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p.21 #1 · p.21 #1 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


First 2--400's have arrived in Australia picking mine up on Monday..


Jun 26, 2013 at 09:48 AM
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p.21 #2 · p.21 #2 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


I continue to be amazed at the clarity of some of these images. They are a tribute to not only the lens, but the photographer as well.

Nice work, people!



Jun 26, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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p.21 #3 · p.21 #3 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


I almost tripped over a 200-400L mounted on a 1DX yesterday. I was at the Wimbledon Tennis and I assume it was a Getty photographer, had just left it lying on the grass where people were walking. I asked him if I could have a look and he kindly obliged. I didn't see any others there, only 300 and 400 2.8's but I assume there must have been several other shooters with 200-400's.


Jun 26, 2013 at 12:38 PM
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p.21 #4 · p.21 #4 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


Is anyone hearing of other shipments from dealers in USA? I am on the wait list at bhphoto so particularly interested in their backlog.

Geoff



Jun 27, 2013 at 06:29 PM
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p.21 #5 · p.21 #5 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


Just wondered if anyone has replaced the 200-400mm lens plate with the ones from really right stuff?

Perry



Jun 28, 2013 at 07:47 PM
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pcho wrote:
Just wondered if anyone has replaced the 200-400mm lens plate with the ones from really right stuff?

Perry


Yes. I wasn't a big fan of the original Canon design. The RRS foot is much better for quick mounting on a tripod, but less comfortable to carry by hand. The RRS foot could be improved with padding to make it easier to carry.



Jun 29, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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dhachey wrote:
Yes. I wasn't a big fan of the original Canon design. The RRS foot is much better for quick mounting on a tripod, but less comfortable to carry by hand. The RRS foot could be improved with padding to make it easier to carry.



Thank you Dhachey. Mine is on the way

Perry



Jun 29, 2013 at 12:15 AM
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p.21 #8 · p.21 #8 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


I have had the Really Right Stuff replacement lens foot on my 200-400 since I first recieved it. The extent of the plate at the bottom allows for easy balance on a ball head or Wimberley with either the lens on its own, or with the 2X extender mounted, and also with either a 5D3 or a 1DX as the body. A pad might be nice for hand carry, but the rounded edges of the RRS plate are fine for me with my bare hand. If you were to use the Canon foot and add on a multi purpose plate, the lens would be a little higher than it is with the RRS dedicated foot, and I like that lower lens mounted height. The pad that is on the Canon foot to help a little with hand holding is kind of far forward, so the balance of the lens when hand held at the place where the pad is does not work out too well.

The only negative of the RRS foot I have noted is one that would be hard to fix. When you hand carry with the foot, the balance is such that you naturally would like to hold the foot a little further toward the rear of the lens, but the connecting support metal of the RRS foot is "in the way", so the lens balance is nose heavy. But to change that would require a different design with more metal further to the rear, and that would increase the weight and perhaps lower the stiffness.



Jun 29, 2013 at 02:58 AM
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Roland W wrote:
I have had the Really Right Stuff replacement lens foot on my 200-400 since I first recieved it. The extent of the plate at the bottom allows for easy balance on a ball head or Wimberley with either the lens on its own, or with the 2X extender mounted, and also with either a 5D3 or a 1DX as the body. A pad might be nice for hand carry, but the rounded edges of the RRS plate are fine for me with my bare hand. If you were to use the Canon foot and add on a multi purpose
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Thanks Roland. I can't wait to get both my RRS and 200-400 next week

Perry



Jun 29, 2013 at 03:10 AM
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p.21 #10 · p.21 #10 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


Fred has yet to add 200-400L to the FM reviews section, so that a few people who have got the lens may post their reviews in it.


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p.21 #11 · p.21 #11 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


Got mine its a little smaller than i expected.
Also the zoom looser than i thought it would be.
Cant wait to give it a thrashing!



Jul 01, 2013 at 10:11 AM
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p.21 #12 · p.21 #12 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


gcuff wrote:
Is anyone hearing of other shipments from dealers in USA? I am on the wait list at bhphoto so particularly interested in their backlog.

