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Old 18-07-2007, 13:16   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 100-400 question

im thinking of saving up for this lens but ive a question about the push-pull zoom.

ive read reviews and some people mention about the pushpull zoom method blowing more dust unto the sensor.....is it bad or is it just if the zoom is constantly being changed?

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Old 18-07-2007, 13:21   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

Tha amount of dust that gets onto my sensor is no better or worse than when using the 100-400. It is not an issue to me.
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Old 18-07-2007, 13:41   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

thats what i wanted to hear, woud you recommend the lens stephen?

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Old 18-07-2007, 13:55   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

Some reviews here for you Steve :- http://www.pixalo.com/reviews/showpr...oduct/80/cat/5
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

I've got one and I think it is an excellent lens. But it depends on what you use it for. If all your shots are at the 400 end maybe the 400 f5.6 might be a better choice. Like everything else its down to personal preference.
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Old 18-07-2007, 17:02   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

There are many happy users of this lens.

I have used this lens on several days out and personally couldn't get along with the push pull system, so much so that I decided against buying one for myself. The lens itself, the quality, size, weight, IS system etc were beyond question though, so if the zoom system is one you can use happily, then it comes highly recommended and there is very little out there that comes close.

What I am trying to say is, if possible try before you buy as it is a lot of money to spend on a lens that you might not be comfortable with.
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

I certainly don't have more dust issues with this than with any of my other lenses. I too found the push pull system annoying, until I'd used it for a couple of weeks. Now I quite like it, it's substantially quicker to zoom than my old 50-500mm that had the normal system and that's great when you're having to chage to the two extremes at short notice (I use it a lot when taking shots at sporting events 'cause you can really easily keep rezooming as an athlete runs towards you and get several cracks at it.)

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Re: Canon 100-400 question

To add to my first point - I love mine. It's everything Steve said and I took to the push/pull quickly. I too find it easier to focus with this and I use the full range.
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

Will you be shooting sport ? i would go for a 300F4 + 1.4x if it gets dull you still have 300F4 or save a bit more and get a second hand 300F2.8 like mine
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

I have been using the 100/400 for a couple of years now and I have never had a dust problem. At first I was dubious about the zoom but now I actually prefer it. When photographing birds in flight it is easier to locate the bird at 100mm and then quickly zoom to 400 mm. The white tailed eagle pictured below was taken with this zoom lens. I also purchased the 100 mm f5.6 prime lens and it quickly fell into disuse for two reasons: 1. I was missing shots at close range because the closest focusing distance is 11 feet which is not so good for butterflies, dragonflies and the like. The absense of IS meant that my hand held shots were not really any sharper. There is a small difference when the lens is used on a tripod.
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Will you be shooting sport ? i would go for a 300F4 + 1.4x if it gets dull you still have 300F4 or save a bit more and get a second hand 300F2.8 like mine
just what i use i recommend this

but all depends on what you will be shooting most of...
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

i would hopefully have been shooting sport (rallying and cricket) and aircraft aswell as any other moving things!!

i had thought of the 300mm f4L but im not sure i can justify having it aswell as the 70-200 f4L. if i had the 100-400 range i wouldnt need the 70-200mm. there is the 28-300mm f3/5 which would be nice but its a tad more expensive.

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Re: Canon 100-400 question

Hi Steve, I can only agree with the comments about the 100-400L IS above, I absolutely love mine!.

If you don't think you'll need/want the IS then a lens I'd recommend would be the Sigma 100-300 f/4, add a 1.4x converter and it'll give you all the range you want with great quality to boot, it's a big beast though!. (The "1st watch" pic in my gallery was taken with it)

If however you do think you'd want the IS (I like to shoot handheld so couldn't do without it) then the 100-400L is pretty much the best way to go if you want the extra focal range all in one lens.

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Re: Canon 100-400 question

I had the 70-200mm and planned to keep it and the 100-400mm. Recently sold on Ebay (for 50.00 less than I paid for it 3 years ago).

The 70-200 is slightly longer and slightly heavier, it's a great lens but the flexibility of the 100-400 means I never took the 70-200 out.

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Does this help ? http://www.pixalo.com/community/ebay...tml#post142911
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i would hopefully have been shooting sport (rallying and cricket) and aircraft aswell as any other moving things!!

i had thought of the 300mm f4L but im not sure i can justify having it aswell as the 70-200 f4L. if i had the 100-400 range i wouldnt need the 70-200mm. there is the 28-300mm f3/5 which would be nice but its a tad more expensive.

thanks for all the replies!

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I tried my friends 100-400 for motorbikes BSB test day at Cadwell (other thread) binned every shot that i took with the 100-400 with it being dull and raining it could not focus fast enough
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I tried my friends 100-400 for motorbikes BSB test day at Cadwell (other thread) binned every shot that i took with the 100-400 with it being dull and raining it could not focus fast enough
It would be nice to have the luxury of the appropriate prime for every situation but most people often have to buy a lens to cover a range and a variety of shoots. If that is the case for Steve then the 100-400 is a good choice.
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It would be nice to have the luxury of the appropriate prime for every situation but most people often have to buy a lens to cover a range and a variety of shoots. If that is the case for Steve then the 100-400 is a good choice.
In that case i would go with one of the other recommendations if a zoom is needed Sigma 100-300 seen some fantastic shots with this lens, but with a zoom only the 1.4x gets good results and 400mm is not quite long enough for cricket
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

would you recommend the sigma 100-300 over the 28-300 canon f3.5.....? i honestly havent read any reviews on either as yet but it is an option i will have to look at.

im not really worried about the cricket shots to be honest. im only really taking them for myself although there was a website looking for them and that was well cropped down with the 200mm.

for cars the focus speed is essential though.
how come the 100-400 is slow? it has USM?

Sonsey i may drop in sometime nearer when i intend to buy one, only researching at the moment, thanks anyways, i let you know so you can cook up a big fry!
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Re: Canon 100-400 question

Can't say I had any problems with focus speed at a wet Donnington last month for the MotoGP, maybe it wasn't quite as dark.

Biggest problem I had was still being too far away, got some nice shots with the 100-400 and 1.4X though. I did need to use manual focus when the 1.4x was attached.

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would you recommend the sigma 100-300 over the 28-300 canon f3.5.....? i honestly havent read any reviews on either as yet but it is an option i will have to look at.

im not really worried about the cricket shots to be honest. im only really taking them for myself although there was a website looking for them and that was well cropped down with the 200mm.

for cars the focus speed is essential though.
how come the 100-400 is slow? it has USM?

Sonsey i may drop in sometime nearer when i intend to buy one, only researching at the moment, thanks anyways, i let you know so you can cook up a big fry!

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Sonsey i may drop in sometime nearer when i intend to buy one, only researching at the moment, thanks anyways
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