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tarok Oct 14, 2008 2:16 AM

I am soon going to buy a wildlfie lens for my Canon 40D. So far I have done wildlife stuff with my Canon 70-200mm f/2-8L IS + 1.4x TC.

I have been considering between Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS / Canon 400mm f/5.6L / Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS.

I am living in Scandinavia, where we the light isnĀ“t always so good as in Southern Europe, so maybe this is also going to play a role in my choice of lens?

For your information about shooting style:
I am often wandering around shooting , but I do have a hide, which is often used as well.

What do you think will be the best choice for me, when image quality is important?

John at the Beach Oct 14, 2008 6:08 AM

A few weeks ago I got the Canon 100-400mm IS lens...I have had great success with it shooting wildlife and would recommend it...I also have the 70-200mm and used it with the 1.4 converter, but for me, it just didn't have the reach I wanted...The 100-400mm has great reviews, so I don't think you will go wrong if you decide to buy it...Attached is one example from my 100-400...I was about 100 yards away...I have done a little post processing for color enhancement and a slight crop to cut out the excess background...BTW, I use this lens with a 20D and 5D...This shot is from the 20D..

tarok Oct 14, 2008 6:20 AM

Looks good to me, John. How do you like the push-pull zoom?

John at the Beach Oct 14, 2008 7:44 AM

I have read that some people don't like the push/pull or that it takes a bit of getting use to, but I haven't had any problems and in fact like the push/pull...You can adjust the tention with the adjusting tention ring on the lens for smooth zoom or tighten it
to lock it in place...It's a bit different from what we are use to but like I said, I like it...

wburychka Nov 15, 2008 9:43 PM

You didn't specify what kind of wildlife, but with some there is one absolute rule: Whatever focal length you have, you need a bit longer.

For that reason, I don't think you'll get enough with the 100-400 coming from your 280mm (200+1.4x). But if you think 400mm is enough, rather than buy the 100-400, I think you might do as well to get the Canon 2xII extender. That would give you a 400mm F5.6--same as the 100-400 at 400mm, but at a fraction of the cost.

Otherwise, if you want more reach for not too much cost, look at the Sigma 50-500 or their new 150-500OS.

FYI, so you can measure the motives of the the person recommending, I have the 100-400 and also the Sigma 50-500. Also the Canon 500mm F4L, which I often use with the 1.4xII extender. I really like the 100-400 under a lot of circumstances, especially as a handheld. HOWEVER, if I already owned a 70-200 F2.8, I would get the 2xII extender.

Golfer Nov 27, 2008 5:12 PM

You did not mention a budgetfor your wildlife lense, but the one rule you will always run up against is you can never seem to get close enough.

The Canon 600 mm is excellent for wildlife use and if you backed that up with a 100x400 or the 70x200 you would be in pretty good company.

Another thought would be the new 400 lense [about $5700.00]

You have some other good abvice above and Sigma also makes some pretty good stuff up to 800 mm.

djb Nov 29, 2008 2:24 AM

I'll put my 2.5 cents in. i have both the 100-400mm and the 500mm f/4L IS. i love the 500mm and use it almost exclusively with the 1.4TC. It needs a tripod but I can hand hold it for 45secs to 1 minute. Don't really need that much time fr a few bursts. the 100-400mm I use as a walk around lens but, not that often. Now for an in between price range, why not try a 300mm f/2.8L IS and use it with the 1.4TC for 420mm f/4 or the 2xTC for a 600mm f/5.6 and it is quite light enough to hand hold and carry around. At least for e it is after using the 500mm. The canon 300mm f/2.8 sells for $3600 or so but there is the sigma 300mm f/2.3 no image stabilization for about $2700. The canon may be my next lens for walkaround as with my 100-400mm I usually am shooting at 300mm to 400mm anyways. Just another idea!!


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