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| p.5 #4 · 400 f2.8 vs 400mm DO f4 |
Just took this image using the 400 DO @ f4 with the 5D3. Contrast was perfect almost straight out of the camera.
That is looking really good. I'm glad to hear that your impressions are positive.
I've never quite understood the "low contrast" complaint. When I first got my DO, I was prepared to have to make contrast adjustments to the files. After I took my first batch of pictures with the lens, my very first impression was that the contrast looked great, and I guessed that the issue only manifested itself in some shooting situations. If that is the case, I must not ever shoot in those situations because I process my 400 DO files in an identical fashion to the way I process the files from my 500/4, and, as I said earlier, without looking at the file information, I couldn't tell you which pictures were taken with which lens.
I'm often skeptical about assertions that there is significant copy-to-copy variation of a lens even though that claim is often made, particularly with the 400 DO and 100-400. I've come to the conclusion that the 400 DO is an excellent example of an internet phenomenon. When some people start sharing an opinion about a product, others, even without any experience with that product, start repeating what the first group said, and, eventually, when enough people have said the same thing, regardless of whether what they are saying is valid, it becomes "internet fact". As I said earlier in this thread, the 400 DO is the single piece of equipment that I have owned that I am least likely ever to sell.