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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2014, 03:16:10 PM »
Thank you very much Mt Spokane Photography for the effort.
I am very much interested in this lens. Please post more as you go, especially with any TC you have.
Renting wouldn't be possible for a while, have to rely on your opinions to decide this time.

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #15 on: December 17, 2014, 03:16:10 PM »

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #16 on: December 17, 2014, 03:31:13 PM »
Spokane,
Nice present for the upcoming holidays!
Nice toy and I hope you'll enjoy it.
Look forward to your impression of the lens.
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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #17 on: December 17, 2014, 03:35:03 PM »
Santa arrived early!  To echo, the packaging was amazing - 6.8lb shipping weight - half was the packing...

Early images appear excellent although it's a pretty cloudy day today.
Well balanced, but heavy of course.  Slightly heavier than my 70-200 (non IS) 2.8 as is to be expected.

Focus ring is smooth, zoom ring is a bit grinding, unlike the internal zoom of the 70-200.
Have heard that commentary before - may just have to get used to it...

Images were shot handheld on a 5Dmiii in full auto mode;

100mm - iso100 / 1/125s / f5.6
200mm - iso100 / 1/160s / f5.0
400mm - iso100 / 1/160s / f5.0

Target is approximately 250 yds (228 meters)away...
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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #18 on: December 17, 2014, 04:47:51 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.

I loved the mark 1, but the IS on this one is very good.  IQ is better as well, but its mostly AF speed and IS that seemed better to me.
 
I'd like to put them side by side and compare, but my hands are extremely sensitive to the cold.  It comes with old age and poor circulation.
 
I had a Nikon 200-400 f/4G last year.  It was too big to carry around, and I needed a gimbal except for quick snapshots.  It was nowhere as sharp as this lens.

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #19 on: December 17, 2014, 04:52:33 PM »
Adding a 1.4xii Extender to the mix...

100mm (140mm Equivalent) 1/125 / f6.3 / iso100
200mm (280mm Equivalent) 1/250 / f7.1 / iso200
400mm (560mm Equivalent) 1/500 / f8 / iso500

Camera still on full auto - SOOC - no adjustments whatsoever.
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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #20 on: December 17, 2014, 06:30:02 PM »
Those first images look pretty promising. Please keep posting, so that we can get a better impression of what this new lens can do.

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2014, 07:19:14 PM »
I decided I was going to try close focusing, so I trained the lens on a Christmas Catcus on our kitchen table about 3 ft away.  Even with the 5 light bulbs immediately above it, the ISO at f/8 and 1/320 sec was 6400.  Then, when I put the 1.4X TC on, I was at 12800 - 25600, far too much noise to see the delicate structure of the flower.
 
So, I backed the shutter speed down to 1/100 and f/8 which gave me a 6400 ISO, more than I wanted.  My flash was out in my studio, so I just went with that.  I do sharpen and adjust images to my taste.
 
I remembered that I have a tiny flash for my G1X II, so I'll try it next.
 
This is a moderate crop.  Even at mfd, AF seems fast.  I used AF and it seems quite accurate at MFD and with the TC.  That's nice.
 

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #21 on: December 17, 2014, 07:19:14 PM »

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #22 on: December 17, 2014, 07:19:59 PM »
For what it's worth, I'm incredibly happy with the new version. I used the Mark I heavily since 2001 and this is a sizable upgrade. I could see a quality improvement on the LCD.

At times the IS is absolutely amazing. The image I attached here was shot at 400mm, handheld at 1/40. This is a 100% crop from a 1D Mark IV. You can see the full image here:

http://livingwilderness.photoshelter.com/image/I0000Kbwo9Xyw6r8

I have been able to get images that are sharp enough to publish at shutter speeds as slow as 1/6 at 250mm. Not every one of those frames was a winner, but about a third were sharp, which is pretty stunning. The IS isn't as effective when the lens is tilted up or down, but it's still better.

The zoom mechanism hasn't drifted on me. It's easy to zoom, yet it stays put.

My biggest annoyance is that the zoom and focus rings are reversed from their position on the 70-200. This has tripped me up a number of times and is very frustrating.

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #23 on: December 17, 2014, 08:05:04 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.
 

 
 


Very impressive.  I'm sitting on pins and needles waiting for mine to arrive.  Hopefully tomorrow.
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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #24 on: December 17, 2014, 08:31:51 PM »
The full image is a lovely shot, seanature. Great first post, welcome to CR.  :)

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #25 on: December 17, 2014, 08:56:37 PM »
Hi,
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.
   Can lock at any focal length... good... this is one feature that I want to confirm before consider this lens.

   Have a nice day.

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #26 on: December 17, 2014, 09:15:24 PM »
The full image is a lovely shot, seanature. Great first post, welcome to CR.  :)

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2014, 11:10:45 PM »
Here is the first image I shot with mine today, straight from camera, no edits other than a size adjustment.

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« Reply #27 on: December 17, 2014, 11:10:45 PM »

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #28 on: December 17, 2014, 11:53:17 PM »
Hello Everyone, I am quite new to CR and have only posted a couple of times. I really appreciate all of you sharing your knowledge so freely...thank you very much!

I received my 100-400 V2 yesterday and have been testing it out and comparing the images to those taken with my 100-400 V1 which I sold a couple of weeks ago for too little money...yetch. The new lens, at least to me, is significantly better in all respects. I am really pleased with it.

Here are a couple of handheld close handheld shots (not great but it is winter with yucky light), the maple seeds are at f5.6 and the dry spirea is at f8 both at 400mm close to MFD.

I downloaded Canon DPP4 and processed the maple seed raw image to add lens corrections and then touched it up in Photoshop Camera Raw which I am more comfortable with using. The original jpg just from photoshop was not as good as doing it this way at least to my three quarter of a century eyes.

Again, thanks for all your great posts...even at my age, I am learning a lot!

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Re: Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L Mark II
« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2014, 08:03:43 AM »
Thanks everyone. So far I am pleased with the results everyone has obtained with this new lens. Mine is due for delivery today. Looking forward to putting it through its paces over the next few days.

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« Reply #29 on: December 18, 2014, 08:03:43 AM »