Jkw777
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Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 4:31 pm

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 Big grin) 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  Big grin)

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!

Best Regards,

Justin Wood  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 4:43 pm

"Did any of you have to return it for a chronicle problem?

"Excuse me, I'm returning this lens. Damn thing doesn't take any pictures, but it sure writes good stories."

Nice one Justin, you get some great stuff from your existing setup; I look forward to you and Chris having many bazooka duels  Laugh out loud
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 4:45 pm

Justin

I have just beaten you too it.100-400L added to my D30 just two weeks ago  Wink/being sarcastic

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  Wink/being sarcastic

There will be many photographer here that can give you better advice than me on the lens. I'm a newbie.

Cheers

Gary

 
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 5:07 pm

"I really need to get to LGW "

No no Gary, don't do anything silly now  Wink/being sarcastic

I think Canon should offer a.netters discounts on the 100-400 seems everyone cant get enough if it!

Ben Pritchard
 
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 5:07 pm

Just go and buy it and stop worrying... Park Cameras are probably as cheap as anywhere.

Andy
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 5:09 pm

Ben

I will give you the lens to try it out when I am down...ahem, if I come down, oops  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 5:16 pm

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...
Eduard
 
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 5:18 pm

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  Smile

Alex
 
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 5:21 pm

Gary,

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.

Cheers


James
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 5:29 pm

You've made me want one now. I might see about geting one in the US this summer as all the lenses seem so much cheaper over there  Smile


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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 6:01 pm

Sulman

If you mean, for example:

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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Gary Watt - AirTeamImages


Yes, that was with the 75-300 IS

Still a great lens and I don't have plans to sell this one off.

Cheers

Gary
 
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 7:49 pm

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.

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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 8:17 pm

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.

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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 8:56 pm

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.
 
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Wed May 26, 2004 9:27 pm

I have just beaten you too it.100-400L added to my D30 just two weeks ago  Wink/being sarcastic

Damn you Mr Watt  Laugh out loud I can't believe those shots were with the 75-300! Nice work  Smile

Seems Park Cameras have it at £1169.00 which is considerably cheap-ish!

Just go and buy it and stop worrying...

I think I saw you last Saturday, did you see my Rolls Royce parked up at the 09L spot?!  Laugh out loud I'm not minted so I gotta know what I'm wasting my money on  Big thumbs up

Cheers for the help guys,

Justin  Smile
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RE: Canon 100-400 L IS, Advice Required :-)

Thu May 27, 2004 5:09 am

jkw,

I know a UK retailer that sell them for less then a £1000 (aprox £950)...

PM me (Y!) and I'll let you know.

Thanks,

Aaron
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