New 400 f5.6 L arrived and first images captured

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Earthlight Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
New 400 f5.6 L arrived and first images captured

Some time ago I started a thread about my tele conundrum:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=41050340

I ended up getting the much loved and trusty 400 f5.6 L. Here are the first images that I captured today:

I was at the very limit of the minimum focusing distance all the time and missed one (presumably) great shot due to the 3,5 meter minimum focus distance but that's no biggie: the lens performs admirably! I was shooting at ISO 640 due to the heavy cloud cover but the lens seems like a huge performer.

I will test critical focus and the limits of the lens in better light but so far I am impressed! I used my cropper body for these shots. Will try full frame some other day. The first one is uncropped and the rest are only cropped very little.

Earthlight

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Hank3152
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Re: New 400 f5.6 L arrived and first images captured

Nicely done...........it's a great lens. I couldn't get any exif data......were you wide open? If so, sharpness will improve around f/8
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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: New 400 f5.6 L arrived and first images captured

Hank3152 wrote:

Nicely done...........it's a great lens. I couldn't get any exif data......were you wide open? If so, sharpness will improve around f/8

Oh, seems like my gallery host is losing EXIF again... darn. Anyway, all of these were captured at full bore, I don't want to stop this baby down. I love the bokeh it creates.

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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
One more

This lens makes me want to shoot more birds!

I can hardly wait for clear skies, crescent moon and stacking TCs on this baby.

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njralston Forum Member • Posts: 98
Re: One more

I'm renting the 400 f/5.6L plus TC's 1.4 and 2.0 for a week on Wednesday to evaluate for purchase. Now you've got me excited. Thanks for posting your pix. Beautiful.
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Collett Veteran Member • Posts: 5,018
It's hard to beat....

It's hard to beat.... this lens in terms of value for long telephotos. Indeed, the relatively far away MFD is the only issue I have with mine.

Earthlight wrote:

Some time ago I started a thread about my tele conundrum:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=41050340

I ended up getting the much loved and trusty 400 f5.6 L. Here are the first images that I captured today:

I was at the very limit of the minimum focusing distance all the time and missed one (presumably) great shot due to the 3,5 meter minimum focus distance but that's no biggie: the lens performs admirably! I was shooting at ISO 640 due to the heavy cloud cover but the lens seems like a huge performer.

I will test critical focus and the limits of the lens in better light but so far I am impressed! I used my cropper body for these shots. Will try full frame some other day. The first one is uncropped and the rest are only cropped very little.

Earthlight

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GeoffE Regular Member • Posts: 124
Re: One more

Very interested in hearing your opinion after using the TC's

Great shots...thanks for posting.

-G

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Mike Engles Regular Member • Posts: 238
Re: One more

Hello

What camera were you using and what shutter speed and aperture Are you using a tripod are are you hand holding??

It looks like you are using a set as the birds are very cooperative, sitting on the same part of the branch, perhaps a snack keeps them happy!
I have just got one of these, but can achieve no consistency with my 5D2.

Mike Engles

Schwany
Schwany Forum Pro • Posts: 10,058
I like the lens effex thing going on in these images

I haven't taken the time to figure out the plug-ins I have that do that. Tasteful

Looks like the lens is working.

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VueFinder
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Re: I like the lens effex thing going on in these images

wow.

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GtoJon
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Where is the cat picture????

Love the images you have captured .... love the first one!!!! Very very nice job!

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Vernon D Rainwater Forum Pro • Posts: 13,188
Re: New 400 f5.6 L arrived and first images captured

Earthlight wrote:

Some time ago I started a thread about my tele conundrum:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read.asp?forum=1029&message=41050340

I ended up getting the much loved and trusty 400 f5.6 L. Here are the first images that I captured today:

I was at the very limit of the minimum focusing distance all the time and missed one (presumably) great shot due to the 3,5 meter minimum focus distance but that's no biggie: the lens performs admirably! I was shooting at ISO 640 due to the heavy cloud cover but the lens seems like a huge performer.

I will test critical focus and the limits of the lens in better light but so far I am impressed! I used my cropper body for these shots. Will try full frame some other day. The first one is uncropped and the rest are only cropped very little.

Earthlight

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Very nice and detailed photos. The images appear "unusually" sharp" to me.

What sharpening have you applied in camera settings as well as post processing (and if RAW) during Raw processing/conversion.

Only one "off color" comment: If you were exposing Images of Pretty Ladies, you would have to stand "way back-far away" with that lens -- [Gron]....
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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: One more

njralston wrote:

I'm renting the 400 f/5.6L plus TC's 1.4 and 2.0 for a week on Wednesday to evaluate for purchase. Now you've got me excited. Thanks for posting your pix. Beautiful.

I think you are going to love it! It is small and light and what a performer!

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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: One more

GeoffE wrote:

Very interested in hearing your opinion after using the TC's

Great shots...thanks for posting.

Thanks, I'll have to try that soon. I think This lens is going to work well with TCs.

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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: One more

Mike Engles wrote:

What camera were you using and what shutter speed and aperture Are you using a tripod are are you hand holding??

This time I used my cropper backup to get extreme detail via pixel density. So, 60D, on a tripod, full aperture, between, say 1/200s and 1/500s, mostly ISO 640, at times ISO 320.

It looks like you are using a set as the birds are very cooperative, sitting on the same part of the branch, perhaps a snack keeps them happy!

Yes, there is still snow on the ground and I have been feeding these all through the winter. Some of them have just appeared as the spring progresses. I shot from a hide even though generally the birds are not really afraid of me. But this time I was really really close.

I have just got one of these, but can achieve no consistency with my 5D2.

Oh, that's too bad. What sort of an inconsistency do you experience with it? Off the top of my hat I would suggest trying it it plenty of light, practise the focus, use a tripod just to make sure. IF your tripod is not sturdy and even if it is, maybe use a cable release and mirror lock-up to see whether it is impossible to get good consistency.

Good luck!

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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: It's hard to beat....

Collett wrote:

It's hard to beat.... this lens in terms of value for long telephotos. Indeed, the relatively far away MFD is the only issue I have with mine.

Indeed, had they made it, say 2,5 meters this lens would be mind blowing but even as it is it is pretty easy to fill the frame with small birds. The one's I shot are quite tiny.

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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: I like the lens effex thing going on in these images

Schwany wrote:

I haven't taken the time to figure out the plug-ins I have that do that. Tasteful

Huh? Maybe I am missing something but no plug-ins were used. Hehe, I'm probably just dumb enough not to get the joke.

Looks like the lens is working.

Yes Sir it is! I love it already. I am so happy I ended up getting this one.

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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: I like the lens effex thing going on in these images

VueFinder wrote:

wow.

Thanks!

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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: Where is the cat picture????

GtoJon wrote:

Love the images you have captured .... love the first one!!!! Very very nice job!

Thanks man, this lens makes is so easy.

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Earthlight OP Veteran Member • Posts: 3,180
Re: New 400 f5.6 L arrived and first images captured

Vernon D Rainwater wrote:

Very nice and detailed photos. The images appear "unusually" sharp" to me.

Oh, I see.

What sharpening have you applied in camera settings as well as post processing (and if RAW) during Raw processing/conversion.

I shot RAW and did not touch the default sharpening in conversion (ACR 6.6). In Photoshop to the online images I did "smart sharpen" to taste.

Only one "off color" comment: If you were exposing Images of Pretty Ladies, you would have to stand "way back-far away" with that lens -- [Gron]....

So true!

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