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Reviews by johnf3f

Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Better IQ than the Mk1, closer focus, works well with a 1.4 extender
Cons
  • I need to use IS, don't like the new lens caps and prefer push-pull zoom.
Had mine a little while now and I must say that I am rather happy with it. Considering it's price/weight/aperture I consider this to be an excellent lightweight all purpose telephoto zoom.

The IQ is not quite as good as my big whites true, but it is not far behind and it is a much smaller/lighter and VERY much cheaper lens. AF acquisition and tracking are very good on both my 7D2 and 1DX and good for birds in flight. The short minimum focus distance is nice and handy for Reptiles, larger insects, flora etc - a significant improvement on the Mk1.

The newer IS system is great but I do find that I need to use it with this lens whilst I don't need IS with much longer lenses - strange, perhaps it is just me? Personally I preferred the old style push pull zoom of the previous model but the Mk2 is a much better lens so I can live with this quite happily!

Overall an excellent piece of kit at not silly money! Slap a Canon 7D2 on the back and you have an excellent, portable wildlife setup. Don't forget to add a Canon 1.4 Mk3 extender + a (AF) cheap extension tube and you are covered for most things out there.
Recommended
Yes
Price
0$
Pros
  • Resolution, Autofocus, high ISO, battery life etc.etc...
Cons
  • PRICE! Weight
I have had my 1D4 for over a year now and can thoroughly recommend it. It's not perfect - nothing is! The price is rather steep and the weight seems unnecessarily heavy to me, though the tank-like build inspires confidence. To me the most impressive attribute of this camera is it's combination of resolution and speed. The speed is no better than the 1D3, though the AF seems to lock on faster - this is an impression as I have no way of measuring it a 9 or 10 FPS! The resolution is a marked improvement on any other DSLR I have tried. There are plenty of cameras with higher pixel densities or higher pixel counts, however this means little or nothing -to most bird photographers you can never get enough focal length so, unfortunately, some cropping is frequently necessary and with this camera one can be fairly vicious and still get top quality A3 prints. Some don't like the 1.3 crop - I do! As a do it all format I prefer it to my full frame nearly all of the time and this sensor is quite a leap in quality over any of the 1.6 crops I have tried.
There is quite a steep learning curve with this camera and I am still well down the ladder - but the images are GREAT!
If you can afford one get one, if not sell a Kidney - that's why God gave you two!
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