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G'day all..
Picked up my new 400 a few days ago and found a huge bonus that no-one has commented on.
Yes the IQ is stellar at 2.8 and yes it's way lighter than the previous one.

However to me the biggest bonus that I have not seen one comment on is how much better balanced the lens is.
Previously hand holding a 400 2.8 was a trial at best with a massively heavy font element making it very tiring very quickly.
Well for me other than he amazing weight reduction the center of gravity is now right where you hold it making it extremely easy to hold and swing around chasing fast targets.
An amazing achievement by the Canon engineers and to me the best feature of the new lens that sets it so far apart from its predecessor..



Jan 20, 2012 at 02:07 AM
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Congratulations! Sounds like a superb lens.


Jan 20, 2012 at 03:37 AM
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how much lighter is it?


Jan 20, 2012 at 03:44 AM
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It's like 35-40% lighter but when combined with the balance change it feels more like a slightly heavier version 1 300/2.8 to use..
Very nice piece of kit...



Jan 20, 2012 at 03:55 AM
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dehowie wrote:
It's like 35-40% lighter but when combined with the balance change it feels more like a slightly heavier version 1 300/2.8 to use..
Very nice piece of kit...


Wow, I might consider picking one up now that you say this. I'm going to have to check one out to see how it feels. If it feels anything close to my 300 2.8 that would be amazing. Congrats on that beast.



Jan 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
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Regardless of the reduced weight and/or better balance, I am still not handholding the beast . I don't mind using a monopod though. My favorite support for this or any other superteles is still a tripod with a Wimberley . The age is showing..... loud and clear .


Jan 20, 2012 at 04:19 AM
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artsupreme wrote:
how much lighter is it?


It's 1,520g lighter.



Jan 20, 2012 at 05:16 AM
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Congratulations De, I must say the new 400 2.8 sounds very interesting. Is it possible to see some shots of the lens and even better some shots taken with it. Thanks in advance



Gregory




Jan 20, 2012 at 05:17 AM
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HinGreg
I havn't done any serious stuff with it yet just been testing it or focus and IS testing.
Will be out this weekend.
Having only used but not owned the series 1 400 I won't really be able to judge from a difference perspective.
However I already see its very very sharp at 2.8 but that really is to be expected.
Like I said the big surprise to me is how well it handles compared to the I.
Significantly superior for hand holding which I mainly do with all my super teles for day stuff.
The IS seems very solid and provides an extrelemy stable shooting platform when combined with the better balance. Did one tests at 1/10th to 1/25 ith excellent results.
Impressed but so I think I should be based off its dollar value..



Jan 20, 2012 at 05:32 AM
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dolina wrote:
It's 1,520g lighter.



Wow, okay can someone please post the weight of the original and the new version? I can't search for it at the moment. 3.3lbs lighter seems like quite a bit, as if they just removed the weight of a 1DmkIII and an 85 1.8 off the end of it correct




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artsupreme wrote:
Wow, okay can someone please post the weight of the original and the new version? I can't search for it at the moment. 3.3lbs lighter seems like quite a bit, as if they just removed the weight of a 1DmkIII and an 85 1.8 off the end of it correct


Version 2 (3,850g)
Version 1 (5,370g)

To put it in perspective that's almost the weight of the 2010 Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (1490g)



Jan 20, 2012 at 05:55 AM
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dolina wrote:
Version 2 (3,850g)
Version 1 (5,370g)

To put it in perspective that's almost the weight of the 2010 Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (1490g)



Damn! No wonder why it's 11.5K. Thanks for the info.



Jan 20, 2012 at 06:00 AM
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Yes that's correct the new one is 3.85kg which is almost a kilo lighter than the Nikon one.
The original was over 11 pounds the new one just over 1.5kg lighter...
Big big difference



Jan 20, 2012 at 06:01 AM
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Darren
just saying hello from Temora....
I have this lens poor cousin, 400 5.6 but very happy with it..
how is it up north now ?

regards Gerard



Jan 20, 2012 at 06:04 AM
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Yup, over 3lbs or 1,520g lighter than the previous version.

Here are some real life test shots.... BTW, I did PP on my images, basically in the same manner as I would display images on my galleries. The sequence got messed up. Sorry! The crop is from the last image .



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Crop from above

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/5000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





AGeoJO 2011


Sandhill Crane using 1.4X TC Mark III

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM +1.4x lens    560mm    f/4.5    1/4000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





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Early morning flight after spending the night in frozen water

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens    400mm    f/5.6    1/640s    1600 ISO    0.0 EV  







Full size

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens    400mm    f/2.8    1/5000s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jan 20, 2012 at 06:04 AM
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dehowie wrote:
Yes that's correct the new one is 3.85kg which is almost a kilo lighter than the Nikon one.
The original was over 11 pounds the new one just over 1.5kg lighter...
Big big difference


Not as big as the price difference.



Jan 20, 2012 at 06:08 AM
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Here are three more test shots; the first two with a 2X TC Mark III and the last one taken with just the lens.



AGeoJO 2011


With 2X TC

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2.0x lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





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With 2X TC

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM +2.0x lens    800mm    f/5.6    1/3200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  





AGeoJO 2011


Bare lens

  Canon EOS-1D Mark IV    EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens    400mm    f/3.2    1/8000s    800 ISO    0.0 EV  




Jan 20, 2012 at 06:41 AM
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artsupreme wrote:
Damn! No wonder why it's 11.5K. Thanks for the info.


I am unsure if you are being sarcastic or not but the sports photogs I know are looking forward to upgrade as this means for the same gear set they will carry less weight on the plane and to various venues. Looking at this another way iit also means you can bring more gear without going overweight.

$11500 will drop after August.





Jan 20, 2012 at 07:32 AM
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AGeoJO wrote:
Here are three more test shots; the first two with a 2X TC Mark III and the last one taken with just the lens.


Incredible shots Joshua!!!



Jan 20, 2012 at 10:57 AM
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Incredible sharpness at 100%. Canon's new telephotos are truly amazing.


Jan 20, 2012 at 12:10 PM
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