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Old Oct 9, 2005, 10:36 AM   #1
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I bought this lens used without the manual. I need to know how all the features work, etc. Canon USA doesn't provide a downloadable file with instructions. Any ideas. Thanks.

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Old Oct 12, 2005, 6:36 AM   #2
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The first switch (1.4m-ºº and 2.5m-ºº) is just the closest focussing point. I keep mine set to 1.4.

AF-MF is simply auto focus or manual focus....self explanatory.

Stabilizer on/off means just that.

Stabilizer mode 1/2 is;

Mode 1 is for stabilizing panning shots side to side.

Mode 2 is for stabilizing panning shots up and down.

Then you just have the zoom and focussing rings.

The only one that isn´t self explanatory is the 2 stabilizing modes.

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Mode 1 works in all directions at least that's how my 100-400 is set up
Mode 2 is for panning and only compensates for up and down movement

I use the 1st switch to limit the focus (up close) when shooting far away subject -> resulting in faster AF because the lens does not have to 'hunt' as far back... :?
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Durrr....sorry yes, you are right. MODE 1 is for all vibrations no matter how you hold the camera (vertically or horizontally) andMODE 2 is for panning a moving subject up or down...it is the lens that can determine which way you are going.

Have 5 day old baby, will get things wrong...I need sleep! :sleep:

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Congratulation for the baby !!!
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Thanks, guys, for the help. And Nick, I second the congratulations. I see thousands of baby pictures coming.

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Old Oct 12, 2005, 10:34 AM   #7
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Thanks guys. Re the thousands of pictures, we have a 2 year old boy alreadyand I estimate that I have close to 3,000 of him so far....thank God for digital!

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The minimum focusing switch also effects autofocus speed. At 1.4, you can get as close as 1.4m to your subject, but your autofocus won't be as quick as when your minimum focus distance is 2.8m...

So, leave it on 2.8m until you need to get closer to your subject.

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Thanks guys. Re the thousands of pictures, we have a 2 year old boy alreadyand I estimate that I have close to 3,000 of him so far....thank God for digital!

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Old Oct 15, 2005, 1:42 AM   #9
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BTW...above everything else, this is one of the best lenses that I have, it is incredible and you will love it......
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