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EF 200-400mm f/4L IS - Best Wildlife Lens

MichaelDanielHo
Frequent Contributor

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens with EOS-1 D X Camera

 

This revolutionary and versatile wildlife lens has been released. I have taken delivery now and have written a preliminary review of this production lens. Once I have put it through a few wildlife photo shoots, I will write a more detailed review. This lens is a wildlife photographer's dream when used with the EOS-1D X camera. Take a look at my review below. Keep checking back.  MichaelDanielHo.com

 

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens Review

 

Canon EOS-1D X Camera Review

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Alright, you started it. Dueling Canines on the tundra. Don't you just love watching and photographing bears? Visit my website to see more Bear photography. http://MichaelDanielHo.com

 

Dueling Canines - Polar bears sparing

Wow, what a shot. Amazing photography from an amazing lens. Love the photos on your website and the review of the lens. Apparently EISA agrees.

 

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Artistlin
Occasional Contributor
Dang, now I have to go out and shoot some more bears...not and unhappy thought.

CanonUser
Frequent Contributor

No kidding. With wildlife sightings like this, I love to tag along.


@Artistlin wrote:
Dang, now I have to go out and shoot some more bears...not and unhappy thought.

Better hurry up and find more bears. I just came back from a Polar Bear shoot in Hudson Bay. The EF 200-400mm f/4L and the EOS-1D X are performing nicely for me. Visit my website to see more photos. 

http://MichaelDanielHo.compolarbear74.jpg

Artistlin
Occasional Contributor
Nice one! I am heading up in that area next year...I hope my photos are as fun as yours!

CanonUser
Frequent Contributor

Bring me along, either one of you guys. I can carry the gear and spot the wildlife. So jealous of your trips and equipment. 

Hi Artistlin. The EOS-1D X and EF 200-400mm combo continue to dazzle me especially now that there is a major firmware upgrade to the camera. This article from Canon Digital Learning Center will help to clarify the new enhancements of Firmware 2.0.3
 
 
I have loaded the new firmware and had only a limited opportunity to put it to a vigorous test but have noticed it caused a couple of mysterious Error code 80. Nothing too serious, just shut the camera down, reinsert the battery and it went away.  I visited an Elephant seal rookery last week and photographed the pupping season but there were not a lot of fast moving wildlife. The zoom capability of the EF 200-400mm and the built-in extender really worked well as I weaved my way through the colony. The sunlight was harsh and the scenes were extremely backlit but the lens experienced no flare and worked like a charm. This is really an amazing piece of glass. 
 
In about a couple of weeks, I will be going to Maui for a whale photo shoot and that will be the real test of the new firmware to see whether it is an improvement photographing breaching whales and fast moving dolphins. Also, I have been using Case #1 more and more since I find the other cases offer minute differences without much distinction. MichaelDanielHo.com
 
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Artistlin
Occasional Contributor

Hi Michael, Thanks for your update. I am heading to the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo this week myself (if I can kick this cold), but will be bringing my 100-400 4.5 L IS with me. I am saving up for the 200-400 ...someday. Did you use a tripod while shooting? I use a 5D Mark III for the body...love that camera!


@Artistlin wrote:

Hi Michael, Thanks for your update. I am heading to the elephant seals at Ano Nuevo this week myself (if I can kick this cold), but will be bringing my 100-400 4.5 L IS with me. I am saving up for the 200-400 ...someday. Did you use a tripod while shooting? I use a 5D Mark III for the body...love that camera!


I have just returned from a whale photo shoot in Maui. Put the EOS-1D X, loaded with the Firmware 2.0.3, through a vigorous field test. The camera and EF 200-400mm f/4 lens came through with flying colors. It locked on the breaching Humpbacks with little difficulty, even in minimally contrasting scenes. Read my review of the lens here. Because I was riding in a fast moving zodiac, using the EF 200-400mm handheld was quite a challenge since the combo weighs about 11 pounds. I have to rest often since my arms get tired easily. http://MichaelDanielHo.com

 

Humpback Whales - The Ultimate Flying Machine