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| p.1 #8 · Upgrade from 200 2.8 and 100-400 to a 300 2.8? |
I posted a few weeks ago about getting a 100-400 and selling my 200 2.8 for motorsports. I have not yet sold my 200 and have used my 100-400 just once at the Silverstone Classic a few weeks ago. It was great to be able to get closer with the zoom but...
To be honest, I wasn't really impressed with the 100-400. When I got home I had a surprising amount of OOF shots, even when stopped down and panning at anywhere between 1/15 - 1/1000. The shots were both back and front focused. I use a Canon 5D2 so not sure if its the camera or the slow lens AF that just can't keep up with fast motorsport. Either way, I did't find the in focus shots that spectacular anyway. I've compared the photos I got from last years Classic when I was just shooting a 200L on a 1Ds2, and they were great in comparison.
Also the small aperture of the 100-400 doesn't open up as many opportunities for varying shots, e.g. thin DOF isolation to stopped down panning. I felt that all I could do was pan as shooting wide open didn't isolate enough and led to pretty dull photos.
I've started eyeing up the possibility of a used 300 2.8 IS even though it is way out of my price range. I've began thinking if I sell the 200 and 100-400 the upgrade cost wont be so painful. But I was supposed to sell the 200 to fund the 100-400 so I need someone to tell me to stop and give up the super telephoto idea and leave the motorsports to the pros. I'm just a hobbyist and really enjoy shooting, but only if I'm getting decent photos. When I compare my shots to pros, its obvious I need a faster longer lens. But I'm not sure where to draw the line! Sell up and just watch, or splash out and have a go with a telephoto?
Spooky, I was up at the Silverstone classic on the Sunday, Like you I shoot for my own enjoyment, shooting motor sport is something that gets better over time and practise, also you get to know the best spots to shoot from over time, at the end of the day you will have to choose to splash the cash, if you do get a faster lens (f2.8) this will help when shooting through the fence. But remember it is always difficult from the wrong side of the fence, plan your day according to where the sun will be as this can make a big difference when shooting through the fence. Strangely an overcast day can help a lot, the air is cooler, less disturbed by the hot tarmac on a sunny day.
I shooting with my 300L 2.8 IS with x2 convertor and the results were great at this weekend classic. But a few years ago I used to shoot with a 5D classic (mk1) and the 100-400L and the result were not to bad at all, although for Silverstone reach was a problem as the track seems to get further away with each years
If you have a look at some of my galleries: http://www.kentt.co.uk a lot of the early one (before 2010) were shot with 100-400L
If you want a direct comparison, let me know and I'll dig through them and find to similar shots taken with the different lenses.