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Canon 100-400 L Is?  
User currently offlineWolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 411 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4808 times:

Hey!
I just started spotting Planes. I've been at Stauning, Denmark, last year and took some Pictures of the Museum's flightday. I took them with a 55-200 Lens, and it was ok.


Last Week and also today, I was at Frankfurt Airport EDDF. And the Problem is, 200 is not enough.. So I thought about buying the 100-400 IS.
Limit is 1500€.

What do you think? Is this a good choice?


Face your fears, live your dreams! (No Fear)
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User currently offlineMrk25 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 225 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4800 times:

The 100-400 is well up there with the most popular aviation photography lenses, if not the most popular. Some have a slight softness at 400mm. Mine never leaves the camera. I can only say good things about them.

User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 4789 times:

Quoting Wolverine (Thread starter):
What do you think? Is this a good choice?

Good choice? YES!

But if you are just starting I would say buying a L-Lens is a bit too much if money plays a roll. Go for a cheaper lens on beginning and buy better equipment later. Wouldn't be good for you to recognise that photography isn't your "passion" with an expensive lens in the bag. What camera do you have?

1500€ should be possible in Germany
http://www.guenstiger.de/gt/main.asp...=315972&pdetail=2#ankermehrpreise2

georg


User currently offlineJeffM From United States of America, joined May 2005, 3266 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4783 times:

Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 2):
Go for a cheaper lens on beginning and buy better equipment later.

Terrible advice in my opinion. Why try and handicap the guy? You can pick one up for less then $1500.


User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4777 times:

I got mine under €1,300 in Germany, and I have no softness problems at 400mm f/5.6. Even put it on a 1D Mark II N today with the 1.4x and on 560mm f/8 it was much better than one would believe!

So, answer is yes. And I agree with Jeff.

[Edited 2007-06-22 01:30:05]

User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 4765 times:

In the states you can get it for about $1300 I have no idea what shipping would be to you, but it was only $26 accross country for me..


http://www.amazon.com/Canon-100-400m...=electronics&qid=1181415251&sr=8-1

Go ahead and pick me up one while your at it =)


User currently offlineRCoulter From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 555 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4754 times:

I love mine! Mine is even sharp at 400mm  Smile

User currently offlineCarlos From Germany, joined Feb 2006, 225 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4724 times:

I also use the 100-400 - its a great lens!

Greetings Klaus


User currently offlineWolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 4684 times:

Hey!
I've got the Canon EOS 350D.. I love using it, and I've got a lot of Pics showing the Nature and Animals, or Buildings, or something else.. The Idea, spending a day at the Airport, just taking Pictures of the planes,is a new one.But it's fun.



Face your fears, live your dreams! (No Fear)
User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4697 posts, RR: 50
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 4680 times:

Quoting JeffM (Reply 3):
Terrible advice in my opinion. Why try and handicap the guy? You can pick one up for less then $1500.

It's not as bad as you think. Wolverine said he was a beginner, and starting out with a 'simple' 70-300 let's you learn where the limitations are, and what you actually want. An investment for the 100-400 is huge!



For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3149 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (7 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 4671 times:

Quoting JRadier (Reply 9):

Thanks, you should never forget that it's just a hobby. how often are the guys here critised for buying an expensive gear shooting without any knowledge, uploading here and blaming the screeners for getting pics rejected like "My camera and lens cost 2500€ so my pics can't be bad"

How far down has Anet brought the hobby. Youngsters starting with L-Glass and others living just for the site and their uploaded pics.....SAD.

Imagine that you still can take the pics for you and not just for Anet.

georg


User currently offlineWolverine From Germany, joined Aug 2006, 411 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4661 times:

There's no reason to worry, Guys! I've tried uploading 2 Pictures earlier, in last summer. They where rejected..
So, this is just the second time, I'm trying getting 2 Pics in the ANet.. If they get rejected too, I'll try again another time.
At least, I take these Pictures for me, some of them I host at Online Albums at Canon Image Gateway.
I love Photography since I was a 8th Grader at School, when we had some Lessons in Photography.

I also thought about buying the Sigma 170-500, but a lot of People told me, not to buy it.. One said, it was the worst Lens he ever had..
I really don't know...



Face your fears, live your dreams! (No Fear)
User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Reply 12, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 5):
I have no idea what shipping would be to you, but it was only $26 accross country for me..

It's not only the shipping that he should worry about, it's also customs. Sure, sending a DVD overseas is not usually a big problem. But sending a big package with an expensive price tag will most definitely attract custom's attention who can easily apply an import fee on it.

Tony



Nikon: we don't want more pixels, we want better pixels.
User currently offlineAero145 From Iceland, joined Jan 2005, 3071 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 4627 times:

please delete

[Edited 2007-06-22 16:04:26]

User currently offlineScottieprecord From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4606 times:

I bought my 100-400 for quite the same reason. My 70-200+1.4 didn't have the reach I wanted, so I upgraded. Even if you are a beginner, you can build up your skills using this lens probably easier than you could using cheaper gear. There's no reason to buy worse gear if you're willing to invest the money for the good stuff.

-Mike


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