Jkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5549 times:
Hi there folks,
It's getting towards the time where I start looking for a new lens for my D30. After a little play with a friends 100-400 L (Thanks Chris ) I feel like getting one to replace my current 75-300 IS USM.
Just wanted some advice from users of this lens as to if there were any niggles or problems you have had with it? Did any of you have to return it to a chronicle problem? Things like that basically.
Also if I do decide to get one, I think I will be the first D30 + 100-400 L shooter on A.net. (But don't quote me on that one )
Just something else that would be handy, I know it's a bit pricey so really I want the cheapest going rate. Where do you think the best/cheapest place in the UK to purchase one would be? Or do you think I should consider buying it in the US online and paying the import duties etc?
All help would be very much appreciated and won't go un-thanked!
Granite From UK - Scotland, joined May 1999, 5612 posts, RR: 62
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5482 times:
I have just beaten you too it.100-400L added to my D30 just two weeks ago
I purchased mine from Park Cameras and the price was the best I could find without going overseas. For me, that was not an option unless I was travelling.
Haven't really had the chance to give it a good workout. My latest stuff is with the lens and shots are noticeably sharper than my 75-300 IS USM. But on saying that, all my 75-300 shots were sharp enough to produce fantastic prints. Just ask some of the guys I have sent prints to on this site.
Traffic is slow at ABZ so I really need to get to LGW and LHR.........watch this space
There will be many photographer here that can give you better advice than me on the lens. I'm a newbie.
IL76 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2004, 2239 posts, RR: 45
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5464 times:
I haven't had problems with mine yet, except that the IS sometimes goes nuts if you point you camera towards a very bright low contrast area (like the sun). But that seems to be a common problem many people have encountered. Not really serious.
Heard that Martin Boschhuizen's 100-400 broke last week. It could not zoom anymore. Perhaps he can elaborate...
Those are the only issues I've heard about so far...
Zander From Sweden, joined Feb 2000, 610 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5462 times:
I have one problem with mine, when I am zooming in and out I can't get a smooth motion. This ends with some problems while zooming quick movements like rotations, sometimes the "lens" zooms out to much, then I have to zoom in a bit which results in a crop...then zoom out again a bit and so on.
It's very irritating, somebody who knows what to do?
I didn't have this problem in the beginning though, it came a year ago or so.
Otherwise I am really satisfied with my lens, great range...you get really used to 400 mm. I almost never use my 75-300 mm now
Sulman From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2040 posts, RR: 30
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5456 times:
Are those frontal photographs of the 737's at Dyce with your 75-300? They're very high quality. I'm impressed with the 75-300 IS USM, but I'm torn between that and the 70-200 F4 L. I know the 'L' series produces some fantastic images, and I'm told that it's sharp enough wide open that the lack of stabilisation isn't a problem should the light not be ideal.
It takes a big man to admit they are wrong, and I am not a big man.
Pepef From Finland, joined Oct 2002, 440 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5405 times:
I had a problem where the push pull zoom got heavier and heavier to move and eventually stopped moving/turning.
Turned out a grain of sand had somehow gotten inside the mechanism and that grain of sand turned out to be a lot more expensive than a diamond of the same size.
So keep it covered on a windy beach. Edited: I meant keep the lens covered.
PH-OTO From Netherlands, joined Mar 2002, 434 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5395 times:
IL76 siad: Heard that Martin Boschhuizen's 100-400 broke last week. It could not zoom anymore. Perhaps he can elaborate...
Pepef said:I had a problem where the push pull zoom got heavier and heavier to move and eventually stopped moving/turning.
Well, broke is a bit strong, but I had the same problem as Pepef. It is now with Canon, probably for a cleaning. I hope this is the only problem.
I think the push pull zoom sucks up way too much air (and dirt). It is basically the only point about the 100-400 I really dislike.
For the rest you can do magic with it. It is only outperformed by the 70-200s and fixed focal point teles) But gives you a great zoom range in return.
Look very closely between the lines of this message, and you will see the captain beating up the jumpseater
Lyzzard From Singapore, joined Nov 2003, 404 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 5380 times:
The other annoying bit about this lens (and a couple of other L teles) is that the controls move a bit too easily. Oftentimes I find my IS accidentally switched off, or AF was turned off etc... The controls should be guarded or the switches could be a little stiffer.
Had to complain a little, it's a wonderful piece of glass otherwise.