birding. I'd like to stick with canon, the new tamron lens does look tempting tho. I am leaning more toward the 400 since soooo many people recommend it. If love to be able to get the 500 f4 but I need to win the lotto or save for a long while.


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Feb 04, 2014 22:16 |  #17

Those are some really lovely pictures Alan.


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Feb 04, 2014 23:11 |  #18

If you are really keen on birds in flight, the 100-400 L is awesome because you can adjust your reach as the birds flies and get great shots, with just 400 you are stuck at one length. I have many great BIF shots with the 100-400 L.


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Feb 04, 2014 23:19 |  #19

If you can wait you may want to see what Canon say about the new 400 5.6 Mk II or if the rumors true the replacement for the 100-400 is just around the corner. I'm waiting to see what they say in the next few months.


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Feb 04, 2014 23:43 |  #20

RLJSlick wrote in post #16664554 (external link)
If you can wait you may want to see what Canon say about the new 400 5.6 Mk II or if the rumors true the replacement for the 100-400 is just around the corner. I'm waiting to see what they say in the next few months.

You're just yanking OP's chain, aren't you? :lol:


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Feb 05, 2014 00:08 |  #21

RLJSlick wrote in post #16664554 (external link)
If you can wait you may want to see what Canon say about the new 400 5.6 Mk II or if the rumors true the replacement for the 100-400 is just around the corner. I'm waiting to see what they say in the next few months.

Exactly how long do you suggest they wait??

This might happen first.

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Feb 05, 2014 00:21 |  #22

^ :lol:


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Feb 05, 2014 06:01 |  #23

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I gotta wonder how many existing threads are on this very subject. General rule: do not buy any lens that you plan on only using it with a TC.

Damn! I better get rid of my 300 f2.8 then. Which will be a shame as it's stunningly good with the 1.4x TC, and it's one stop faster and with excellent IS.


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Feb 05, 2014 06:12 |  #24

just been going through the what to do quandary myself ,either stick with my 400mm f5.6 or get a sigma 150-500 or tamron 150-600 ,as i have just changed to a 1d3 body missing the reach a bit ,so yesterday i borrowed my sons canon 1.4tc mkiii and gave it a try out ,this is one shot taken with the combo at f9 ,good enough for me still fast a/f and good i.q imho .looks like the way to go .

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Feb 07, 2014 12:15 |  #25

Well. I finally made the decision. I got the 400 f5.6 today!! I'm excited about it. Question for some owners though. Which UV/protection filter do you use?


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Feb 07, 2014 12:19 |  #26

orion4211 wrote in post #16671178 (external link)
Well. I finally made the decision. I got the 400 f5.6 today!! I'm excited about it. Question for some owners though. Which UV/protection filter do you use?

I actually heard the 400mm doesn't take well to having a filter on the front. Same goes for the 300mm.


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Feb 07, 2014 12:46 |  #27

orion4211 wrote in post #16671178 (external link)
Well. I finally made the decision. I got the 400 f5.6 today!! I'm excited about it. Question for some owners though. Which UV/protection filter do you use?

None! You have a built-in hood on the 400L, so there's no excuse to not have it on.. it offers all the protection you should need. As well, UV is not an issue with digital.


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Feb 07, 2014 13:01 |  #28

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Which UV/protection filter do you use?

None. The long teles really show up any slight problem with filters. LINK (external link)


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Feb 07, 2014 13:34 |  #29

orion4211 wrote in post #16671178 (external link)
... Which UV/protection filter do you use?

None.

Use the lens hood... It will do a far better job protecting the lens and cannot possibly mess with image quality.


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Feb 07, 2014 14:19 |  #30

Ok so when I got the lens I picked up an inexpensive uv filter. Way way way not a good idea. I'm going to return I tomorrow. I took some shots before and they were all super soft... I think it was because of the filter tho.


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