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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?

This was taken with a 100-400 and is sharp enough for me.

 

Valentino

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?

My 100-400mm is definitely a sharp lens and I have used it handheld on a 5D to capture aircraft in flight where you can count the rivets on the fuselage!

 

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This is uncropped (you can even see the nose of another Rad Arrow bottom left) & unprocessed apart from converting from RAW to jpg with a little sharpening applied.

 

Hope that helps?

 

-=Glyn=-

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?

The lens can be both very versatile & sharp BUT you'll need to learn proper technique. It's heavy at first, plus it will take a while to learn the push / pull zoom movement while being smooth Higher shutter speeds help too, but depending on what you're shooting & the light you may need to use lower speeds which again comes down to practice.

 

First sample will be the full frame followed by a tight crop.

 

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?

I have the 100-400 and just LOVE it. The push-pull in my opinion is much faster to zoom than a twist lens. I think it's incredibly sharp.  Here's one of my shots with the lens - no complaints here:

 

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?

I just got a refurbished 100-400L from the Canon direct site. I have been very happy with getting Canon refurbished lenses - they look absolutely new, and since each is checked by a technician before sale, I think they are often better calibrated then standard new stock. On my 5D mk II using FoCal to set the MA, my refurbished lenses have been within +/- 1 or 2. As far as being sharp, I agree, good technique is essential. I've had good luck so far handheld and expect future tripod shots to be fantastic. I actually like the push-pull zoom - smooth and easy to zoom from 400 on into 100 as the subject approaches.

 

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This was taken handheld at 400mm and 1/1600 at the Nellis airshow last weekend (about a 50% crop)

 

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This was taken handheld at 400mm and 1/400 at Spring Mountain Motor Ranch just outside of Las Vegas, NV a few weeks back. This is about a 50% crop.

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?

Owned it, it isn't all that sharp compared to others in the range.

 

The reason to go with it is if you need 400mm.

I would prefer the 70-200 f/2.8 L II myself, next would be the 70-300mm L.

If you know what length you need one of the L primes would be even better.

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?


@SusanK wrote:

I have the 100-400 and just LOVE it. The push-pull in my opinion is much faster to zoom than a twist lens. I think it's incredibly sharp.  Here's one of my shots with the lens - no complaints here:

 

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Incredible exposure, well done!

 

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?


@SusanK wrote:

I have the 100-400 and just LOVE it. The push-pull in my opinion is much faster to zoom than a twist lens. I think it's incredibly sharp.  Here's one of my shots with the lens - no complaints here:

 

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Wow...just wow! That's a stunning picture. Do you have the story on that one to share please?

 

-=Glyn=-

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?

^^^^Sure seems locked on target^^^^

 

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Re: Is the Canon 100-400mm a sharp enough lens?

I am in a similar situation. Since going to a full frame camera, the 70-300L is a little short for my needs but sharp as it gets. I am thinking about buying the 100-400L but having a couple of previous copies, it was never quite sharp. It was probably my technique with the 100-400 which has improved.
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