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Canon 100-400 f/4.0-5.6L with IS................
Old 09-22-2005, 11:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is anyone using this lens. I would be using it for daytime sporting events.

 
 
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I've heard unflattering things about it from a Pro who once owned it, clarity issues as I recall...
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Re: Canon 100-400 f/4.0-5.6L with IS................
Old 09-23-2005, 12:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The lens is soft at 400mm but pretty decent from 100mm-300mm. If you find yourself shooting at the long end most of the time then consider the 400mm f5.6, it's WAY sharper. Here's a link with a comparison:

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Re: Canon 100-400 f/4.0-5.6L with IS................
Old 09-23-2005, 12:17 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I have this lens (use it mostly to do bird photography) and I have always found it a good performer. The issue that I would see is the pull/push design that makes it slow to adjust the zoom when doing something with fast moving action as sports.

Here is a mini-review of this lens from someone that knows his stuff (Arthur Morris). It is Nature oriented review but should give you a good idea of what to expect.

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Re: Canon 100-400 f/4.0-5.6L with IS................
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I have this lens (use it mostly to do bird photography) and I have always found it a good performer. The issue that I would see is the pull/push design that makes it slow to adjust the zoom when doing something with fast moving action as sports.


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Really? The push-pull zoom is far faster than a twist would be given the amount this lens has to extent and retract.
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Re: Canon 100-400 f/4.0-5.6L with IS................
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i shot ONE soccer game with it and liked how fast i could get to and fro with the push-pull method. cant say much for the sharpness cos i only used it once and not even at high quality jepgs... mediums for quantity.. (i know i know i quit that company)

try using one, prolly worth the cost of renting one for a day to see how you like it.
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Re: Canon 100-400 f/4.0-5.6L with IS................
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I have used this lens many times in the Everglades and other settings and I can adjust the zoom on a 70-200mm L IS 2.8 in a fraction of the time that it takes to do the 100-400 L... If you leave the tension on the 100-400 L too lose it creeps if you don't have the lens in perfect horizontal position and if it is too hard then it is impossible to get the exact zoom position without multiple adjustments. If you are lucky enough to get the tension just right within a few "zooms" (is that a word?) it loosens a bit.

The small zoom adjustments take longer to make with the push/pull design in my opinion because of the lack of precision.

Of course this is not too much of an issue in bird photography as it is all about patience and not about speed. I love this lens.

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Re: Canon 100-400 f/4.0-5.6L with IS................
Old 09-23-2005, 08:28 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Without a doubt the "push / pull " action took a little time to get use to, but after a few shoots it was an easy transition. The build quality is what you can expect from an "L" lense from Canon. I have never had a soft image from this lense, although some people claim its an issue. With IS on you can hand hold shots at 1/30th at 400mm, which is hard to believe but true. Turning off IS when using a tripod makes a difference for sure. I like the lense, worth the money.
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Re: Canon 100-400 f/4.0-5.6L with IS................
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I'm a sports shooter by trade. Something you might want to concider is the 70-200 f/2.8 IS L lens with the Canon doubler on it (160 - 400mm f/5.6). You get very sharp images with this combination at a constant f stop, albiet slower, but then you can take the doubler off and you have a very bright zoom to use for other projects and a doubler to put on that 300 f/2.8 your gonna buy in the future!

But seriously folks, I've used both lenses and the difference in image quality is so small you can't tell unless you are printing bilboards with the image and then you have the 70-200 afterwards. Which in my opionion is the most usefull zoom Canon makes.

Just my .02 worth...Rip
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I love my 70-200L 2.8 IS and both the 1.4 and 2.0 extenders work well with it as they also do the the 300L 2.8 IS...
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