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    Canon 100-400 Mk II test drive at Roma St Parklands

    Canon 100-400 Mk II test drive at Roma St Parklands

    I was very pleased with the performance of the 100-400 Mk II – it is an excellent optic.

    • The “eye of the dragon” was taken lying prone, approx. 1 ½ metres from the Eastern Water Dragon and shows remarkable image quality and resolution.
    • The EWD in the water was captured hand held at 1/80 sec, F5.6, ISO400 at the 400mm end of the fl range – very useful IS capability as I am not the best hand holder.
    • The Currawong was captured in the shade at 1/125 sec and although is not critically sharp, I was pleased with the results from the IS given this was a hurried shot.


    Some of my low-ish shutter speed dragon flies were soft due to movement of their perches (reeds) swaying in the breeze, something which IS cannot really address.

    All in all, an outstanding lens with excellent image quality, a very useful range of focal lengths, amazing close focus ability and very capable IS.

    Cheers

    Dennis

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    Sure is, Dennis!

    Is the 1st a heavy crop? What maximum reproduction does that lens give?
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    You've got to be happy with those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ameerat42 View Post
    Sure is, Dennis!

    Is the 1st a heavy crop? What maximum reproduction does that lens give?
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    Hi Am

    Here is the full frame so you can visualise the cropped region of the eye. I think the “macro ratio” is 1:0.3.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lance B View Post
    You've got to be happy with those!
    Hi Lance

    Thanks, I appreciate your comments.

    For Canon users, I suspect that this lens can effectively replace the Canon 300mm F4L and 400mm F5.6L, and one might even include the canon 70-200 F4L, so now I can carry one lens and not three!

    Cheers

    Dennis
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    very nice Dennis, you'd have to be happy with that clarity, let alone the need to only carry one lens instead of 3
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    Nice shots Denis, dang the shadow on the lizards nose in #4. What body have you got the lens on?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Filter View Post
    Nice shots Denis, dang the shadow on the lizards nose in #4. What body have you got the lens on?
    The body was a 5D Mk III and the AF is very impressive with that combo.

    Cheers

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    Looks like they took an excellent lens and made it better, mind you, I reckon your ability might have quite a bit to do with the end result Dennis.
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    Quote Originally Posted by I @ M View Post
    Looks like they took an excellent lens and made it better, mind you, I reckon your ability might have quite a bit to do with the end result Dennis.
    Hah – thanks Andrew, I appreciate your nice words, but I’m afraid I am just the dumb operator!

    All these images have been processed with the Topaz Labs Plug Ins (Adjust, Detail & Noise) to display the range of data to make it “look the best” (based on my personal taste) on my screen.

    The original Raw files are relatively muted (as no in-camera processing is applied), although I might run a couple through DPP (the Canon app) and see how the straightforward jpg outputs compare, as I could save myself a lot of processing!

    Cheers

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    Looks like this lens is definitely one to add to my wish list !!!

    Amazing captures !!!
    I choose to capture my images with bodies
    I share my love using Canon & Sigma
    ** SUE **

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    Quote Originally Posted by nardes View Post
    All in all, an outstanding lens with excellent image quality, a very useful range of focal lengths, amazing close focus ability and very capable IS.
    Nice Lens with great wildlife capturing capabilities as you have shown.

    Thanks for sharing the pics.

    P.S #2 ftw, nice composition.

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