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Which 400mm f/2.8
« on: March 06, 2013, 08:34:47 AM »
Hi everyone, I have been shooting sports with my 70-200mm f/2.8 (non-IS) for about 2 years and I'm very happy with the result I get. I shoot mostly triathlon, running, swimming and cycling. I usually have access to most part of the course so my 70-200 is perfect.

However, I sometime wish I have more reach when it comes down to open water swimming. I started looking at used 400mm f/2.8 but I found that there is 4 or 5 version of this lens. Can someone recommend me a good one to get, and what to look at when buying used lens like that. I have a budget around 3000$ and I want image quality to be at least as good as my 70-200mm at 2.8.

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Which 400mm f/2.8
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Re: Which 400mm f/2.8
« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2013, 08:56:09 AM »
There are 4 versions of the lens from Canon:

  • EF 400mm f/2.8L
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L II
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II

Of those, you won't find either of the IS versions for less than $3K (and if you see one posted for that sort of price, it's a scam).  You might find one of the older, non-IS versions.  But those are a significant risk - they use electronic manual focus (like the current 85L II), Canon no longer services the non-IS versions of the lens, and AFAIK parts are not available.  Therefore, if the AF fails, you have a club/doorstop/paperweight, since you will not even be able to manually focus the lens.

You might want to consider something like a Sigma 120-300/2.8 OS lens, or a Canon 400/5.6L.
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Re: Which 400mm f/2.8
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 12:38:37 PM »

Of those, you won't find either of the IS versions for less than $3K (and if you see one posted for that sort of price, it's a scam).  You might find one of the older, non-IS versions.  But those are a significant risk - they use electronic manual focus (like the current 85L II), Canon no longer services the non-IS versions of the lens, and AFAIK parts are not available.  Therefore, if the AF fails, you have a club/doorstop/paperweight, since you will not even be able to manually focus the lens.

You might want to consider something like a Sigma 120-300/2.8 OS lens, or a Canon 400/5.6L.
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You might find one in your price range, but its very unlikely to be working, they are worth that much for parts.

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Re: Which 400mm f/2.8
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2013, 12:38:37 PM »