Sell 70-200, buy 100-400is?

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  1. Gordon @ Convergent AV

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    ANy thoughts? I got the 70-200f4l when I had my 350d but now I have my 5d it obviously doesn't seem as long....and when I had the 350d I had occassion to want an extender. Of course my 70-200 is only worth around £300 s/h I guess so it's going to hit me hard if I do it...has anyone done such a similar thing? Does anyone have a 100-400is and would like to comment on its quality?

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    h4rri had one, he's your man :)
     
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    I think he changed his mind about selling and has still got it.

    As for the quality of the 100-400 I tried one out back in march and was very impressed with it right up to 400mm.
    It's got a 2 stop IS system which should make it more usable than a non IS 70-200 although you obviously pay quite a price for it.

    The drawback for me, other than it's price tag, was the weight of it - it's twice the weight of your 70-200 f/4 L! It doesn't make it unusable but it can get annoying.

    I plumped for the 70-200 f/4 L IS in the end simply because I think I'll take it with me more often.
     
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    Iwent for the 300mm f/4 L IS instead of a zoom, as I almost always used the longest end of the zoom... I also got the 1.4x extender, so I'm using an equivalent of a 420mm IS lens on my 5D - and I'm really, really happy with it!
    I was thinking about one of the 70-200mm family, but decided that it would be too short, and I'd likely never make best use of the zoom range.

    /2p
     
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    Yep and as Tomato1 says I still have it :)

    The quality is amazing and the reach is great *but* I it is f/4.5 - 5.6 so not the fatest lense in the stable. I don't find this an issue too often, when it is I'm normally on a tripod so can raise the shutter speed :)

    Will dig out some shots for you if you like :)
     
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    Animal shots from Longleat all taken with the 100-400

    http://www.randomphotos.net/gallery/2692716#P-1-9


    More taken at Slimbridge Wetlands Trust

    http://www.randomphotos.net/gallery/2688672#142367572


    Can be used for portraits to if you don't mind zooming with your feet ;)

    [​IMG]


    These were all with the 350D and are straight out of the camera [only PP is a little cropping] but if you want a couple of 5D raws let me know and I'll head out to the garden ;)



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