My Canon 100-400L F4.5-5.6 IS has arrived!

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by rabbitl1, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Well it's a rental, but I've got it for the next week, and so far, this thing is awesome! I'll have it at the track this weekend for the ALMS race. The first impression it made on me is how heavy it is. There's something like 21 glass elements in it, so it's not suprising that it weighs a lot. It's gonna take some getting used to for panning, but it shouldn't be a problem.

    It's also different in that it uses a "push-pull" mechanism to adjust the focal length. I thought it'd be annoying, but it really isn't at all.

    I can't wait to get out to the track with it on thursday!
  2. i have a powershot 700 welcome to the club (of awesome pictures club)

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  3. I got a PowerShot A650IS which is good enough for 95 percent of the pics i take.
  4. The lense didn't come with a manual though, so for people who have used similar ones before, I've got a few questions. There are 2 settings on the IS, what is the difference between the two? Also, there's a setting with 2 settings, 1.8M & 6.5M. Is that referring to the relative distance the subject is away from you?
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  6. One for vertical only stabilization and the other for both horizontal and vertical stabilization.

    And yes 1.6 meter to 6.5 meter or 6.5 meter to infinity
  7. oh that second feature is pretty neat, less searching. I wish I had that on my 70-300. I was at the airshow and had such a hard time getting focus lock on those small jets on the bright sky
  8. My non-IS 70-200mm can do it too
  9. most proper tele lenses do it.
  10. I've been considering this lens. It's either this or a 70-200 2.8. I'll have to rent one too I guess. Any test shots?
  11. I didn't get home from work til it was dark, so not yet. I'll get some tomorrow though.
  12. Obviously Nikon is better.
  13. Do you know setting is which is which?
  14. no
  15. #15 Captain Obvious, Oct 13, 2008
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  16. its 1.6m to infinity, and 6.5m to infinity.
    one allows you to focus through the whole range, the other allows you to lock out the closer focus distances, which makes the AF work faster because it only has to hunt through half the range. use this for shooting cars.
  17. Yea, I mean with IS Setting 1 and 2 though.
  18. I think IS 1 is usually the vertical only. That is the one you want for panning. Otherwise use the vert/horizontal one.
  19. setting 1 is both vertical and horizontal, setting 2 is vertical only.
  20. nah, when using IS for panning you should use #2.
  21. So which is which?? I'm hearing people saying both...
  22. #22 Speed Demon, Oct 14, 2008
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  23. I dont have this lens on the lens, but generally Setting 1 is both axis, and setting 2 and 3 [if you have it] are panning settings.

    Thats the way ive always seen it.
  24. Instead of asking us, go out and try panning on some passing cars/objects, to get a feel before you need to success on track side.

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