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Title: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on December 27, 2011, 12:13:04 PM
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The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/tags/canonef400mmf28lisiiusm/) was scheduled to ship in December 2010 @ $11,000 (AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8G ED VR Autofocus Lens $8,899.95)

But it was delayed to September 2011 and the price was increased to $11,500

http://www.flickr.com/groups/ef_400mm_f28l_is_ii_usm/
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on December 28, 2011, 07:15:26 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: willrobb on December 28, 2011, 07:39:55 AM
More great shots. I always wish I had a 400mm f2.8LIS for shooting fashion week, my 70-200mm f2.8L does OK, but with a lens like this.....would be heaven.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: briansquibb on December 28, 2011, 09:52:45 AM
The old 400 f/2.8 was excellent - I would love to see a comparison between the two versions
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on December 28, 2011, 10:46:42 AM
More great shots. I always wish I had a 400mm f2.8LIS for shooting fashion week, my 70-200mm f2.8L does OK, but with a lens like this.....would be heaven.
Thanks! How would you use the 400 during fashion week? I would assume you could shoot with the 70-200 just fine. Are you shooting the shoes and other accessories? Not being sarcastic as I ask someone who does NYC Fashion Week often how he would use it.

The old 400 f/2.8 was excellent - I would love to see a comparison between the two versions
From what I have read and seen online the optical difference between the version 1 and 2 are very slight. It widens when comparing the two with extenders version 2 and 3 attached.

The main draw for the version 2 is the weight reduction (3850g) followed by the modern internals and new features that supplement HDSLR users. I had the good fortune of Canon loaning me the lens during a local pro league finals and was the first time I have shot with any 400/2.8 for more than 5 minutes. I am thankful they did not loan me the lens for the LA Galaxy game as I would not have been as effective with unfamiliar gear.

All the shots posted so far used a 5D2 as almost every pro and user review out there used a 1-Series body. And I wanted to simulate how an image from a 1DX may look like in terms of framing, bokeh and depth of field.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on December 30, 2011, 06:14:09 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on January 02, 2012, 01:29:47 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on January 06, 2012, 04:58:07 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on January 08, 2012, 02:17:15 PM
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Global vs Kaya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6492482309/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

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Global vs Kaya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6660866597/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

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Global vs Kaya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6660865621/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

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Global vs Kaya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6660864665/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on January 09, 2012, 04:21:56 AM
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Global vs Kaya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6491005535/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

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Global vs Kaya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6629902421/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

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Global vs Kaya (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6491494549/) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on January 22, 2012, 12:25:54 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on February 14, 2012, 06:16:27 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on February 25, 2012, 06:21:59 AM
Best lens I have ever used, period.

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Cebu White vs Philippine Aguila (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6781957880/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 01, 2012, 09:43:08 PM
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1st Asian Flag Football Championship: Team Singapore vs The Guardians of Cebu Flag Football League (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6929669445/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 11, 2012, 12:23:47 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: GND on March 11, 2012, 02:20:39 PM
The old 400 f/2.8 was excellent - I would love to see a comparison between the two versions

We do have a comparison, here 
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-400mm-f-2.8-L-IS-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx
 (http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-400mm-f-2.8-L-IS-II-USM-Lens-Review.aspx) as compared to here http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-400mm-f-2.8-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx (http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-400mm-f-2.8-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx)

Even though not side-by-side pics it covers it. The real deal for me is to see a sharp price drop of the Mk.I as investing $11k on the Mk.II you have to be an agency of sorts. I had the FD model sometime ago, joy to use but such a bulk to handle...
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 11, 2012, 08:43:09 PM
Thanks for the links.  I've read these reviews before.  I was curious to have additional input from folks (e.g., birders, sports photographers) that have used both.
I have the Series 2 400mm and I have used it for the following application

- moon
- flag football
- associate football
- polo
- birds

Never owned the Series 1 400mm because of the weight.

A friend with the Series 1 300mm and 400mm that are less than a year old wants to trade them both up form my 400mm.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 12, 2012, 07:56:35 AM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 12, 2012, 10:12:07 AM
A friend with the Series 1 300mm and 400mm that are less than a year old wants to trade them both up form my 400mm.
This pretty much sums it up, I suppose.  I am looking forward to trying the new 400mm out.  Thanks for the info.

