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DHACHEY, a fellow FM Member, was kind enough to meet me today and allow me to take a few test shots with his new Canon 200-400 lens. The reason I am posting this in Sports is that I mainly shoot sports and am debating whether to get this lens or the 400/2.8 version II.
I checked out the 400/2.8 last fall through CPS so I was very grateful for this opportunity to spend 10 minutes with the 200-400 to compare. I very carefully shot some guys playing tennis (through the fence) with my 1Dx attached.
There are plenty of wildlife sample shots with this lens but not as many sports shots so I thought a few here might be interested in seeing some of these.

I still haven't made up my mind between the 400 prime and the 200-400 but I I was very impressed with quality of the shots I got (even through the fence). For me, it will come down to the loss of a stop of light (I shoot a lot of HS field sports at night . . . ) and the flexibility of the zoom. After using it today I think I am thinking that the ability get a good shot in frame might outweigh the loss of the stop.

I am attaching a full, un-cropped shot and then a 100% crop.

Andy





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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    200mm    f/4.5    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    200mm    f/4.5    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    200mm    f/4.0    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    200mm    f/4.0    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Jul 13, 2013 at 10:43 PM
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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    343mm    f/4.0    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    343mm    f/4.0    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    400mm    f/4.0    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens    400mm    f/4.0    1/1250s    320 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Jul 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT lens    519mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    640 ISO    +0.3 EV  







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  Canon EOS-1D X    EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXT lens    519mm    f/6.3    1/1250s    640 ISO    +0.3 EV  




Jul 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM
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p.1 #4 · Canon 200-400 test shots


Hi Andy,

Glad to be of assistance. WOW, those are incredibly sharp shots. Good framing and action. I suspect this lens will quickly become a favorite among sport shooters.

Cheers, ...Dave



Jul 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM
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p.1 #5 · Canon 200-400 test shots


Very sharp! Thanks for sharing. Were these handheld or were you using a monopod to support the lens?


Jul 13, 2013 at 11:42 PM
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Thanks Kenneth, I was using Dave's tripod with Wimberly head - very nice set up. I usually used a monopod with my 300 for field sports so I suspect I would with a 200-400 as well.
I think you could hand-hold but you would need to practice holding and zooming with one hand (while the other is holding the body and activating the shutter). I found it difficult when I tried for a few minutes - it is a heavy lens. I think it would be easier to hold the 400 2.8 II even though it is a half-pound heavier because you wouldn't need to zoom.



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p.1 #7 · Canon 200-400 test shots


you guys are really talking cool


Jul 14, 2013 at 06:19 PM
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p.1 #8 · Canon 200-400 test shots


Man I wish that thing wasn't so CRAZY expensive... looks like my 400 and me will have a long life together.


Jul 16, 2013 at 12:56 AM
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TheDoc65 wrote:
Man I wish that thing wasn't so CRAZY expensive..


nice "thru the fence" shots but at $11,000 it's completely out of my league !





Jul 17, 2013 at 10:53 AM
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p.1 #10 · Canon 200-400 test shots


I use the Nikon 200-400 all the time, so I would highly recommend it. Now the huge difference in price that Canon is charging for their version of the lens just doesn't seem right to me ($11,799). For that you could buy a Nikon 200-400 ($6,750) and pick up a D4 ($5,995) for almost the same price.


Jul 22, 2013 at 01:21 AM
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Steven King wrote:
I use the Nikon 200-400 all the time, so I would highly recommend it. Now the huge difference in price that Canon is charging for their version of the lens just doesn't seem right to me ($11,799). For that you could buy a Nikon 200-400 ($6,750) and pick up a D4 ($5,995) for almost the same price.


I hope to use it for HS field sports (Soccer, Football, Lacrosse . . .) which in my area will be at night under lights most of the time. Do you use yours for that? Some of the fields I shoot are dark in the corners and I have to push up to 12,800 ISO with a 2.8 aperture lens on my 1DX which is fine. But with this lens I probably won't even bother with the corners unless I am desperate . . . I hope the flexibility of the zoom will allow me to get more shots in the better-lit areas of the field to make up for the loss of the stop.



Jul 22, 2013 at 01:25 AM
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p.1 #12 · Canon 200-400 test shots


I've been fortunate to not have to shoot in those darker lighting conditions, but when I need to shoot ISO6400 it's not an issue due to the D3/D3S great high ISO response. The lens is very clean and very sharp, so at f/4 all you lose is one stop of light, no other quality is compromised. When you meter correctly for the athletes and their jerseys you'll be alright.


Jul 23, 2013 at 01:02 PM





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