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Ralph Conway
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p.3 #1 · p.3 #1 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


Hm ... ! The three I tested where razor shap full opened over the whole zoom range. I bought one and was faszinated about that lens. I sold it after 3 years, because I realized, I did not use it more often then 10 % after I bought a 24-105. I wich it back today.

If I would be sure, the body is fine, I would send it back, too.



Feb 01, 2012 at 10:11 PM
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Ralph Conway wrote:
Hm ... ! The three I tested where razor shap full opened over the whole zoom range. ...If I would be sure, the body is fine, I would send it back, too.


It could be operator error. (First day with a new lens; hand holding in dim light; etc.) I'll do some more shooting with it, under more various conditions, and see what I come up with.



Feb 01, 2012 at 10:19 PM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


Your shutter speed is too slow if you test your new lens.


Feb 01, 2012 at 11:01 PM
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p.3 #4 · p.3 #4 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


But with 4 stop IS should be OK. I have handheld mine at slower speeds with crisp results. The shot above looks front focused to me.


Feb 01, 2012 at 11:09 PM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


Your using spot metering @ f/4 which is ok if it is on the subject...maybe using the lower focal point?

Jefferson



Feb 01, 2012 at 11:15 PM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


Super old picture from my old white friend - 70-200 f4. It doesn't see much action nowadays because of the 135L. But it is a great lens.

http://alai.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v0/p601716299-4.jpg


http://alai.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v0/p564806672-4.jpg


Birdy pic

http://alai.zenfolio.com/img/s11/v33/p137119592-4.jpg


A cool shot where my daughter was running towards me. The USM tracked focus very well.

http://alai.zenfolio.com/img/s9/v14/p153266657-4.jpg


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Feb 01, 2012 at 11:29 PM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


galenapass wrote:
...The shot above looks front focused to me.


Yep; as noted above, most of my shots were. I'll be doing a formal focus test and possibly MFA this weekend.



Feb 02, 2012 at 01:14 AM
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galenapass wrote:
But with 4 stop IS should be OK. I have handheld mine at slower speeds with crisp results. The shot above looks front focused to me.


But not when testing a new lens. And especially not with a subject that are alive and can move.

Just because it's possible to shot handheld at 1/80 when using a 150mm lens, you don't do that when testing it for sharpness wide open



Feb 02, 2012 at 02:07 AM
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galenapass wrote:
But with 4 stop IS should be OK. I have handheld mine at slower speeds with crisp results. The shot above looks front focused to me.


Lars Johnsson wrote:
But not when testing a new lens. And especially not with a subject that are alive and can move. ...Just because it's possible to shot handheld at 1/80 when using a 150mm lens, you don't do that when testing it for sharpness wide open


Just to be clear, I wasn't formally testing the lens. The zoo lies between the camera store and my house, so I stopped by for a few hours just for fun.

As I said, I'll be doing an actual test this weekend; SpyderCheckr, SpyderCube, SpyderLensCal, Manfrotto tripod, the works.



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galenapass wrote:
...The shot above looks front focused to me.


Jefferson wrote:
Your [sic] using spot metering @ f/4 which is ok if it is on the subject...maybe using the lower focal point?


I brought up the image in DPP to check what focal point was active, but they all show. Maybe there's a setting in DPP I didn't set right, or maybe I'm doing something wrong on the 7D; I'm almost as new to that camera as I am to the new lens.

However, none of the focus points is on the foreground, so it seems to me it should have not front focused.








Feb 02, 2012 at 03:56 AM
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p.3 #11 · p.3 #11 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


I would go with center weighted averaging and select which focal point you want with that type of shot about 1/200th or so...don;t use a 7D but whaever the equvilant would be...Those are great lenses...if it doesn't do right, send it back to Canon or exchange for a new one which ever would apply...

Jefferson



Feb 02, 2012 at 04:17 AM
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p.3 #12 · p.3 #12 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4






My old photos(taken around 2005) shot with 10D and 70-200 f/4 (non-IS).
My 1Ds and 70-200 f2.8 had to stay home because I got tired to being the last guy to board the plane and losing the overhead storage.

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Feb 02, 2012 at 04:33 AM
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Feb 02, 2012 at 04:38 AM
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Jefferson wrote:
I would go with center weighted averaging and select which focal point you want with that type of shot about 1/200th or so...


What difference does the exposure metering method make with regard to focus?

Also, you're not often going to get 1/200 out of an f/4 lens on a cloudy afternoon in the woods in Seattle in January unless you up the ISO quite a bit over ISO 200, and I didn't want to use high ISOs.



Feb 02, 2012 at 09:58 AM
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p.3 #15 · p.3 #15 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


I love the 70 - 200 f4. Lightweight and lovely to handle. Here's a recent portrait I took with it. Shot with 40D




Feb 02, 2012 at 11:37 AM
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p.3 #16 · p.3 #16 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


and my non human contribution

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Feb 02, 2012 at 11:39 AM
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p.3 #17 · p.3 #17 · Show us your portraits with 70-200 f/4


BrianO wrote:
What difference does the exposure metering method make with regard to focus?

Also, you're not often going to get 1/200 out of an f/4 lens on a cloudy afternoon in the woods in Seattle in January unless you up the ISO quite a bit over ISO 200, and I didn't want to use high ISOs.


I donít think the exposure method would make as much difference (in your shot) as where the focal point is.

You were using spot metering, and I thought you might have selected the lower focal point because of the part of the image that was in focus.

You are already shooting wide open, so going to maybe ISO 400 would get the shutter speed up some if you wanted. ISO 400 is not all that high (donít think you would see much noise if any with the 7D).

My dog on the back porch is at ISO 100, wide open, Av, lower focal point, spot metering and I got 1/50, but it was also shot at 12:30 PM, Sasha was late afternoon with some clouds, center weighted average, and ISO 400, both on an old 5D classic.
I try and use the lowest ISO I can get away with for the shot.

The dog on the porch is just laying there...Sasha was moving. Two different conditions.

All shots are hand held.

My main thought, was where the focal point was and that it was not on the subject. I have acccidently changed mine (I shoot spot metering for motorsports).

Last shot (not with the 70-200), low ISO...spot metering (center point)...1/60 (Tv)...I use spot in the motorsports shot because of the changing background...lets me take my metering and my focal point on the subject

Jefferson






  Canon EOS 5D    EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens    135mm    f/5.0    1/200s    400 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D    EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens    200mm    f/4.0    1/50s    100 ISO    0.0 EV  






  Canon EOS 5D    EF300mm f/4L IS USM lens    300mm    f/10.0    1/60s    50 ISO    -0.3 EV  




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