Any time. :) Canon lent me the 400mm for evaluation and I placed an order. The two month wait was well worth it. it is the best lens I have ever used.

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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 18, 2012, 12:01:10 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 23, 2012, 01:31:29 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 28, 2012, 05:54:01 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on March 29, 2012, 01:25:29 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on April 07, 2012, 07:55:48 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on September 18, 2012, 06:16:34 AM
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Streaked Fantail Warbler (Cisticola juncidis) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/7999064167/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Zitting Cisticola or Streaked Fantail Warbler (Cisticola juncidis), is widely distributed Old World warbler whose breeding range includes southern Europe, Africa outside the deserts and rainforest, and southern Asia down to northern Australia. A small bird found mainly in grasslands, it is best identified by its rufous rump, lacks any gold on the collar and the brownish tail is tipped with white. During the breeding season, males have a zigzagging flight display accompanied by regular "zitting" calls that has been likened to repeated snips of a scissor. They build their pouch nest suspended within a clump of grass.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zitting_Cisticola (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zitting_Cisticola)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on October 06, 2012, 10:57:12 PM
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Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8001668640/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

It resembles a longer-legged and more delicate Green (T. ochropus) or Solitary Sandpiper (T. solitaria) with a short fine bill, brown back and longer yellowish legs. It differs from the first of those species in a smaller and less contrasting white rump patch, while the Solitary Sandpiper nas no white rump patch at all.[1]

However, it is not very closely related to these two species. Rather, its closest relative is the Common Redshank (T. totanus), and these two share a sister relationship with the Marsh Sandpiper (T. stagnatilis). These three species are a group of smallish shanks with red or yellowish legs, a breeding plumage that is generally subdued light brown above with some darker mottling and with a pattern of somewhat diffuse small brownish spots on the breast and neck.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Sandpiper (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wood_Sandpiper)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on October 27, 2012, 12:12:20 PM
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Hill Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/7984731295/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Pacific Swallow or Hill Swallow (Hirundo tahitica) is a small passerine bird in the swallow family. It breeds in tropical southern Asia from southern India and Sri Lanka across to south east Asia and the islands of the south Pacific. It is resident apart from some local seasonal movements. This bird is associated with coasts, but is increasingly spreading to forested uplands.

This species is a small swallow at 13 cm. It has a blue back with browner wings and tail, a red face and throat, and dusky underparts. It differs from Barn Swallow and the closely related Welcome Swallow in its shorter and less forked tail.

The Pacific Swallow builds a neat cup-shaped nest, constructed with mud pellets collected in the beak, under a cliff ledge or on a man-made structures such as a building, bridge or tunnel. The nest is lined with softer material, and the clutch is two to three eggs, up to four in Sri Lanka. It is similar in behaviour to other aerial insectivores, such as other swallows and the unrelated swifts. It is a fast flyer and feeds on insects, especially flies, while airborne.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Swallow (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Swallow)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on February 24, 2013, 05:15:34 AM
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From my Window (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/8502207031/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

Settings: 1/1000 ƒ/3.2 ISO160 400mm
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: bjd on February 24, 2013, 07:09:44 AM
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Fabulous.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on February 27, 2013, 12:12:13 PM
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Fabulous.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on April 20, 2013, 07:00:47 PM
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Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on October 28, 2013, 06:08:51 AM
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Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/10532692696/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on December 08, 2013, 04:25:51 PM
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Indigo-banded Kingfisher (Alcedo cyanopectus) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11254834526/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

Settings: 1/125 ƒ/5.6 ISO 1250 800mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11254834526/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Click on December 08, 2013, 04:56:08 PM
Beautiful colored birds. Awesome, great shots.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: scottkinfw on December 09, 2013, 01:15:18 AM
Fashion week?
Must be one looooong runway?

Scott

More great shots. I always wish I had a 400mm f2.8LIS for shooting fashion week, my 70-200mm f2.8L does OK, but with a lens like this.....would be heaven.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: scottkinfw on December 09, 2013, 01:18:21 AM
Awesome everything in this pic!

Scott.

