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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #60 on: January 06, 2015, 11:23:13 AM »
After the busy holidays I finally got time to shoot with my new 100-400 II.   Went to nearby LA Zoo with my 7D + 100-400 II attached to my monopod.   This is the biggest and heaviest combo I've ever used and I found I needed to work more slowly than usual.

My initial results were encouraging.  My lack of photography technique with the new lens was the biggest shortcoming, certainly not the new 100-400 II lens.   My impression is that it is the sharpest lens I now have, which is encouraging given the cost.  :)

I've attached two shots taken at the LA Zoo, one of a Sumatran tiger and the other of a Western Lowland Gorilla.

Details for tiger (uncropped) -> 400mm (equivalent 640mm w/7D crop) at f/8,  1/80 sec,  at ISO 800

Details for Gorilla (cropped) ->  400mm (equivalent 640mm w/7D crop) at f/8, 1/640 sec, at ISO 800

I chose ISO 800 with f/8 aperture for both shots to reduce the shutter speeds to hand-holdable levels, believing I'd get sharper pictures using such a big/heavy lens (for me) for the first time.

Overall I was satisfied enough to share with this audience.  Your comments are welcome.
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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #60 on: January 06, 2015, 11:23:13 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #61 on: January 06, 2015, 01:15:01 PM »
Just come back from 2 weeks in The Kruger (and private reserves nearby) 7D/II plus 100-400/II, impressive. 2000 plus shots in the bag. I used the Mark 1 version from 2005 until 2012. This is a step up, no doubt. Works well with the 1.4X/III too.

I had intended to take a 500/4 but the weight and size wouldn't work with the small aircraft so I stuck to this. No complaints.





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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #62 on: January 13, 2015, 04:12:18 PM »
Took my first shots with my review copy today and I have to say I am very impressed.  Even with an extender (I have to use the Kenko instead of my Canon extender on the 6D) the sharpness wide open is very good.  This is 560mm f/8.  I have a feeling I may be considering consolidating my 70-300L and Tamron 150-600 into this lens...
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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #63 on: January 13, 2015, 10:55:31 PM »
A lady had one of these down below a dam where there were a few of us taking eagle photos. with the extender you only have the center point using the 7dii. She thought something was wrong with it but i explained that only the center point works with an f/8 lens. With the tamron you have more usable AF points. That is something to consider.

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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #64 on: January 14, 2015, 12:26:40 AM »
A lady had one of these down below a dam where there were a few of us taking eagle photos. with the extender you only have the center point using the 7dii. She thought something was wrong with it but i explained that only the center point works with an f/8 lens. With the tamron you have more usable AF points. That is something to consider.

I have spent a lot of time comparing the 100-400 II with and without the 1.4xTC on the 5DIII and 7DII.  For my gear, the 5D + 1.4 xTC  + 100-400 @ 400mm is hardly distinguishable from the bare 100-400 on the 7DII in terms of resolution and noise.  Further, adding the TC to the 100-400 on the 7DII is a waste of time as the degradation of image and increase in noise nullifies any increase in resolution. For my bird photography, the 7DII plus 100-400 is far better than the Tamron 150-600 at f/6.3 600mm on the 5D and slightly better than the Tamron at f/8.  I didn't like the Tamron at 600mm on the 7DII or 70D.

So, I recommend using the 100-400mm II at 400mm on the 7DII or 400 or 560 on the 5DIII.

Unfortunately, I have lost my 7DII and 100-400 - my wife has appropriated them.  We now both take bird photos.  She uses the 7DII while I have to lug around the 5DIII +  300 mm f/2.8 II + 2xTC. Frankly, t don't get much extra for the additional weight and cost. 
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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #65 on: January 14, 2015, 12:38:13 AM »

..........Unfortunately, I have lost my 7DII and 100-400 - my wife has appropriated them.  We now both take bird photos.  She uses the 7DII while I have to lug around the 5DIII +  300 mm f/2.8 II + 2xTC. Frankly, t don't get much extra for the additional weight and cost.

But that's nice to share this wonderful passion together.....no?
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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #66 on: January 14, 2015, 09:50:41 AM »

..........Unfortunately, I have lost my 7DII and 100-400 - my wife has appropriated them.  We now both take bird photos.  She uses the 7DII while I have to lug around the 5DIII +  300 mm f/2.8 II + 2xTC. Frankly, t don't get much extra for the additional weight and cost.

But that's nice to share this wonderful passion together.....no?
Absolutely yes. I think she needs a 400mm DO II for her next birthday.
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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #66 on: January 14, 2015, 09:50:41 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #67 on: January 14, 2015, 10:23:38 AM »

..........Unfortunately, I have lost my 7DII and 100-400 - my wife has appropriated them.  We now both take bird photos.  She uses the 7DII while I have to lug around the 5DIII +  300 mm f/2.8 II + 2xTC. Frankly, t don't get much extra for the additional weight and cost.

But that's nice to share this wonderful passion together.....no?
Absolutely yes. I think she needs a 400mm DO II for her next birthday.

I see...
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=24590.msg483345#msg483345

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Re: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
« Reply #68 on: January 14, 2015, 11:14:11 AM »
Further, adding the TC to the 100-400 on the 7DII is a waste of time as the degradation of image and increase in noise nullifies any increase in resolution.

Thanks for your analysis, AlanF. Question: I find the 7D2 + 400 f/5.6 prime + 1.4x TC III to yield quite acceptable image quality. Have you experimented with this combo? I ask because I'm considering the 100-400 II and may trade my 400 prime as part of the deal. I could use my 5D3 + 100-400 + 1.4x, as you do, but would hate to lose the use of my 7D2 (higher FPS, better AF, etc.) when employing the TC. I'm shooting wildlife, including birds.

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« Reply #68 on: January 14, 2015, 11:14:11 AM »