Canon EF 400mm DO IS USM Mk1/Mk2 Owners thread

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I'd like to be the good samaritan Russ but I'm being a meany too (y):) the 400mm DO 2 is a top lens especially for us that like to have a mooch about, I'll keep my ears and eyes open for any 400 DO 2 lenses about, MPB did have one but not sure if its still available
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I'm looking to swap my pristine EF 300 f2.8 Mk2 for a similar quality EF 400 f4 DO Mk2 - please see my advert in the "Classified: For Sale or Swap" Canon section if you're interested.
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I'd like to be the good samaritan Russ but I'm being a meany too (y):) the 400mm DO 2 is a top lens especially for us that like to have a mooch about, I'll keep my ears and eyes open for any 400 DO 2 lenses about, MPB did have one but not sure if its still available
- Thanks Martin - you're both meanies! :p
- I've been in touch with MPB, and yes it's been sold - but they've put me on a waiting list should a good one appear. I'll buy if I need to, but would prefer to swap for my 300f2.8 if poss!
- great if you could keep your ears open too - much appreciated (y)

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HA the green meanies it does have a ring to it;)

Russ watch the black friday deals closely this next week. At the time I bought mine,almost exactly 2 years back the BF deal was offering around the same if not better as used prices, if memory serves 20%off. Plus 3 years warranty with canon and also interest free credit options. Also track Mifsuds(spelling?) down in Brixham and also LCE as other used options. I realize you want a straight swap ideally mate,but those deals gave me a better way in than second hand. Things might be different now ,but worth a ponder:) I tried to look last night but don't think they are announced just yet
good hunting!!
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No problems Russ I'll keep a look out for any potential 400mm DO mk2 lens for sale
- Thanks Martin - you're both meanies! :p
- I've been in touch with MPB, and yes it's been sold - but they've put me on a waiting list should a good one appear. I'll buy if I need to, but would prefer to swap for my 300f2.8 if poss!
- great if you could keep your ears open too - much appreciated (y)

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I'd be tempted to go the Mifsuds route at 5K, at least they should give you a good warranty.

You'll love it when you get it, Russ, I've had mine since they came out and wouldn't be without it.
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just looked and there are 3 on ebay, 2 of which are uk sellers and one is Mifsuds so give them a look
I'd be tempted to go the Mifsuds route at 5K, at least they should give you a good warranty.
You'll love it when you get it, Russ, I've had mine since they came out and wouldn't be without it.
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- many thanks gents for keeping an eye out for this lens for me; much appreciated!
- I really want to do a swap for my 300 f2.8 lens as a private deal on here if I possibly can. I have had an offer from MPB as a swap for a used 400 DO they had in, but their offer price for my excellent 300 lens was derisory!
- I'm in no hurry, as my 300 f2.8 + x1.4 works very well for me, but I want the extra reach and lighter weight / better balance of a 400 DO on my 1DXii for BIF in my advancing years!!

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Thought I'd post a couple of shots with the 400 and x2 converter...I find this combo great for relatively close shots in terms of sharpness, however at distances approaching infinity it's less so. These are all taken at relatively close quarters in the Maasai Mara, Kenya.


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African roller eating a poor unfortunate locust.....iso 160 800mmf8 1/800...100% crop..

and here's a serval looking for a meal!!


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Original shot...
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iso 1600 f13 1/1000 800mm

Mostly I use it with the 1.4 but I consider these fine for at least A3 prints.

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Actually when I look at them here they don't look quite as sharp as they really are, not sure why but I can send anyone the raw files if they want!!
 
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Out to the local Wildlife Park today for the first time to test my new DO Mk2. First impressions are great - nicer balance and lighter weight than my previous 300 f2.8 Mk2 on my 1DX2, and no need for a 1.4 TC to achieve similar "reach". Good image contrast - but not really had chance to test AF speed yet:

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Just need to get some BIF images later in week!

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So glad your pleased bro lovely frames, Russ tell me what happens when you shoot towards the light there's a difference withiin hilights

Mate, you know how you see something and your brain computes a weight and force required by your arm to lift that object. Every now and then the brain is waay off and the object one is picking up goes up much too fast. The DO does that to me I still try to pick up my 300 it's strange :LOL: has that crossed your mind or is it just me??

I'm really curious as to how you view the difference in AF speed between the two lenses both are mark II in you case and especially because you are sooooooo familiar with the 300 Russ. Bring on the BIF's

Ha you make some lovely pics mate;)
 
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I'm really curious as to how you view the difference in AF speed between the two lenses both are mark II in you case and especially because you are sooooooo familiar with the 300 Russ. Bring on the BIF's
Hi Stu
It's too early for me to answer your queries Mate as I've yet to use the lens much in anger! But so far, so very good - it certainly balances well even with a x1.4 TC attached to the "brick"(y)

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I know Russ I'm a bit premature,sorry bro................. I ought let you have chance to breath first:D I didn't mean now right away just while the transition is fresh. That's why I asked so soon you will be so aware of the differences for a while,but that will fade with time. Maybe not fade but become different

