Have you had an opportunity to try any video with it yet? Looks very tempting.
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I think it's going too far to say that the 5D has "bad ergonomics". I find it immensely comfortable to use, with the only 'why did they do that' button placement being the playback zoom buttons. Yes, perhaps the 1Ds have better ergonomics - and I certainly prefer the integrated grip look rather than the 'bolt-on' type - but mostly it seems like you have particular preferences that are determined by the size of your hands or simply habit.
IQ is almost identical at 400mm. I basically use my 100-400L at 400mm like most. I kept the 100-400 mostly for the following reasons:
It is much shorter and stores in the same length as the 70-200L. You will not like trying to store the long 400mm f/5.6 L
IS comes in handy, don't underestimate it, I've used it at 1/20 sec handheld.
Close focus. When you want to actually fill the frame with a small bird or object, you can get close enough to do it, the 400 5.6L does not focus closely.
Ocassionally, the zoom comes in handy.
If it matters, resale value is a little better as well.
For your purpose, the 400mm f/5.6 L will be fine, but the other advantages of the 100-400L make it a lot more versatile and easy to use. Thats why you see it recommended so often.
135II would get better contrast. IS is a complication/weight that is not needed.Thats what I said until I tried and bought the 70-200 2.8 IS II. Now I can't live without the IS.
Canon's latest image stabilizing tech is truly remarkable.
Who doesn't want to be able to shoot 1/10 - 1/20 sec handheld at 200mm?
All lenses should come with IS, even wide angle ones.
I read the subject and I couldn't help but thinking of the Canon EF-1200mm at 70-degrees dropping the 50mm f/1.8's down the front and having them fly out as mortar bombs.
Sorry, got nothing for you on the slider, never use them at all.
So, I'm just curious what will be the future of APS-C?Last not least, marketing-wise aps-c is the drug that sets you on your way to buying expensive lenses and ff bodies with a hilarious price tag, so one more reason for Canon to keep it around.