Your impressions of the Canon 100-400mm L IS?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Triplenickle, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. Triplenickle macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2005
    I get my 100-400mm next week and want to make sure it is a "good copy".. any suggestions/experiences with this lens?
  2. valdore macrumors 65816


    Jan 9, 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri. USA
    I have one... totally fantastic lens. Although handheld at 400 mm even with IS activated can still be problematic. Sometimes I'll bump up the ISO speed to get a faster shutter. But, overall I love this lens.
  3. compuwar macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2006
    Northern/Central VA
    I've only shot with one sample, it's about what you'd expect for a prosumer zoom of this class- good quality images until you compare it with pro glass in the same focal length. It's push/pull focus, so some folks complain it drags dust into the body.

    IMO, Photodo has it right on:

    Here's a good review/comparison with the 400/5.6 and Bigma:
  4. Triplenickle thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 10, 2005
    Thanks for the replies so far. I have the 70-300mm IS now and wanted more reach and better IQ. We will see soon if the copy is a good one.

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