Very impressive. I'm sitting on pins and needles waiting for mine to arrive. Hopefully tomorrow.Mt Spokane Photography said: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.bricat said: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
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.
Can lock at any focal length... good... this is one feature that I want to confirm before consider this lens.Mt Spokane Photography said: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.
Agree!balvert said: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.
Mine does not lock per se. You can use the friction ring to tighten the zoom ring, but even when it's at its tightest setting, I can still turn it.weixing said:Can lock at any focal length... good... this is one feature that I want to confirm before consider this lens.
Thanks Click & Ryan85!Click said:The full image is a lovely shot, seanature. Great first post, welcome to CR.
Maybe ridiculous test for others, but not for me.seanature said:It was a ridiculous test, but I frequently used my original 100-400 from boats and kayaks and wanted to see what I could get away with.
I hope that helps.
There are a lot of variables with this lens, so it's hard to provide you with really useful, scientific findings. If you're using the lens at 200mm or shorter, then I think the IS is good enough to get sharp images about half the time. The success rate will be a little higher at 1/30 and fairly reliable at 1/60.Besisika said:Maybe ridiculous test for others, but not for me.
Actually, I am wondering if you could repeat similar test for 1/20 and 1/30th sec and see how much keepers you have.
I do alot of low light panning and thinking about using this lens for that purpose once have the fund for it in January.
Thanks in advance.
Below is an example of how I inted to use it for. This was shot at 1/80s, 600mm (300mm f4+2x) on a monopod, but it is a bit soft, hence my hope to get a better result using 1.4TC with this new lens.seanature said:The success rate will be a little higher at 1/30 and fairly reliable at 1/60.
At 400mm, I think getting a sharp image at 1/20 or 1/30 is going to be a pure stroke of luck.