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Old Jul 10, 2007, 12:14 PM   #1
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Can anyone give me any advice on the EF 400 5.6L? Is this lense available with an image stabilizer? Any pros or cons on the lense?
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Old Jul 10, 2007, 1:40 PM   #2
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Is this lense available with an image stabilizer?
No - and IMHO 95% of the time you don't need it



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Any pros or cons on the lense?
Lighter and sharper than the 100-400L
-> The only con is this is a prime so you might need to carry another zoom with you... when things happened to be too close!

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Old Jul 10, 2007, 2:08 PM   #3
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If you really want IS Canon has a 400mm F/4 DO IS but you won't like the price :G

I've never used it but I've heard good things about the Sigma SIGMA 80-400MM F4.5-5.6 APO EX DG price (1430$) is similar (about 300$ less) than the
Canon (1760$) CANON EF 100-400MM/4.5-5.6L IS USM

I've heard the Sigmas OS is a tad slower than the Canons IS, again no experiecne with it just hear-say.

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Old Jul 13, 2007, 7:30 AM   #4
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I use the Canon EF 400mm f5.6 L, It a sharp lens (even wide open),fast AF and work really well on my 1D MKII Nwith a 1.4x TC. Not having IS does not bother becauseits of no use for shooting moving subjects unless it has mode 2 IS which is for panning.

If you want IS with a Canon 400mm lens your choices are EF 400 f4 DO IS (as Peter metioned) or the EF 400mm f2.8 L IS.
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Old Aug 1, 2007, 12:18 AM   #5
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I really want a 400mm lens for wildlife and perhaps a bit of sport at times. Still tossing up between the 100-400 IS and the prime. So far Im leaning towards the prime as I already have the 70-200F4 L and the EF 1X4 TC.Image stabilityhas never been an issue for me as I shoot in good light 95% of the time and at faster shutter speeds. Would love to see some photos out of the 400 prime. ive seen plenty from the soom online.
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I had the Sigma 80-400 until it went for a swim recently. (I have ins.) It was very sharp, and I will get another copy. In fact, Sigma will allow me to trade in the ruined lens for a new one for $803. Anyway, here's a sample from this lens.


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PS: You can get it for $999 in the US.

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Old Aug 1, 2007, 8:11 PM   #7
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I use the 400mm 5.6a lot. It is a sharp, very fast focusing lens and light weight.

Biggest con is that it is 5.6 and not f/4...although I have some nice shots (to me)in low light with it at higher ISO.
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Too sharp Sabine - I think my eyes are bleeding ~ Ron
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Old Aug 2, 2007, 5:55 PM   #9
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This 400mm prime is f/5.6 and with a 1.4x tc becomes f/8, will the bodies you use AF with that?
Most Canon bodies except the 1D series will not AF past ~f/6.3.
The plus is it is relatively inexpensive at ~1100$

The other two options mentioned the "f/4 DO IS" and the f/2.8 are around ~5300$ and ~6500$ respectivally.

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I really want a 400mm lens for wildlife and perhaps a bit of sport at times. Still tossing up between the 100-400 IS and the prime. So far Im leaning towards the prime as I already have the 70-200F4 L and the EF 1X4 TC.Image stabilityhas never been an issue for me as I shoot in good light 95% of the time and at faster shutter speeds. Would love to see some photos out of the 400 prime. ive seen plenty from the soom online.
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Would love to see some photos out of the 400 prime. ive seen plenty from the soom online.
Here are a couple motorsport shots with the 400mm f5.6L



with 1.4x TC


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