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| 1DX + 400 f/2.8 IS MkII Gone Fishing |
400 f/2.8 IS MkII is a hoot of a lens because it is...
+ sharp from wide open
+ its bokeh and subject isolation is addictive
+ I can finally use a 400 f/2.8 lens handheld for several hours without having to see a chiropractor afterwards.
I had some fun shooting the lens wide open the other day. In order to secure cooperation of my GB pijun model, I had to bait him/her with Koi fish. Koi is very photogenic because of its vibrant colours which also seem to facilitate their early capture by the pijun.
To help illustrate the lens traits, I have chosen some images which amplify narrow DoF, and also give you a bit unusual view of the bird.
Lastly, I almost get a daily question from our members as to which lens to choose: 400 II or 500 II. I really do not have a good answer there, all I can say is that 500 II is my most used lens largely because of its friendly weight. In addition, when more FL is needed, 500 II works nicely with 1.4xTC MkIII, which gives me 3.5 kg heavy 700 f/5.6 combo.....I think that is great.
All of the enclosed images are fair enlargement crops, very little pp ( 2 min per image), and they were shot as JPGs.