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I may not be using my EF 400mm f/2.8 IS MkII very much throughout the year, as its use is kind of seasonal, but when I do, it's a festive occasion ! The lens is very similar in performance to 300 f/2.8 IS MkII, just that it is much heavier and with a shallower DoF, and of course, it reaches a bit farther.
Last year I've done a lot of early morning photography with the lens, mostly in the fall.
Here's a little portrait series of my pet Black-capped night herons. The juveniles' names are "Nightingale" and "Stieglitz". Unfortunately, despite the use of low light capable gears, I couldn't get enough of a stopping action for fish strikes, as they are done lightning fast, and no artificial light source was used. Granted, I could have gone a couple of stops higher with ISO, but then IQ would have taken too much of a hit for my taste.
All of these shots were done with handheld 1DX + 400 II mostly wide open, and ISO 3200.
The shots were taken on different days, therefore the light quality, and level to some extent too, varied a fair bit from one to another.
Edited on Apr 07, 2017 at 12:26 AM · View previous versions