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Regret (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/6992840953/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on December 09, 2013, 12:37:18 PM
Thanks Click and Scott.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/11292590275_8fdc484d62_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/)
Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark)

Settings: 1/40 ƒ/4 ISO 640 560mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/#meta/)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Eldar on December 09, 2013, 01:36:15 PM
Thanks Click and Scott.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/11292590275_8fdc484d62_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/)
Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark)

Settings: 1/40 ƒ/4 ISO 640 560mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/#meta/)
I am repeating myself, but your bird images are very well composed. I really enjoy them!
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on December 22, 2013, 12:03:15 AM
1st shot from my 400mm f2.8 IS II
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Eldar on December 22, 2013, 03:16:20 AM
1st shot from my 400mm f2.8 IS II
Congratulations with the new lens Dylan. It´s a big chunk of high quality glass :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on December 22, 2013, 10:10:18 AM
1st shot from my 400mm f2.8 IS II
Congratulations with the new lens Dylan. It´s a big chunk of high quality glass :)

Thanks Eldar,

Will lose some weights for sure if I keep shooting with this lens ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on January 01, 2014, 12:56:36 PM
Little guy
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on January 01, 2014, 12:59:36 PM
ducky in the lake
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 01, 2014, 04:18:14 AM
5D III
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 01, 2014, 10:43:28 PM
5D III

Very nice Menace.

Should say CONGRATS?  ;)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 02, 2014, 05:50:00 AM
5D III

Very nice Menace.

Should say CONGRATS?  ;)

 ;D
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 06, 2014, 02:50:54 AM
1/2500 ISO 1250 f2.8
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 06, 2014, 04:07:22 AM
Boat Race
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 06, 2014, 10:13:09 AM
1/2500 ISO 1250 f2.8

Awesome shots Menace ;)

Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 06, 2014, 03:40:38 PM
Thanks Dylan777.  It was fun  :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 13, 2014, 01:46:31 AM
5D III
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 13, 2014, 01:51:59 AM
5DIII. 1/1250, f 2.8, ISO6400. Jpeg - cropped only
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 13, 2014, 10:40:05 AM
5D III

I wish I have more times with this lens. My x1.4 TC III should arrive this week. Will share some pics.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 13, 2014, 04:26:29 PM
5D III

I wish I have more times with this lens. My x1.4 TC III should arrive this week. Will share some pics.

Look forward to it - enjoy
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 17, 2014, 06:40:45 PM
5D III

I wish I have more times with this lens. My x1.4 TC III should arrive this week. Will share some pics.

Look forward to it - enjoy

Here is my 1st shot with 400mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4tc III @ f4 - JPEG, straight out from camera, no PP, only resize to post here.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 17, 2014, 07:14:04 PM
5D III

I wish I have more times with this lens. My x1.4 TC III should arrive this week. Will share some pics.

Look forward to it - enjoy

Here is my 1st shot with 400mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4tc III @ f4 - JPEG, straight out from camera, no PP, only resize to post here

Another one  with 400mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4tc III @ f4 - JPEG, straight out from camera, no PP, only resize to post here
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 17, 2014, 07:26:23 PM
5D III

I wish I have more times with this lens. My x1.4 TC III should arrive this week. Will share some pics.

Look forward to it - enjoy

Here is my 1st shot with 400mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4tc III @ f4 - JPEG, straight out from camera, no PP, only resize to post here

Another one  with 400mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4tc III @ f4 - JPEG, straight out from camera, no PP, only resize to post here

Same combo with 400mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4tc III @ f4 - JPEG, straight out from camera, no PP, only resize to post here
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 17, 2014, 07:30:32 PM
400mm @ f2.8 without TC - shot a day before
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 17, 2014, 07:55:38 PM
400mm + 1.4x TC III @ f4 - no PP, jpeg SOOC, dark background, only resize to post here
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 17, 2014, 07:58:01 PM

400mm + 1.4x TC III @ f4 - no PP, jpeg SOOC, only resize to post here
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: lion rock on February 17, 2014, 08:55:03 PM
Dylan777,
Super nice.  My fav is the first of your set.  Real nice!
-r
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: candc on February 17, 2014, 09:30:18 PM
Thanks Click and Scott.

