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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2008 4:12 pm 
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First up, this is a very heavy lens! I know this is typical for most white-barrel lenses, but personally I'm not used to it yet. Carrying the lens on left hand while holding 400D with the right earns me a painful wrist in 10 minutes or so. Maybe 5 minutes if a Speedlite is mounted as well.

(See my 17-40mm L user report for a summarised intro)

When in normal operation, I find this lens focal range a little short, because I'm used to the 300mm max focal length of my own lens. However, I must say the quality totally makes up for that.

Being f2.8, it is great for concerts with low light. I didn't really test DOF so I am not too sure about the bokeh capability.

Although a quick check at Amazon.com via the PG banners said that the f4 version was around 3 times cheaper, it might be wise to invest in the lens that works better in low light i.e. wider aperture.

I didnt need IS because I found many people can hand-hold telephoto lenses steadily at up to 200mm, but of course with not too long a shutter speed; the lens truly is heavy.

Because of its sheer weight, it takes some time and nerve to mount the lens(via tripod mount) on the tripod. Also requires a steady tripod otherwise the whole darn thing is gonna collapse. Highly recommend users stay away from ballheads - the risk of smashing your lens on the tripod legs is not worth it.

Build-quality wise, its again, rigid metal, expected of an L lens. This adds to the weight but I really think its good; you never know when your lens will be knocked around.
Also, the zoom and focus rings are 'average' of the L lenses I have used.

Optical quality, I did not really test because of limited use but I will update this thread as needed.

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SnS, i am confused, i most have missed a few posts...Why did you use some canon gear, when your a [why is there no name for sony users, like nikonians, and canonites?] sony user :?: :?:

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I was about to say the same thing...when did you get a 400D? lol!

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Perhaps he was trying out a friends gear? ;)

Just like i've been shooting with a D70 and 70-300 VR lately.. ;)

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2610ksj wrote:
Perhaps he was trying out a friends gear? ;)

Just like i've been shooting with a D70 and 70-300 VR lately.. ;)


I dont beleive its his own either, as he prob of would have updateded his signature

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If you read is 17-40 review you will see the 400D he uses is his schools media club one.

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Ah, so that explains it =D Thanks Roy!

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Yep, Roy is correct.

My school uses Canon for most of its cameras.

We mainly use 400Ds, but somehow a Pentax *ist DL popped out of nowhere recently(but heard it was in my school a while ago)

Love the L lenses :D

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Lucky school ;)

The college I'm going to uses nikon because the good canon gear costs to much :(

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Hehe thanks, but I wish we were luckier.

3 working 400Ds with their kit lenses, a 17-40mm L, a 70-200mm L and a single Speedlite 550EX doesn't seem to suffice (for our Canon DSLR-related stuff)
And furthermore the media club is deprived even more if ANY school staff feel like loaning anything out.

SnS :?

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SCREAMnSHOUT wrote:
Hehe thanks, but I wish we were luckier.

3 working 400Ds with their kit lenses, a 17-40mm L, a 70-200mm L and a single Speedlite 550EX doesn't seem to suffice (for our Canon DSLR-related stuff)
And furthermore the media club is deprived even more if ANY school staff feel like loaning anything out.

SnS :?


Well is this a college or the equivalent to an american high school :?:

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I think its the equivalent of a high school. Student population of around 1000-2000.

I'm 14 years old this year, in my 2nd year of secondary school.

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College education here is above american school education I think.

College stuff is usually 1st or 2nd year university level (HNC, HND anyway)

I dunno what Nikon kit they have, didnt go into detail about that.

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College (in the UK) is an optional replacement for six form (a levels).. they quite often do the lower tear degre's at colleges also, they did at the college i used to go to.

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SCREAMnSHOUT wrote:
I think its the equivalent of a high school. Student population of around 1000-2000.

I'm 14 years old this year, in my 2nd year of secondary school.

SnS 8)


Im 14 aswell, and i am going into my second year of high school

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