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The Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS Thoughts

 
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Feb 01, 2009 21:32 |  #1

Hello everyone,
Decided to share a few of my thoughts (and pictures) of the Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS (made September '05).

I searched for lengthy discussions about this lens and have not found any, so I would greatly appreciate any and every one posting their opinions on this thread. So here goes mine:

I love this lens! I've been debating the purchase for years and I finally found a KEH copy in Ex+ for $4k that looked to fit my needs--and boy does it. This lens amazes me every day I use it (3 days so far).

Now, to be perfectly clear, I have shot with both Nikon and Canon, and have used both companies' 300mm f/2.8 VR/IS, the Nikon 200-400 f/4 VR, the 70-200mms (f/2.8 VR/IS and f/4 IS), manual focus lenses (400mm f/2.8 Nikon, 500mm f/4 P Nikon, 600mm f/4.5 SSC, 400mm f/3.5 Nikon, 600mm f/5.6 Nikon, etc.), etc., so I have a good bit of knowledge on lens sharpness and build quality etc, etc. I am not someone who upgraded from the 18-55 IS to this lens, in other words. Just see my For Sale posts and you'll come across a lot of these lenses, here and on www.nikonians.org (external link).

I must say I am the most impressed with this lens. It is so easy to use and I love the feel of it in my hand. It is so short and manuverable and so light! It is a dream to shoot handheld--I've used the 300mm f/2.8 IS, and that lens feels heavier and fatter. The 400mm was made to be used handheld and it shows. I love it.

Now, image quality is awesome, really second to none. I have used this lens with the 1.4 and 2x TCs (Sigma DG EX versions) and the images are tack sharp, even with the 2x TC! Really, tack sharp at 800mm f/8 (on a 1ds Mk II). Now, the shots I include today are from my 40D, but please email me for shots from the 1ds Mk II. They are simply astounding. Well, not artistically but in terms of sharpness.

Ok, enough of my ranting--I just wanted to put it out there that this lens is awesome. I do understand there were issues with older versions, but I rarely see (or have seen) it definitively stated that this is a good lens--and it is great. Please view the images below or email me for full rez samples. It would have helped me buy this lens sooner if I had seen samples like mine.

Please add your opinions to this thread.

Both shots below are with the Sigma 1.4 EX DG attached for 560mm f/5.6 on a 40D. Will post more pics too!


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Feb 01, 2009 21:34 |  #2

Two more pics with 1.4 TC attached and 40D. Please email me if you want full rez samples.


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Feb 01, 2009 21:40 |  #3

Very impressive. Never shot with a DO lens myself, but this could convince me.


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Feb 01, 2009 21:50 |  #4

Like I said, if someone had shown me the results I am getting with this lens, I would have purchased it immediately. I really, really like it. It is so sharp even with TCs and it is so easy to sling over your shoulder at the zoo. I love it and I hope Canon makes more in the future. This DO technology is awesome!




  
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Feb 01, 2009 22:11 |  #5

Those are fantastic


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Feb 02, 2009 01:24 as a reply to  @ L.Morey's post |  #6

Wow you guys are making me feel jealous!


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Feb 02, 2009 01:26 |  #7

BOOOOYAH!!!!! :D :D


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Feb 02, 2009 01:35 |  #8

Thanks for bringing this up. You are right that most people have been rather lukewarm about this lens. The review from The-DIgital-Picture (external link) has not been terribly enthusiastic about this lens, and hence some of us have been somewhat hesitant. Do you also find that contrast is left wanting with this lens?


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Feb 02, 2009 01:42 |  #9

There's no sample archive for this lens yet - maybe this thread should be it.


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Feb 02, 2009 01:49 |  #10

Given that the newer editions of this lens are better than some of the first samples, I don't think most people question the ability of the lens to produce good results. I only question the price vs results when compared to the 500/4 and other lenses. It does seem to fit a need weight wise.


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Feb 02, 2009 14:53 |  #11

This supertelephoto is great, especially with it's weight and compact size. I usually use it with 1.4x or 2x and I always run with it.

Glad to see another owner who likes this lens.




  
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Feb 02, 2009 15:00 |  #12

That looks great! However, I shot with the 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 DO IS this weekend and was not thrilled with its performance. My 70-200 blew it away.


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Feb 02, 2009 15:09 |  #13

The 70-300 DO and the 400 DO are two very different animal, the later is a L quality supertelephoto.

The 70-200 f4 is the sharpest zoom ever made, I am yet to come across another zoom that good.

I usually carry have one body with 100-400 and the other with 400DO & 2x or the 70-200 f4 depending on the situation. This combo is proven to be very effective.




  
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Feb 02, 2009 16:02 |  #14

those are gorgeous captures, especially with having a TC on it.

the 400/4 DO is one lens I have my heart set on, it produces such gorgeous colors and sharpness.

I wish I could find one for cheap lol


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Feb 02, 2009 18:18 |  #15

Please post more samples! I love this lens. Took it out today just on a walk. SO light!




  
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