sleekjet
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The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Fri Oct 08, 2004 2:23 am

Since I've owned my 70-200 f/4 L for all of 5 months now, it is certainly time to upgrade. I don't want to spend more than $1500-1700...and at that it will take many months of saving.

I thinking in terms of the 100-400 IS L. But I don't want to invest this much dough and then get the urge to upgrade 5 months later.

So is it the 100-400?
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LHRsunriser
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Fri Oct 08, 2004 3:25 am

Hi,

Phew you aim high. That is what i could only wish for. I don't know how the 100-400 compares to the 70-200. I always thought the 200 was extremely good when hearing from others.

Dom
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timdegroot
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Fri Oct 08, 2004 3:51 am

I own the 70-200 2.8 and while it's an amazing lense for slides, it just sucks for digital, 200mm is just not enough to get the shots I want.

Tim
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:10 am

Having owned the 100-400mm IS lens for three months now, I love it. Everything you want in an av lens.
Plus, it fits in your price range.
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ckw
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:41 am

In terms of image quality, the 70-200 beats the 100-400 by some way. If you want to retain image quality and increase your range, you need to be looking at primes.

The 300mm f4L is in your price range, and with a 1.4x convertor will give you 400mm and still retain the quality you're used to.

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Fri Oct 08, 2004 5:04 am

Tim,
Even though the 1.6 multiply gives 112-320 on digital? I am thinking of the 100-400 IS and also the 70-200 non IS with 1.4 converter that only loses one stop on the 2.8

John
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Tin67
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Fri Oct 08, 2004 3:06 pm


I had a 100-400 and a 70-200f4. Both nice lenses. I wasn't keen on the 100-400 as I really didn't like the push pull zoom, which does act a little like a vacuum cleaner as dust does get inside eventually. I aslo found "my one" a little soft at the long end wide open. Others seem to be better so maybe mine was a bad apple.

The 70-200f4 is a great lens, light and produces great results, but limited on it's own.

I sold both and bought a 70-200f2.8 IS and a 300 prime. The 70-200f2.8 is an excellent lens that I use a lot with and without the 1.4x extender. I did have a Sigma 300 f2.8 that produced great results but mine fell apart after 5 months and I managed to take it back recently and now have a Canon 300 f4 IS.

In your situation I'd keep the 70-200 and if you want to get the longer reach buy the 300f4 IS. It's much lighter than the 100-400, and produces better results at 300 and 420 when a 1.4x extender is added.

Martin


 
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Fri Oct 08, 2004 4:32 pm

ciao guys,

why not go for the Sigma 110 - 300mm 2.8 HSM ? i own it, and I am totally satisfied .... , it doesnt have a kind of IS , but with a aperture of 2.8 u might not need it .... , the HSM is equivalent to the USM .....

ahhh, small thing u Canon guys might not like its a black lens, and Canon guys are normally very proud of thier grey lenses ...

also got extremly sharp images with a attched 2x converter .....

Robin

[Edited 2004-10-08 09:33:51]
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Tin67
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Sat Oct 09, 2004 2:59 am

ahhh, small thing u Canon guys might not like its a black lens, and Canon guys are normally very proud of thier grey lenses ...

I am Canon through and through, but was persuaded to go to the dark side and a black lens. I tried the a Sigma 300 f2.8 EX HSM, great results but terrible build quality. Back to white and pleased I did.

Martin





 
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Sat Oct 09, 2004 3:55 am

When I leave this earth I want to be buried alongside my Canon 600 F4  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Sat Oct 09, 2004 4:28 am

Hell Mark, you could probably be buried IN a 600 f4  Smile

Cheers,

Colin
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Sat Oct 09, 2004 4:47 am

Not that i know anything, but i photograph along side with a guy who I think glued his 100-400L IS onto his camera.... very versitile! And one day he put his 2x converter and got some amazing nose close-ups!

I think I will get that lense in the future when i see it fit to spend some $$$

Grant
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RE: The Ultimate Canon Aviation Lens

Sat Oct 09, 2004 5:51 am

Colin wrote:
Hell Mark, you could probably be buried IN a 600 f4

I would say the case that comes with the lens is big enough......  Big grin Big grin

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