(http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3797/11292590275_8fdc484d62_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/)
Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/#) by alabang (http://www.flickr.com/people/alabang/), on Flickr

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher)

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark)

Settings: 1/40 ƒ/4 ISO 640 560mm (http://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/11292590275/#meta/)

I have seen your shots on the forums here and they are always really good but these ones of the kingfishers are just the best. It's clear you know what you are doing but what I really like is that i can see that you love shooting them.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on February 17, 2014, 09:34:36 PM
Dylan777,
Super nice.  My fav is the first of your set.  Real nice!
-r

Thanks Lion Rock. Those are just snap test shots at my front yard.

I will put this combo to real test this weekend - BIF etc...
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 18, 2014, 01:41:24 AM
5D III

I wish I have more times with this lens. My x1.4 TC III should arrive this week. Will share some pics.

Look forward to it - enjoy

Here is my 1st shot with 400mm f2.8 IS II + x1.4tc III @ f4 - JPEG, straight out from camera, no PP, only resize to post here.
Love it - worth the wait :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 20, 2014, 02:56:21 AM
Shared in 'birds' thread too
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on February 26, 2014, 04:46:35 AM
5D III
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on April 14, 2014, 01:43:36 PM
Very nice of you to say that candc.

(https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5229/13840418973_31958a2bc1_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/n62Lnk)
2014 Alabang Country Club Chairman's Polo Cup (https://flic.kr/p/n62Lnk) by 500px.com/dolina (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on April 17, 2014, 12:05:45 PM
Something taken last month. I only found the time to edit it.

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7239/13912697914_d28fcdd74a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/ncqdnY)
Feb 2, 2014 (https://flic.kr/p/ncqdnY) by 500px.com/dolina (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

ƒ/7.1
400.0 mm
1/80
100
Off, did not fire
Shutter speed priority AE
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on April 18, 2014, 05:56:20 AM
(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3807/13897889341_64c2dc5957_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/nb7jiK)
2014 Alabang Country Club Chairman's Cup (https://flic.kr/p/nb7jiK) by 500px.com/dolina (https://www.flickr.com/people/91429492@N00/), on Flickr

    ƒ/2.8
    400.0 mm
    1/640
    320
    Off, did not fire
    Aperture-priority AE
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on June 11, 2014, 04:33:03 AM
Teeth!

1/1000, ISO 640, f2.8
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: K-amps on June 11, 2014, 08:10:11 AM
5D III

Sublime.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on June 11, 2014, 06:08:55 PM
5D III

Sublime.

Thanks K-amps.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Click on June 11, 2014, 07:37:34 PM
Teeth!

1/1000, ISO 640, f2.8

Great shot Menace.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on June 11, 2014, 08:01:43 PM
Teeth!

1/1000, ISO 640, f2.8

Great shot Menace.

Thanks Click :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on June 11, 2014, 08:12:10 PM
Teeth!

1/1000, ISO 640, f2.8

Great shot Menace.

Thanks Click :)

Awesome shot Menace. That 200-400 might become handly.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on June 11, 2014, 08:27:52 PM
Teeth!

1/1000, ISO 640, f2.8

Great shot Menace.

Thanks Click :)

Awesome shot Menace. That 200-400 might become handly.

Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on June 11, 2014, 09:12:13 PM
Teeth!

1/1000, ISO 640, f2.8

Great shot Menace.

Thanks Click :)

Awesome shot Menace. That 200-400 might become handly.

Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.

Be strong my friend... :)
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: eml58 on June 11, 2014, 09:33:25 PM
Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.

The 600f/4 II + 1.4X III will give you marginally better IQ @ 840 & f/5.6 when compared to the current V1 800f/5.6, and the 600 is a deal lighter & easier to pack as well.

That may be the reason Canon are dragging the chain on a VII 800f/5.6 when you see that Nikon have had their new VR 800f/5.6 (with 1.2x Converter included) on the Market for some time now.

But you did well to restrain yourself on the 200-400f/4, there are very few situations where I miss my 400f/2.8 II, but then I have the 300f/2.8 II as a filler for low light, without that ?? Maybe tears.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Eldar on June 11, 2014, 11:37:59 PM

Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.

