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Scott Stoness wrote:
PetKal: The only trouble is that when you switch 1.4x off and zoom wide to 200mm, you forget to think about whether you are too close. So zooming wide is great but you have to make sure you don't smell the bears. I had to keep both eyes open to watch the 4 bears at 200mm.

DB: It is not light but I can tell you that given it size it is easy to get in and out of the car quickly which for bear photography is reassuring. I am used to using the 600 so it does not feel
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This advantage would certainly apply to any creatures that would be averse to humans, including some humans themselves.

BTW. I suppose that the 200-400 lens is in the parfocal category. Can you comment on how well it does in this respect? Can it be zoomed during burst mode, provided one is adept enough to perform the machinations?

Db



Jun 14, 2013 at 06:23 PM
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Bones74 wrote:
I'm sure there are a few people who don't have the lens (yet) who'd like to see an Unboxing


Thanx Stu......you may wish to hear a lens review.



Jun 14, 2013 at 07:11 PM
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PetKal wrote:
Thanx Stu......you may wish to hear a lens review.


Well, a picture is worth a thousand words. I wonder how many a long video is worth, especially to those not multilingual.

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Jun 14, 2013 at 07:31 PM
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PetKal wrote:
Thanx Stu......you may wish to hear a lens review.


I saw this, thought "Over an hours worth of review, fantastic!" then... ah well

Here's one for Ralph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svVKVf-ILH0



Jun 14, 2013 at 07:41 PM
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Doctorbird wrote:
Can it be zoomed during burst mode, provided one is adept enough to perform the machinations?

Db


I'd say one might be able to track and fire at a large target, and zoom at the same time. However, with a challenging moving target I just do not see it.



Jun 14, 2013 at 07:43 PM
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Bones74 wrote:
Here's one for Ralph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=svVKVf-ILH0


You know, this might come as a news to you, but I think that German and Swedish are somewhat different languages, therefore, Ralphie might not be able to comprehend the video's spoken word.



Jun 14, 2013 at 07:48 PM
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PetKal wrote:
You know, this might come as a news to you, but I think that German and Swedish are somewhat different languages, therefore, Ralphie might not be able to comprehend the video's spoken word.


Ey that was Swedish? and to think I actually did a year of German at school



Jun 14, 2013 at 08:03 PM
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The next generation 200-400L IS + 1.4x II will have AI Servo Zoom and a dedicated Servo Zoom processor… with a “Zoom” button on the lens.

It will be sharper than the current version I and will come with a pack of 20 Canon logo embossed Band-Aids…



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Bones74 wrote:
Ey that was Swedish? and to think I actually did a year of German at school


So did I......the net effect being that I can still pronounce "Zeiss" and "Porsche" kind of correctly....which puts me ahead of 99.999999 % of native English speakers.



Jun 14, 2013 at 08:13 PM
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PetKal wrote:
So did I......the net effect being that I can still pronounce "Zeiss" and "Porsche" kind of correctly....which puts me ahead of 99.999999 % of native English speakers.


"Porsha" I've been all over YouTube looking for an English language review of the lens, but I've found nothing yet. Might have to rely on Dan Carr once he's had a chance to test his new lens.



Jun 14, 2013 at 08:24 PM
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PetKal wrote:
You know, this might come as a news to you, but I think that German and Swedish are somewhat different languages, therefore, Ralphie might not be able to comprehend the video's spoken word.


It sounded a bit more familiar than the chinese (or what else) one mentioned before.
But it gave me an idea of how big this lens is. And I again just decided to reduce my equipment to a 6D body, BG, a 24-70 2.8 Tammy VC and Canons 70-200 4.0 only wich would cover about 95-98% of my needs and around 150%-200% ( ) of my wishes ...



Jun 14, 2013 at 09:02 PM
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Access wrote:
How do you know? Were you photographing it or something?


He did the wiping 😄



Jun 15, 2013 at 02:22 AM
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some more wildlife sample shots from 200-400 here http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1220363

here are my cleaned up grizzlies that I posted here previously http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1220115

and some more 200-400's http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1220687

For my preferred subjects (big mammals) I think 200-400 is close enough in quality to 600 that the differences are obvious:
- similar quality
- great quality on both with 1.4x (1.4iii vs 1.4 internal) - not visually noticable
- zoom vs no zoom
- f5.6 vs f4 at 600
- more compact vs not
- similar weight

- as compared to 100-400 L, the only advantage is weight [the 100-200 is not useful for mammals) for 100-400 - the 200-400 is a joy compared as long as you are strong. I suspect women will be less strong and still prefer the 100-400 (3.5lbs vs 8lbs is considerable) or 400 5.6L. Its amazing to look through 5dii w 100-400 vs 5diii w 200-400 - the 200-400 is so much brighter and if you look at thedigitalpicture.com or lensrentals.com blog, the iq is way noticable. And in my view, up until now for big mammals close in, the 100-400 was the best available for features.

To copy what I said in the nature post, with respect to 200-400 vs 600 v2:
Observations are:
- quality is so close [600f4 v2 vs 200-400]that only the obvious conclusions are available
-600 w f4 is one stop faster than 200-400 w 1.4int - not a profound observation, but 600 on 7d lets you get far away and not disturb the animals. And most good photography ocurrs at dusk or dawn so it matters.
- So close in 200-400 is better but 600 is better when they are further away and you don't want to scare them in the bush.
- the combination of 600 and 200-400 is superb
- Other that I have already said:
- 200-400 is same weight as 600 about
- switching back and forth to 1.4 is really easy
- in the car the 200-400 shines because it does not hit the mirror etc like the 600
- its hard to hold and zoom because its heavy and one hand is on shutter and one hand holding and the zoom is stiff but I am happy and am willing to lift weights to condition for the challenge (I am 6'2" and 230 lbs so 90% of my work with 600 is handheld, 5% on monopod and 5% on tripod already on 600 f4)



Jun 15, 2013 at 05:02 PM
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outlawyer wrote:
Hood not included?

When I look at the lens I don't see an excellent zoom of odd range; rather a 1Ds III, 100-400L, 70-200L II, 300 2.8L, 85 1.2L, and a decent car to haul them around in.


Cheapskate! :-p



Jun 19, 2013 at 03:20 AM
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sure looks like an amazing lens, but (like many others) I'll be more than happy shooting my 500mkI until someday i become a full-time soccer/football/baseball photographer outta the blue =)


Jun 19, 2013 at 05:46 AM
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SICK


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