Geoff


I'm on the B&H wait list too. Don't hold your breath... I preordered the new 24-70 f/2.8 II in April last year, and I didn't get it until September.



Jul 01, 2013 at 03:25 PM
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p.21 #13 · p.21 #13 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


Had my first shots with mine yesterday.
Our local Pelicans where extremely unhelpful.
Refusing to fly only walk and spy on my efforts.






One or two seemed quite amused at my torment.












In short its smaller than i thought it would be and sharper.
Particularly when using the internal and external 1.4 attached.
Balance feels good.
Zooming while hand holding will need some practice.
I found setting the zoom to around 280 gave enough wrist movement given the long throw from 200-400 in either direction and worked quite well fir my first try.
I was using a Mk3 as my 1Dx's are in for the recall.
Overall i think half my lens collection is now unemployed and im very glad i never bought the new 500 to replace my Mk1.
When travelling(which i do a LOT of) and hauling lenses i think this lens will be the answer to many peoples desires.



Jul 03, 2013 at 01:01 AM
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p.21 #14 · p.21 #14 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


dehowie wrote:
Had my first shots with mine yesterday.
In short its smaller than i thought it would be and sharper.
Particularly when using the internal and external 1.4 attached.
Balance feels good.
Zooming while hand holding will need some practice.
I found setting the zoom to around 280 gave enough wrist movement given the long throw from 200-400 in either direction and worked quite well fir my first try.
I was using a Mk3 as my 1Dx's are in for the recall.
Overall i think half my lens collection is now unemployed and im very glad i never bought the new 500 to replace my Mk1.
When travelling(which i
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Thanks for update dehowie. That is one of the reasons why I did not update my verion 1 super lenses as usually travel by car to locations and not haul the super lenses for long distances. The 200-400 will be the so call portable lens. Looking forward to collect mine tomorrow

Perry



Jul 03, 2013 at 01:06 AM
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p.21 #15 · p.21 #15 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


Sigh!! Wish it were lighter.

Db



Jul 03, 2013 at 03:29 AM
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p.21 #16 · p.21 #16 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


Doctorbird wrote:
Sigh!! Wish it were lighter.

Db


Same here.....I could justify its purchase much more readily if it were 3 kg.
It's a very nice lens, no two ways about it, but frankly, the only feature which is likely to give me some effectiveness gain is the practically instantaneous "toggle" from 400mm to 560mm and back.



Jul 03, 2013 at 03:56 AM
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p.21 #17 · p.21 #17 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


Hi Geoff

I just now received an email that my lens is shipped from B&H. I ordered on 20th May. So it looks like there is movement.

Renier



Jul 03, 2013 at 03:58 AM
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p.21 #18 · p.21 #18 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


PetKal wrote:
Same here.....I could justify its purchase much more readily if it were 3 kg.
It's a very nice lens, no two ways about it, but frankly, the only feature which is likely to give me some effectiveness gain is the practically instantaneous "toggle" from 400mm to 560mm and back.


Pekal, isn't that the biggest advantage and what is was designed for. Sure there are compromises in sharpness but i dont think it will worry me. That is why i kept my series 1 super lenses and waited for this. It covers me for 200 right up to 560mm.

Perry



Jul 03, 2013 at 04:01 AM
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p.21 #19 · p.21 #19 · Hands-on: EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X


pcho wrote:
Pekal, isn't that the biggest advantage and what is was designed for. Sure there are compromises in sharpness but i dont think it will worry me. That is why i kept my series 1 super lenses and waited for this. It covers me for 200 right up to 560mm.

Perry


To put it another way: At the weight that it is, IF it were spec'd at f/2.8, I'd be more inclined to think about replacing my 400 II with it. Imagine, 200 mm f/2.8 to possibly 1120 mm f/8!! I'd prefer that trade off.

Db



Jul 03, 2013 at 07:22 AM
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Renier1 wrote:
Hi Geoff

I just now received an email that my lens is shipped from B&H. I ordered on 20th May. So it looks like there is movement.

Renier


Thanks for the update. I ordered mine from B&H on May 24th, so maybe there is hope to get it in time to get some reasonable usage out of it before the snow flies.



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