Be strong my friend... :)
Wrong advice Dylan ... The right advice (for the 200-400) is cave in and GO FOR IT!!  :P

I sometimes miss my 400/2.8 II for low light (as Edward pointed out), but it is very rare. I have been close to buying the 300/2.8 II, but the low light performance of the 1DX, combined with the flexibility of the 200-400, has kept me off so far. Up here in the North we have good light from 2:30 to 23:30, so the situation is a bit different than if I had spent my time further south.

Of all the lenses I have bought over the years, the 200-400 may be top of my list. If you can live with the size and weight, you´ll love its performance.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Menace on June 11, 2014, 11:59:10 PM
Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.

The 600f/4 II + 1.4X III will give you marginally better IQ @ 840 & f/5.6 when compared to the current V1 800f/5.6, and the 600 is a deal lighter & easier to pack as well.

That may be the reason Canon are dragging the chain on a VII 800f/5.6 when you see that Nikon have had their new VR 800f/5.6 (with 1.2x Converter included) on the Market for some time now.

But you did well to restrain yourself on the 200-400f/4, there are very few situations where I miss my 400f/2.8 II, but then I have the 300f/2.8 II as a filler for low light, without that ?? Maybe tears.

Thank you guys.

This was my reasoning for refraining from both the 200-400 and the 800 5.6:

I shoot with two bodies: 400+1Dx and 70-200 2.8 on 5D3.  It's f2.8 all the through and suits my shooting style so 200-400 is redundant.

 800 5.6 is simply old and NOT a Version II big white.

I'm more interested in the roumored 7D II esp with my 400 2.8  ;D

Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: dolina on June 22, 2015, 05:51:53 PM



(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/347/18877914728_75207164ae_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uLbfmq)
Mangrove blue flycatcher (Cyornis rufigastra) (https://flic.kr/p/uLbfmq) by alabang (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/), on Flickr

The mangrove blue flycatcher (Cyornis rufigastra) is a species of bird in the Muscicapidae family. It is found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical mangrove forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangrove_blue_flycatcher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

EXIF: 1/30 f/4.0 560mm ISO 640 (https://www.flickr.com/photos/alabang/18877914728/meta)

Best viewed at https://500px.com/photo/112821213/the-mangrove-blue-flycatcher-cyornis-rufigastra-by-paolo-dolina?from=user_library
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Stewart K on November 04, 2015, 06:32:42 AM
If you were about to splurge the money required for one of the big whites, and you shoot wildlife; but also some motorsports, would you consider the 400 f2.8 II (plus both versions of the mark III teleconvertors) a better option than the 600 f4 II?
I’m just curious to hear everyone’s thoughts on this as the financial outlay is pretty huge, and as a hobbyist I may only get one shot of spending this kind of money.
Will the 400’s performance be reduced to the point of frustration when using it with the 2x convertor compared to the 600 with the 1.4, or is using a convertor on any of these lenses frustrating?
I would like to be able to catch birds in flight and the like over great distance; as I consistently find that I’m at 400mm with my 100-400 and I’ve noticed that it’s a little erratic with the 1.4xTC on my 5D3 and even more so on my 70D.
I’m extremely grateful for any tips or advice from owners of either of these two great whites.
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Dylan777 on November 04, 2015, 09:15:13 AM
If you were about to splurge the money required for one of the big whites, and you shoot wildlife; but also some motorsports, would you consider the 400 f2.8 II (plus both versions of the mark III teleconvertors) a better option than the 600 f4 II?
I’m just curious to hear everyone’s thoughts on this as the financial outlay is pretty huge, and as a hobbyist I may only get one shot of spending this kind of money.
Will the 400’s performance be reduced to the point of frustration when using it with the 2x convertor compared to the 600 with the 1.4, or is using a convertor on any of these lenses frustrating?
I would like to be able to catch birds in flight and the like over great distance; as I consistently find that I’m at 400mm with my 100-400 and I’ve noticed that it’s a little erratic with the 1.4xTC on my 5D3 and even more so on my 70D.
I’m extremely grateful for any tips or advice from owners of either of these two great whites.

I don't think we can go wrong with 400mm f2.8 IS II + latest 1.4x and x2 convertor. At the same time, the 600mm is also great. It works well with 1.4x, but not so much with x2 TC.

