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Old 16-04-2009, 17:29   #1 (permalink)
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I have been looking at getting a new lens. I do like to take pictures of wildlife, birds etc. I have been looking at the Canon EF 100-400 F4.5/5.6 and also the Canon EF 400mm F5.6l and the more i read about these lens more confused i get.
I do have/use a Sigma 28-300mm lens at the moment but it does come up a bit short when taking wildlife photos.
What do you suggest between these lens or is there another lens i should consider maybe ?

Any help would be very appreciated.


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Old 16-04-2009, 17:40   #2 (permalink)
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100-400 is flexible whilst the 400 is sharper (I've been using the 100-400 quite a bit recently for wildlife and have got a touch disappointed at the results but that's compared to my 300mm)
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I think with wildlife you need the flexibility of zooming in and out. So I would say the 100-400mm.
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100-400 is flexible whilst the 400 is sharper (I've been using the 100-400 quite a bit recently for wildlife and have got a touch disappointed at the results but that's compared to my 300mm)
Having owned two 1-4's and the 400mm and 300mm prime I would echo this 100%. if you go the zoom route check performance wide open at 400mm. It has a reputation for softness there as there is some copy variation. Of course you want a long lens like that to perform at 400mm because that is mainly where you'll use it. otherwise a nice lens especially stopped down.

The 400mm is sharper to a notable degree, even wide open. It also takes a tcon well. With a 1D body you keep AF and so it becomes a potent combo. Outstanding lens with super fast AF too.

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I think with wildlife you need the flexibility of zooming in and out. So I would say the 100-400mm.
Depends ... for most wildlife shooting you're looking for 400mm and up. On my last Africa trip I was using the 400mm with 1.4x tcon most of the time, tho' I did have a second body with a shorter lens. It got some use.

For me if the aspiration is best IQ and maybe a 2 body set up the I'd go 400mm as will carry the upgrades. The zoom is more limited. If flexibility is more important and/or if you want just the one body then I'd go Sigma 150-500mm OS. On balance I feel it is a better all round option: cheaper, much better OS/IS, 100mm extra for free and doubt anyone would really see a difference at f8.0 v's the Canon. Only downer is extra size and weight. I used to carry mine on a monopod over my shoulder, but has a good tripod mount/carry handle too. Very good lens.
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Once over I had two Canons, the 100mm f5.6 and the 100/400mm f4.5/5.6. I could never decide which one to take with me. The 100mm might have been sharper but I struggled to see the difference. Certainly the zoom was more flexible. When I had the prime lens on I missed many a close up shot of a brief opportunity. I also lost shots in poor light because the prime did not have image stabilization. Eventually I sold the prime lens and I have never missed it.
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Whilst I do not do a lot of wildlife photography, I do a lot of motorsports and bought a 100-400 is L and found this to be a very very good lens, I have not seen any noticeable "softness" at 400 mm and it's versatility is wonderfull, on the downside when bolted onto a 1dmk2 body it is a heavy lump to carry around with you. I do a fair bit of photojournalism stuff as well and it is great for that kind of work.

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A couple taken at Bempton with the 100-400 set at 400.
Another possibilty is a 300 2.8 and a couple of converters (if you've got the money) that would give you 300, 420 and 600.


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I bought the 100-400 L when the 20D came out, they came together. I then went out and bought a 50mm f1.4, have never been sorry. I do use my 100-400 L for wildlife and have a 2X on it that hasn't been off for about two years. Manual focus, but I think the pictures are just fine for what I do. People have wanted to buy some of my pictures but I'm to into my other job,,"working for a living" or now anyway.
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