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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:43:23 PM »
Finally, mine arrived tonight.  4 days for next day shipping!
 
Its after dark, and my camera is out in the studio, so I'll just start with some unboxing photos.  This is by far the best packaged of the under $3,000 lenses I've seen.  Adorama packed it well too, as usual.  These are just snapshots with my G1X II, no flash or special lights.  I took a photo of the extended lens to show what it looks like at 400mm.
 
 

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« on: December 16, 2014, 09:43:23 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2014, 09:53:03 PM »
nice looks well balanced. is it front heavy?
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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2014, 10:08:59 PM »
nice looks well balanced. is it front heavy?

The lens itself seems well balanced, once its on a camera, it will need one hand under the lens to balance it.  As far as being heavy, its really a question as to what you are used to.  There is a lot of glass in the lens and it is heavy.  The Big Whites, of course, are in a weight class by themselves.
 
Those with a digital Rebel and a 55-250mm lens will find it astoundingly heavy.  Those who use a 70-200mm f/2.8 or the Mark I version will not see much difference.

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2014, 10:21:38 PM »
Congratulations! I hope it's a great lens. I think everyone here is looking forward to hearing your opinion of it and seeing photos. Enjoy!

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2014, 10:22:55 PM »
Very nice Mr. Mt. Spokane!,
I have been hoping for some first pics of this. Enjoy it!

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2014, 10:59:28 PM »
Thanks for sharing your OOBE! I've read others who have also commented on how well the lens is packaged.

Enjoy, and please share some sample images when you get a chance. It's not like anybody's very busy at this time of year ...   ;D
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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2014, 11:01:32 PM »
Congratulations! Just don't forget to publish some pictures taken with this lens
Body: Canon 5DIII. Primes: 100mm f2.8L IS, 15mm f2.8 & 50mm f1.8 STM, Tamron 85mm f1.8. Zoom: 16-35mm f4L IS, 24-70mm f2.8L II, 70-200mm f2.8L IS II + EF 1.4x III TC & 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II.
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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2014, 11:26:33 PM »
If walking around hanging off your neck do you think the lens will creep?

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« Reply #8 on: December 16, 2014, 11:36:52 PM »
If walking around hanging off your neck do you think the lens will creep?
The old push-pull did not creep because of the friction ring, I assume they would not add lens creep as a feature.
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« Reply #9 on: December 16, 2014, 11:42:16 PM »
If walking around hanging off your neck do you think the lens will creep?
The old push-pull did not creep because of the friction ring, I assume they would not add lens creep as a feature.
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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2014, 12:22:59 AM »
I would be interested to know if you think the packaging would endure a trip to the other side.  (Aussie) I have mine ordered via a third party and wondered if it needed re-packing   cheers brian
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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2014, 01:19:04 PM »
If walking around hanging off your neck do you think the lens will creep?

I use a black rapid strap, a neck strap would be very uncomfortable for me.
 
The lens has a locking (friction) ring that locks it at any focal length.  If it is not tightened before pointing up or down, the lens may tend to creep.  mine is new and still stiff, but after it gets worn in, I'd expect that it would need the friction.

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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2014, 01:35:41 PM »
I would be interested to know if you think the packaging would endure a trip to the other side.  (Aussie) I have mine ordered via a third party and wondered if it needed re-packing   cheers brian

The Canon packaging is surpurb, multiple layers of protection, it can withstand lots of dropping. This is the best packaging I've seen for something in this class.
 
 Adorama also surrounded it with air bags, so it was in pretty good shape.
 
I did take it out this morning into the cold frosty air and took a few shots to try to see if there was front or back focusing.  It looked pretty good, I'd guess that its front focusing a very tiny amount, not enough to fool with right now.
 
This is a photo from about 40 ft at 400mm, full frame, and then crop.  There was no wild life this morning, but my neighbor's dog was herding his horses.  There is some motion blurring, that dog was moving fast, and 1/500 was too slow.  The white horse in the background is almost 1/2 mile away.
 

 
 
 

 
 
The banner was 40 ft away and moving in the breeze, but 1/500 was plenty fast to freeze it.  The depth of field was shallow, so there are some oof areas where the flag is not flat.  Adjusting the focus a couple of steps back might prevent that.  I was surprised to see the individual threads.
 

 
 

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2014, 01:35:41 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2014, 02:11:02 PM »
This looks very good! I´m looking forward to see more of your images and hearing more of your experiences with it.

I don´t need this lens, but it is very tempting as a light travel companion. My threshold for carrying the 200-400 is there, when weight and volume is an issue. But this lens mounted on the 7DII will be quite potent for some of the things I do. I never liked the MkI, but this one looks better and it is clearly very sharp in the centre.

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2014, 02:36:35 PM »
Congratulations on your new acquisition!  :)  Enjoy your new lens.

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