No pressure though buddy,it's just we have sort of arrived at a similar place via the use of fairly similar lenses,leastways while I've known you to speak to here and there.So i'm just plain interested in what your thoughts will be,ha, they are valued :p

But yeah I know give the guy a chance :LOL:
 
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Had a mooch T'other day looking for Marsh Harriers at my local reserve which I dipped out on, as usual at this spot their are a few Roe about, this female had seen me as I saw it ( we've all been their I think ), instead of trying to get a shot of her through the trees and grass, I carried on as if I hadn't seen her. Finding a gap further down the hedge I stood and waited, as she came around the bank to where I was I snapped a few shots, she could hear the camera but couldn't quite work out where I was. A bit close so I've cropped it to a profile image. Roe portrait 5-2-20 PC (1 of 1).jpg
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So glad your pleased bro lovely frames, Russ tell me what happens when you shoot towards the light there's a difference withiin hilights

Mate, you know how you see something and your brain computes a weight and force required by your arm to lift that object. Every now and then the brain is waay off and the object one is picking up goes up much too fast. The DO does that to me I still try to pick up my 300 it's strange :LOL: has that crossed your mind or is it just me??

I'm really curious as to how you view the difference in AF speed between the two lenses both are mark II in you case and especially because you are sooooooo familiar with the 300 Russ. Bring on the BIF's
Hi Stu, mate,
- I've now had a bit more use of my new camera/lens combo, but sadly no BIF yet - life just gets in the way! :(
- The local wildlife park (YWF) is just around the corner from me, so it's been a great location to test all the various settings and handleability of this great combo. I've not experienced the "picking up the 300mm lens effect" that you mention, perhaps because I now use the heavy 1DXii, whereas I previously had my (lighter) 7D2 on the 300 - those 2 different combos probably weigh similar? What I really do notice, however, is the better balance now when I handhold the 1DXii / 400ii combo.
- I tracked this Amur Leopard running at full tilt towards me at feed time - all 14 frames were spot on, and you can judge the sharpness of the head shot. (y)
- what I had previously read was some concern expressed online about the quality of the Bokeh compared to the 300mm, but so far I've not seen a prob.

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All the best Stu :)

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Russ, I wrote this big post to you by way of thanks and saw hundreds of owls on t 'ele.:) I rushed a PM off to Phil cause I thought he would love seeing it.......... and deleted me post to you at the same time:exit: Erm sorry mate

cheers for the above tis really appreciated you won't get that weight strange thing with a camera involved it's when I pick it up bare Russ say while cleaning.

Shooting the DO against the light especially with bright specular hi lights is the only place I see the boken as different Russ to my old 300 IS.

The Amur is a thing of beauty huh. It's profound to me that the same base species of cat ie leopard can be found so far north and south.

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....it's when I pick it up bare Russ say while cleaning.
- sorry mate, I missed the point about it being a bare lens weight comparison - but I never separate my birding camera from the long prime lens, neither do I ever clean my lens (it's always got a camo cover and lens hood on) !!! You must get into much dirtier locations than I do :p
All the best Stu

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Yup I'm a dirty stop out :LOL:

I think it's the low images Russ, that is the cause especially when it's really dry. I also have a camo cover on the lens hood at all times when not in use . I think the dust I see on the lens is mainly pollen,but a real dry summer will also mean dust. As you know I crawl about a goodly bit with the hares and deer,it's my proximity to the veggies going through not over the top which is my probable cause. Once I'm in the field I have ditched the cover

. They are good tools Russ I try to look after them to the very best I can I was told early on to be fastidious and try I to be. Ext changes are largely my reason to split body and lens. I'll do all I can to minise dust within a change. I'm not yet brave enough for sensor cleans But yup I strip her down regular to check for dust and get the hood off if I have any concerns after studying the lens before going out.. I always check the big end before going out ,a lesson hard won . I can also pick up the odd grass seed in the hood at times. I roll some brown parcel tape into a sticky out loop round my fingers to gently remove those, and any dust in the hood.

Russ, although as always, ya made me smile , talking about how the niche of image making affects our gear is actually very interesting . I grew up by the sea, I'd love to shoot waders..... yet me on a beach and the sand and the gear fills me with horror Ha throw in salt and ...... UGG

. These tools are not cheep but that value shouldn't stop them being used . It's me in the mud bro you're spot on, that's the cause . :D
 
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Ha advice........... no, not me mate :LOL: thoughts bro(y) Worth musing cleanliness with our gear Russ not something I've often talked to anyone about. I am no expert all ears to others opinions

One can guarantee in our game something magical would happen if me lens wasn't clean
All the luck with the flight images I suspect another storm will lay waste to my weekend again,so I know all about withdrawl symptoms wanna play hares buddy;) My season is officially open:D I'm like a coiled spring:LOL:

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Well mine's about to get a serious workout, it's off to shoot bobcats in California, and whales in the Sea of Cortez soon.
I'll use the 400+1.4 on one body and the 100-400 on the other so I don't have to change lenses much unless I've got real close ups
It's interesting to see that no one has yet owned up to ordering a mk3 Dx yet however...but that's a separate thread!
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