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Old 06-05-2008, 10:10   #1 (permalink)
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Canon 300mm f4 +1.4 extender V 100-400 zoom

So having spent the past two weekends playing with a hired 300mm f2.8 & extenders , I'm wondering how my 300 f4 & 1.4 extender would compare against the 100-400 zoom at 400mm?

The 300 is great wide open @ f4 but will become 420mm f5.6 with an extender, the same as the zoom. Has anyone compared the two options together?

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Old 06-05-2008, 10:31   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Canon 300mm f4 +1.4 extender V 100-400 zoom

I haven't used the 300mm but if you post your best pic with that and I'll post my best pic with my 100-400
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Re: Canon 300mm f4 +1.4 extender V 100-400 zoom

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I haven't used the 300mm but if you post your best pic with that and I'll post my best pic with my 100-400
Hmm I'll actually have to go and do some shots with my 300mm. I can however do you one with the 300 f2.8

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Re: Canon 300mm f4 +1.4 extender V 100-400 zoom

I don't have much to choose from, at work, but here's one you would not expect from a 100-400. Taken at 400mm

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So having spent the past two weekends playing with a hired 300mm f2.8 & extenders , I'm wondering how my 300 f4 & 1.4 extender would compare against the 100-400 zoom at 400mm?

The 300 is great wide open @ f4 but will become 420mm f5.6 with an extender, the same as the zoom. Has anyone compared the two options together?
I have taken loads with the 300mm f4 IS with/without 1.4x and the 100-400mm with/without the 1.4x. Have to say I prefer the 300mm but that's probably as I enjoy being challenged when considering a composition rather than any specific quality issues/comparisons
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I don't have much to choose from, at work, but here's one you would not expect from a 100-400. Taken at 400mm
Is that ful frame or cropped ?
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Is that ful frame or cropped ?
Full size image, no crop.
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I have taken loads with the 300mm f4 IS with/without 1.4x and the 100-400mm with/without the 1.4x. Have to say I prefer the 300mm but that's probably as I enjoy being challenged when considering a composition rather than any specific quality issues/comparisons
So would you say the IQ was comparable?

The pump action of the 100-400 puts me off a bit and I do like to also consider ergonomics etc when looking at lenses. I guess I'll have to try my 300 with the extender and see how I get on.
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Re: Canon 300mm f4 +1.4 extender V 100-400 zoom

I love the push-pull on the 100-400 - makes it possible to manually focus and adjust zoom (which is the way I like to do it - other zooms I tend to set the zoom and then manually focus )

I think I've got better pics with the 300mm but whether that's IQ or not, I don't know - my limiting factor is always me, not the lens (they both outperform me so I'm happy!)
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Just buy the 300mm f2.8 - you know you want to

It is only money and what else would you do with it . Pay the mortage and buy food
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