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Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« on: August 03, 2015, 03:46:30 AM »
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Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« on: August 03, 2015, 03:46:30 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 400mm DO F4.0 II
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2015, 03:53:33 AM »
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Re: Canon EF 400mm DO F4.0 II
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2015, 03:59:06 AM »
nice shots, are these full size or crops?
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Re: Canon EF 400mm DO F4.0 II
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2015, 04:14:07 AM »
First two are about half original size. Last one is near full size
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Re: Canon EF 400mm DO F4.0 II
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2015, 04:15:27 AM »
Nice shots.

I'd love a 400 DO.

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Re: Canon EF 400mm DO F4.0 II
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2015, 04:15:47 AM »
First two are about half original size. Last one is near full size

nice, great sharpness.
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Re: Canon EF 400mm DO F4.0 II
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2015, 04:05:43 PM »
100% of first one
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Re: Canon EF 400mm DO F4.0 II
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2015, 04:05:43 PM »

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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2015, 04:27:26 PM »
A new item added to the wish list :D
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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2015, 05:21:16 PM »
Although this is "only" an F4.0, the main advantage is weight!
I use this lens with a 1DX and the weight balance is perfect. I can shoot handhold without any problems for an afternoon. The IS is unbelievable, I can shoot stationary objects, e.g bird sitting on a branch at 1/60 handheld and still get sharp results.
A lot of folks do not like the DO lenses, the "onion" effect in backlit photos is apparently a problem.
I have shot over 4000 pics in the last month, and indeed it happens. However, it is VERY minor.
All in all, I have doubted a long time to buy this lens as I wanted the 400 F2.8 II.
The weight of the 400 F2.8 II is just too much for me, I can only use it as a tripod lens and not as a walk around lens.
The 400 DO II is just slightly bigger then 70-200 F2.8 II and about same weight, which means that I can take it on a hiking trip in he hills without too much problems.
For me, this lens is ideal, I have the reach, the reduced weight, perfect IS, and very fast autofocus.
Uhh, I did not mention IQ as that is a given as far as I am concerned.
Extenders 1.4, no problems, focus is slightly slower, IQ is still excellent, The 2.0 is a different story. Focus is dirt slow and IQ takes a hit.
I used this lens on 7D mark 1, and the body can not keep up. Focus is slow and inaccurate. AFMA according to Reical V2 was +2, so no problem there.

I made the right choice, I just love this lens, it is just the $$$$

Hope this gives a bit of background info.

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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2015, 06:11:48 PM »
Although this is "only" an F4.0, the main advantage is weight!
I use this lens with a 1DX and the weight balance is perfect. I can shoot handhold without any problems for an afternoon. The IS is unbelievable, I can shoot stationary objects, e.g bird sitting on a branch at 1/60 handheld and still get sharp results.
A lot of folks do not like the DO lenses, the "onion" effect in backlit photos is apparently a problem.
I have shot over 4000 pics in the last month, and indeed it happens. However, it is VERY minor.
All in all, I have doubted a long time to buy this lens as I wanted the 400 F2.8 II.
The weight of the 400 F2.8 II is just too much for me, I can only use it as a tripod lens and not as a walk around lens.
The 400 DO II is just slightly bigger then 70-200 F2.8 II and about same weight, which means that I can take it on a hiking trip in he hills without too much problems.
For me, this lens is ideal, I have the reach, the reduced weight, perfect IS, and very fast autofocus.
Uhh, I did not mention IQ as that is a given as far as I am concerned.
Extenders 1.4, no problems, focus is slightly slower, IQ is still excellent, The 2.0 is a different story. Focus is dirt slow and IQ takes a hit.
I used this lens on 7D mark 1, and the body can not keep up. Focus is slow and inaccurate. AFMA according to Reical V2 was +2, so no problem there.

I made the right choice, I just love this lens, it is just the $$$$

Hope this gives a bit of background info.

Ben

Thanks for the info, I guess the onion effect can be a turn off, but as you said $$$$ is the only real issue :D
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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2015, 09:33:24 PM »
Worst case of the "onion" effect I had in 4000 pics or so.
First pic is as shot, second is at 100%
This was at an hour after sunrise, straight into the direction of the sun. I needed to be careful to avoid the sun in the frame.
As said this is the worst case I have had yet, can we live with it?
I can as this happens only in less then 0.1 % of the shots.
Just something to think about when you shoot just as setting your Aperture ...
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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2015, 07:47:05 AM »
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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2015, 08:27:17 AM »
How much better is the 400 II than the 100-400 II?
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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2015, 11:54:32 AM »
just got mine in the mail today. i have been on the waiting list for months. did a quick check on the focus and a little walk. i really like the way the lens handles and feels on the 7dii. my first impression is that iq and focus are excellent. here are a couple full size shots. standard dxo conversion, no extra adjustments.  they are f/4. the nuthatch looks a bit in and out of focus due to the shallow dof at that close distance. normally i would stop down for a shot like that'

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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2015, 08:11:55 PM »
Congratulations!
you will love it
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Re: Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2015, 08:11:55 PM »