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So I ran out and bought the Mark II of Canon's F/5.6 100-400 when it appeared a bit over a year ago, and at this point I can say that if you've been thinking of buying it... do it. I shot this in near darkness from about 160 feet without a tripod.

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So why is this so neat?  Well, again, near darkness and nearly 200 feet.  (That's 95.3 kilograms for our European friends.)  Second, 400 mm at 1/80th second.  Oh, and handheld.  (And ISO 1600, but much of the credit for that goes to the body.)

I love my original 100-400 (and would be terribly sad if someone wanted to purchase it for, say, $750 plus shipping and handling... very sad, and heartless people who want a great lens should email me [smile] ) , I almost never had any luck beating the "don't shoot a 400mm picture in more than 1/400 second" rule. 

In contrast, the IS on the MK II is (unscientifically) four or more stops better than the stop or two than I got from the IS on the MK I.

What's that you say, you still aren't amazed?  How about one morning when the fog had just lifted from the river and I saw splashes about 300 feet upriver?  I quite honestly just put the camera on AV and F/8, kept the ISO at 400 and basically just pressed the shutter.


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That is a double crested cormorant who's been bobbing and weaving to get a needle-nosed garfish in its mouth, and fractions of seconds later, succeeds:

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Lots of fast action, crappy light, 400mm and 1/500 second.

Look, if I had more money and bigger biceps, I'd get the F/4 500mm, but I don't, and if I DID, I'd think twice about packing it on a road or air trip.  This thing?  Not at all.  And I got some amazing pictures on the Saltees Islands with Nathan and Aidan last July with the 1.4 MK III teleconverter.


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Agreed about the 100-400 mark II. This one was taken at the Kia Oval Cricket Ground in London last year during a Canon open day when you got to play with all the 'big whites' [smile]

This was shot with a 1DX and 100-400 mark 11 @ 400mm, ISO 640 at 1/1000 sec.

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Nice, Stuart!
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