Should I Get the Canon EF 100-400 L USM II

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  1. photoflyer

    photoflyer TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    When others post similar threads I have found the responses informative so here is mine.

    First, I travel a fair amount so I would buy the lens with miles through the airline catalog. While not free and a fairly poor value for the miles, it will not be a cash purchase. I have a lot of miles.

    Second, I shoot everything from landscapes to sports inside and out to portraits, wildlife and everything in between. And, somethings on the same outing.

    Third, I have a full frame and APS-C.

    Fourth, I already have the 70-200 2.8 L, 300 f 4 L , 24-105 f 4 L and the 1.4 and 2.0 teleconverters.

    I like the 1.4 teleconverter but the performance of the 2x is not as good for, I think, obvious reasons.

    My thinking is that I can get what is apparently a very sharp and versatile zoom for low cost and by doing so cover, on the full frame alone, cover a wide range of shots with just the 24-105 and the 100-400. In fact, if I had it last week while in South Africa, those thee items are all I would have taken.

    What do you all think?


     
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    Get it, it's a superb lens, very sharp with a really useful focal length. The MFD on it alone makes it a great close up lens. It'll do a bit of everything and it'll do it well.
     
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    Depending on the sport, the 24-105 + 70-200 + 100-400 will have most of the sports covered.
    And wildlife seems to always want a LONG lens.
    So, since it is a non-cash purchase, why not.
     
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    photoflyer TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Ok, I think I will do it. I was just concerned that with the 70-200 2.8 there might be to much redundancy but I really think that with this lens on the full frame and the 24-105 I can cover 80 percent of what might present itself on a "walkabout". Low light being problematic. I don't like to be frivolous.
     
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    I generally consider 2x the lower FL as where the next lens should be.
    The 100-400 gives you that 2x over the 70-200.

    The overlap between the three lenses simply gives you the ability to pick the best of the three lenses for any particular shoot.
    I have some serious overlap on my lenses, but I reasoned out each lens (besides GAS), so they made sense to buy.
    On another forum a guy replaced his 12-40 + 40-150 with a 12-100.
    I have the 12-40 and 12-100, and just bought the 40-150.
    Despite the overlap, the lenses perform very different in different sports/events.

    For me, having more choices lets me pick the best (most appropriate) tool in the tool box.
     
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    I would get it. For about 15 years I had the old Nikon 80 - 400 as well as a 70-200 F2 8 or an 80 to 200 F 2.8 AFS. I found the 80 to 400 very versatile on crop frame and on full frame. On crop frame the 80-400 has some real reach and on full frame it was a decent lens, but not spectacular. I expect the Canon 100-400 is better.
     
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    photoflyer TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    Ok. You all convinced me. I just ordered it. Unlike B&H it will take two weeks to get here. It's going to be a painful wait.
     
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    One accessory that might be useful is a 12 to 25 mm extension tube. I think you might be able to get some pretty darn good close-up shots from 5 to 10 ft using pure focal length and the lens stabilization feature. I used to use the old 80-400 with a 12mm Kenko AF extension tube and it was extremely good on a crop frame. I made quite a few good pictures using the extension tube, which made it quite useful for outdoor close-up type photos. You could use either the 1.4x converter or the extension tube and your 300 mm prime lens in a similar way.
     
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    Let us know how you like it. Have fun!
     
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    Well, Christmas came early (or late?) and it arrived. It was late in the day and overcast. I went to a park where I see Osprey and Bald Eagles but they were absent. I did get these. I am really excited about this lens for outside sports and wildlife. The conditions were not ideal and the ISO on these was up to 3200 and the shutter as low as 1/500th but it was 6pm and cloudy.

    Thanks everyone.

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    Looks good! It will be a good lens for field sports like soccer and Lacrosse and also for baseball and softball.
     
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    These look great!
     
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