Here are some photos taken with 400mm f2.8 IS II + 2x TC III: https://dylannguyen.smugmug.com/Sports/Surfing/

Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: Stewart K on November 05, 2015, 06:54:33 AM
Thanks Dylan I appreciate your reply.

The 400 f2.8 seems to be a more versatile option as it can be used bare, or with the 1.4 and 2xTC’s
So all this from the same lens;
400 @ f2.8
560 @ f4.5
800 @ f5.6
Only thing is that I’m always looking for more telephoto properties to help fill the frame, and already have the 100-400, so straight away I’ll be using it with my 1.4xIII, then I’ll also need to buy the 2xIII; but on the same hand I will have a seriously powerful lens for my track activities………this ain’t gonna be an easy decision!!!
If anyone wants to share their findings/feelings with using the 400 f2.8 with a 2xTCIII then please feel free to jump in! I’m feeling the pressure of this decision :o
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: tomscott on November 05, 2015, 09:11:11 AM
Thanks Dylan I appreciate your reply.

The 400 f2.8 seems to be a more versatile option as it can be used bare, or with the 1.4 and 2xTC’s
So all this from the same lens;
400 @ f2.8
560 @ f4.5
800 @ f5.6
Only thing is that I’m always looking for more telephoto properties to help fill the frame, and already have the 100-400, so straight away I’ll be using it with my 1.4xIII, then I’ll also need to buy the 2xIII; but on the same hand I will have a seriously powerful lens for my track activities………this ain’t gonna be an easy decision!!!
If anyone wants to share their findings/feelings with using the 400 f2.8 with a 2xTCIII then please feel free to jump in! I’m feeling the pressure of this decision :o

Im in the same boat really.

If your instantly looking at the lens to use it with a tele and its not long enough your looking at the wrong lens. Teleconverters are extremely useful but if you find 400mm on the 100-400 short it will be short with the 400F2.8, the 500 or 600 might be more useful for you, you can still put a 1.4 and get a F5.6 lens.

Both teles will work very well on the 400 with good technique with not a huge amount of slow down certainly more than manageable. Have you tried the 1.4 on the 100-400mm to see the extra reach? I use it on my 100-400mm when I need to and it still focuses quickly. Only downside is subject isolation but at 560mm DOF its still good but obviously noting like F4 would be.

For me the 400DO MKII looks more attractive because of weight and size makes it more useable in more situations imo. but the 200-400mm is even more versatile but again weight. 500 is great too but then I think will 100mm make the difference? Probably not.

I will use mine for motorsport and wildlife, so F4 will be fine for motorsport and ok for wildlife can never have enough DOF with wildlife but again usually poor light. The other combo I've been looking at is the 300mm F2.8 because of its size and cost then maybe adding something else later. But it will be used with teles all the time probably which puts me off.

For the time being the 100-400mm is proving the best bang for buck and its IQ is really very impressive 80% of the 200-400mm half the weight and size and again 1/3rd the price. 1.4 in a pinch, used on a 7DMKII because again its performance has really impressed me. 
Title: Re: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Post by: hendrik-sg on November 05, 2015, 10:10:56 AM
about the 100-400 (Version 2 i guess?): If 400 is to short, then maybe get a 7dii first, it will give you 640 aequiv with full AF capability.  This gives great results. Add the 1.4iii in between gives 900mm but not great AF and significantly reduced IQ. If light is critical (that you have to push up ISO on top), then in my opinion the bare lens is better with cropping in post.

i could try a 500 f4 ii in a shop with the 7dii and i tried both converters as well. the bare lens was amazing, and with the 1.4 i saw no significant reduction at 1120mm aequivalent. With the 2x (and 1600 äquiv) i am not absolutely sure, but it seemed it was similar like the 100-400 1.4x Combo.

i have no expierience with the 400 2.8 ii but i would expect it to take the 2x better than the 500ii



if you need so long focal lenght i would not recommend the Version i superteles, because the image stabilizer is so much better on the new ones. Before the 100-400ii i had a 300 2.8 is (vers 1) and with the zoom i got better results, just because the image stabilisation is so much better, but this depends on the shooting conditions