Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM

candc

EOS 6D MK II
Sep 22, 2013
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Wautoma, WI USA.
dolina said:
Thanks Click and Scott.


Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) by alabang, on Flickr

The Spotted Wood Kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) is a species of bird in the Alcedinidae family. It is endemic to the Philippines.
Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Wood_Kingfisher

Location: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Mesa_Ecopark

Settings: 1/40 ƒ/4 ISO 640 560mm
I have seen your shots on the forums here and they are always really good but these ones of the kingfishers are just the best. It's clear you know what you are doing but what I really like is that i can see that you love shooting them.
 

Dylan777

EOS 1D MK II
Nov 17, 2011
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5
lion rock said:
Dylan777,
Super nice. My fav is the first of your set. Real nice!
-r
Thanks Lion Rock. Those are just snap test shots at my front yard.

I will put this combo to real test this weekend - BIF etc...
 

Dylan777

EOS 1D MK II
Nov 17, 2011
5,515
5
Menace said:
Dylan777 said:
Menace said:
Click said:
Menace said:
Teeth!

1/1000, ISO 640, f2.8
Great shot Menace.
Thanks Click :)
Awesome shot Menace. That 200-400 might become handly.
Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.
Be strong my friend... :)
 

eml58

1Dx
Aug 26, 2012
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Singapore
Menace said:
Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.
The 600f/4 II + 1.4X III will give you marginally better IQ @ 840 & f/5.6 when compared to the current V1 800f/5.6, and the 600 is a deal lighter & easier to pack as well.

That may be the reason Canon are dragging the chain on a VII 800f/5.6 when you see that Nikon have had their new VR 800f/5.6 (with 1.2x Converter included) on the Market for some time now.

But you did well to restrain yourself on the 200-400f/4, there are very few situations where I miss my 400f/2.8 II, but then I have the 300f/2.8 II as a filler for low light, without that ?? Maybe tears.
 

Eldar

EOS 5D MK IV
Jan 14, 2013
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Dylan777 said:
Menace said:
Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.
Be strong my friend... :)
Wrong advice Dylan ... The right advice (for the 200-400) is cave in and GO FOR IT!! :p

I sometimes miss my 400/2.8 II for low light (as Edward pointed out), but it is very rare. I have been close to buying the 300/2.8 II, but the low light performance of the 1DX, combined with the flexibility of the 200-400, has kept me off so far. Up here in the North we have good light from 2:30 to 23:30, so the situation is a bit different than if I had spent my time further south.

Of all the lenses I have bought over the years, the 200-400 may be top of my list. If you can live with the size and weight, you´ll love its performance.
 

Menace

New Zealand
Apr 5, 2012
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eml58 said:
Menace said:
Funny you say that as I was at my Canon dealer ONLY yesterday and he was tempting me with a 200-400 as well as a near new 800! Good deal too but I managed to refrain - just.
The 600f/4 II + 1.4X III will give you marginally better IQ @ 840 & f/5.6 when compared to the current V1 800f/5.6, and the 600 is a deal lighter & easier to pack as well.

That may be the reason Canon are dragging the chain on a VII 800f/5.6 when you see that Nikon have had their new VR 800f/5.6 (with 1.2x Converter included) on the Market for some time now.

But you did well to restrain yourself on the 200-400f/4, there are very few situations where I miss my 400f/2.8 II, but then I have the 300f/2.8 II as a filler for low light, without that ?? Maybe tears.
Thank you guys.

This was my reasoning for refraining from both the 200-400 and the 800 5.6:

I shoot with two bodies: 400+1Dx and 70-200 2.8 on 5D3. It's f2.8 all the through and suits my shooting style so 200-400 is redundant.

800 5.6 is simply old and NOT a Version II big white.

I'm more interested in the roumored 7D II esp with my 400 2.8 ;D