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Who uses a Canon 100-400 VR Lens?

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MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93493 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 - 10:54 AM

Hi who uses a Canon 100-400 lens to shoot wildlife ?

I desperately need more reach in my search for decent bird shots and this lens plus a Canon SLR may fit the bill.

....anyone any views ? ....thanks....Mike

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Tynnwrlluniau
Tynnwrlluniau e2 Member 439 forum postsTynnwrlluniau vcard Wales36 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 11:41 AM

Hi Mike
I use the Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L and find it a marvelous lens. It's zoom makes it great for telephoto landscapes and wildlife. Take a look at my Red Kite images in my pf, all taken with this lens. Here's an example Red Kite shot with 100-400L. Here's a landscape with this lens: 100-400L landscape. The push pull, trombone zoom mechanism has worked like a dream on mine for the past 4 yrs and I wouldn't part with this lens. On the other hand, although I have no experience of the 400F5.6L prime it is, apparently, much quicker locking on with auto focus in AI Servo mode. This might be crucial if you are looking to shoot smaller birds. HTH.
Alun

Last Modified By Tynnwrlluniau at 30 Aug 2012 - 11:42 AM
MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93493 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 - 11:55 AM

Hi Alun.....thanks for that...If I could get shots like those I'd be more than happy.
...I've never done any landscapes but again...if I could get that quality !

...I'm looking to visit Hagley BoP centre next week so if I decide to buy I need to order it tomorrow.

I'm not interested in a prime even though they're faster.

many thanks....Mike

User_Removed
30 Aug 2012 - 12:46 PM

My 100-400 L IS is on ebay at this very moment. Auction ends 20.30 hrs (That's half 8 to those who have never fought for queen and country!) Smile

I find it a little soft at the top end so upgrading to a 300 f4 prime. Have a look Mike. Pin sharp images!

robthecamman
30 Aug 2012 - 1:03 PM

theres one on here for 850 in classifieds

MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93493 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 - 1:08 PM

Cheers Gerry...It's also on EPZ classifieds....I sent you an enquiry at the begining of the week.
.....Mike

MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93493 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 - 1:10 PM

cheers Rob....that's the one I enquired about.

User_Removed
30 Aug 2012 - 1:11 PM

I do remember. Wink

sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82312 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 3:49 PM

In my experience you get good and bad examples of this lens - a disappointing fact for a L series lens. Although I do like my version I have found it somewhat problematic in terms of build quality. The push pull feature is to be frank a pain - fully extended it leaves the lens vulnerable to knocks which can easily misalign the mechanism - mine cost 380 to repair. Since I have also had problems with the locking mechanism - now it simply does not work.

It is a lens that can produce some fabulous results, but don't be fooled to thinking their is no learning curve to climb in order to get the best from it - you need to be prepared to experiment. Also, be cautious not over estimate the degree of compensation the IS provides.

Finally, this is now an old lens and there have been rumours for some time about a possible replacement. If had the chance to buy again I'd go for a 70-200 IS L with a couple of converters for when I need the extra reach.

Regards,

Adam

wildworlds
30 Aug 2012 - 3:49 PM

Hi Mike I use the 100-400 most of the time. I find it a great lens, but do feel that it lacks a bit wide open, though. Close it down a stop and its pin sharp. Despite it being a push pull zoom I have not found any problems with it sucking in dust even when travelling open vehicles. I think its short comings (and no piece of kit is perfect) are far outweighed by its good points. Here is a shot with the 100-400

lawbert
lawbert  71706 forum posts England15 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 4:15 PM

To throw another into the mix the 400mm f5.6L is a far sharper lens wide open and when you take into account you have to stop down the 100-400 to make it sharp it totally counteracts the Image Stabiliser on then 100-400mm
As Mr sherlob has said its a very old lens and may have already been replaced by the 70-300 f5.6 L IS which is a beauty....But lacks the reach for birds.
Theres plenty of pics in my PF taken with the 400mm 5.6 L and Im happy to send you unedited images if you want Mike.
Kerso on ebay or his store flash camera has them far cheaper than most with warranty.
A word of warning though....you will need a body with the af adjust feature as they are soft until calibrated....may be the same with the 100-400 though?

wildworlds
30 Aug 2012 - 4:33 PM

How good is the sigma 150-500? That would be a better range.

MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93493 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 - 4:33 PM

Thanks Adam...thanks wildworlds...if I needed tempting wildworlds your wildlife shots'd do it Smile
...pity it takes more than a good lens.

What's worrying me now is supporting the lens, might be a bit heavy to hang from the camera.
I would have liked a couple of strap hangers on the lens for support when hand holding, I'm thinking that utilizing the tripod mount may be a bit Heath Robinson.
.....never sleep tonight Smile ....thanks again guys ...Mike

sherlob
sherlob e2 Member 82312 forum postssherlob vcard United Kingdom125 Constructive Critique Points
30 Aug 2012 - 4:56 PM

Mike this is NOT a comfortable lens to have around your neck all day - and of course the more it is extended the heavier it feels (the centrifugal force created by the pendulum effect creates a greater sense of pressure on your neck).

MikeRC
MikeRC e2 Member 93493 forum postsMikeRC vcard United Kingdom
30 Aug 2012 - 5:02 PM

Thanks Paul....I don't want a prime lens...much happier with a zoom.


Quote: you will need a body with the af adjust feature as they are soft until calibrated....may be the same with the 100-400 though?

....will I be ok with the EOS 600D ?

cheers....Mike

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