Canon 400mm f/5.6L: First Impressions

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Annika1980, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Annika1980

    Annika1980 Guest

    I just got this lens yesterday (on EBAY) and already I'm impressed!
    Man, this sucker really is sharp!
    I was convinced to get one after reading Michael Reichman's glowing review
    here:
    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/lenses/forgotten-400.shtml

    Then, last week when I saw that Bald Eagle, well, that was the final straw.
    I knew I had to have it!

    I've only taken a few pics with it so far. Here's one of the full moon:
    http://www.pbase.com/image/24010126/original

    And here's a follow-up to my comparsion I did the other day between the Super
    70-200 f/2.8L and the Phoenix 500mm mirror (which is on it's way to some sucker
    up North right now):
    http://www.pbase.com/image/24011031/original

    As you can tell from that full-sized image of the car parked across the street,
    this is one sharp lens, baby!

    Now the bad news......

    Up until yesterday, I have always been happy with the performance of my 2x
    TeleConverter which I use on the Super 70-200 f/2.8L. This lens is considered
    one of the sharpest zooms you can buy and I've taken 1000's of nice pics with
    it, a few hundred of which you might have seen.
    I did some testing of the 2x TC early-on with the incredible 28-135 IS, which
    also has a good reputation. I couldn't tell a noticeable difference in
    sharpness between the lens used without the TC and with it. I now feel that
    those two lenses might not have been the best for testing the TC's
    effectiveness. They simply aren't sharp enough.

    I'll be doing further testing with the 2x and the 400 f/5.6L when the guy
    across the street gets back home with his car. Meanwhile, I'm in a quandary
    about just what to do with the Super 70-200 f/2.8L. Most of my wildlife and
    nature shots are taken at full zoom with the 2x so it won't be needed for that
    now. The large aperture is helpful when shooting night sports like football or
    basketball, although the lens is a bit too short for football.
    Perhaps I'll put it up for sale on EBAY. It should bring a nice price since it
    is probably the most famous zoom in the world, dontcha think?
     
    Annika1980, Dec 9, 2003
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  2. Annika1980

    BG250 Guest

    I'd keep the Super 70-200/2.8L It is fast, sharp and has a good zoom range.
    The 400mm can be too long in some situations especially since it gives a
    angle of view equivalent to a 640mm on the D60. I've sold more than one lens
    that I have regretted doing so.
    bg
     
    BG250, Dec 9, 2003
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  3. Annika1980

    Dallas Guest

    Annika1980 said:
    You're seriously considering selling that zoom with its speed in favour of
    a slow thing like the 400mm f/5.6???

    I wish I had never sold mine. I really regret doing that. It was a very
    good lens I gave up in favour of the 100-400mm IS, which to be honest, is
    not in the same league.
     
    Dallas, Dec 9, 2003
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  4. Bret, see my comment posted under your original moon picture...

    This pic looks good...

    Denny
     
    Dennis O'Connor, Dec 9, 2003
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  5. Annika1980

    Matt Clara Guest

    I almost went over to Canon for the 400mm f/5.6L. Even new it's only a
    grand. The cheapest Nikon 400mm at B and H? $5,889, and that's for manual
    focus AI-S f2.8.

    Also, you're crazy if you sell a lens as sublime and versatile as the 70-200
    f2.8
     
    Matt Clara, Dec 9, 2003
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    Simon Lee Guest

    Annika1980 choreographed a chorus line of high-kicking electrons to
    spell out:
    Keep both of them... the 400 isn't going to help you when you need a
    2.8 aperture and is more specialized than the zoom.
     
    Simon Lee, Dec 10, 2003
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  7. Annika1980

    Bowser Guest

    Have you named the baby yet? The "Totally Forgotten 400?"

    Forget the birds, get to work on the down-blouse shots. Report back as soon
    as possible.
     
    Bowser, Dec 10, 2003
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