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Old Oct 9, 2007, 6:58 PM   #1
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I got a deal on a used copy of this lens and it arrived yesterday. I took my kayak to a local lake today looking for great blue herons, and found one. I'm blown away by the difference in IQ compared to the Sigma 80-400mm. I knew it would be sharper, but the shots are much crisper and more vibrant too. Here's one shot from this morning:


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Nice shot!

You bring up a good point - there is more to image quality than just sharpness. Sharpness is important but the other aspects you mention are also a great benefit of good glass and something that doesn't show up in a chart.
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Old Oct 11, 2007, 5:52 AM   #3
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Yes John - I was actually blown away by the difference ~ Ron

Edit to add that this is without any adjustment to saturation, which I used all the time with the Sigma ~ R
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Nice shot, I recently got this lens. i found it a bit of a learning curve though.
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Old Oct 14, 2007, 4:21 PM   #5
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Thanx ALF, I think that using the slower focusing Sigma 80-400 made me use better technique, so I had no problem with the Canon. I really like this lens. Makes me want a 200L and a 300L and a....
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yes I know what you mean. Ive found when I get a good shot, its great. you cant beat the sharpness and detail. But this lens is not as forgiving as my 70-200 L and when I stuff up the shots are bad LOL. I debated a bit between this and the 100-400 L and I hope I made the right choice. I believe I have as I see a lot of people finding that lens a learning curve as well. For now Im just shooting with it as much as possible and Im getting some really nice shots, Im mainly handholding it at the moment
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Old Oct 15, 2008, 2:53 AM   #7
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JohnG wrote:
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Nice shot!

You bring up a good point - there is more to image quality than just sharpness. Sharpness is important but the other aspects you mention are also a great benefit of good glass and something that doesn't show up in a chart.
What a superb shot, indeed. Crisp, clear and detailed.
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Old Oct 15, 2008, 7:28 AM   #8
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Thanx tarok ~ Ron
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Old Oct 17, 2008, 12:07 PM   #9
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surfnron

Sorry to hijack your thread, but I got this idea from you and just got a kayak this summer. I'm now getting shots and viewpoints that I normally wouldn't be able to otherwise:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=11
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=11

Again thank this site is just full of idea!
(Great for execise too...)
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Old Oct 17, 2008, 6:39 PM   #10
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You can't beat the kayak for pov and getting close. I'll post a green heron here if I can find the image. I'm glad you are enjoying the 'yak - just keep your powder, err, camera dry. :blah:

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