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Showcase Canon 400mm f/5.6L

Discussion in 'Adapted Lens Sample Image Showcase' started by jonathanscv, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. jonathanscv

    jonathanscv Mu-43 Rookie

    Another test shot~~

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  2. Rockinggoose

    Rockinggoose Mu-43 Regular

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  3. gsk3

    gsk3 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 29, 2012
    Nice. Thanks for posting. Do you have your OM-D set up for focus peaking? If not, might want to. Any extreme telephoto has extremely narrow DOF, even at f/5.6, and without a ground glass focusing screen you'll either need autofocus or some sort of focus assist to avoid the back-focusing evident in your frame.
  4. Rockinggoose

    Rockinggoose Mu-43 Regular


    I am now trying out the Art Filter 11 on the EM5 to enable focus accuracy and will post some more results if it works.

  5. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    A lucky shot with the Gf1 and EF 400mm f5.6L. My husband had the tractor parked in front of the feeder, so I used that as a blind.
    I pre-focused on the feeder and shot the bird hovering just above it. Not cropped, the bird was that close.

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  6. gsk3

    gsk3 Mu-43 Regular

    Jan 29, 2012
    Cool. Looking forward to the results.

    Judy that shot is spec(tac)ular!
  7. tradesmith45

    tradesmith45 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Dec 13, 2012
    Aperture Ring?

    Nice photos. This looks like an option for wildlife shots.

    When I look up photos of this lens, I don't see an aperture ring. Do these have one or is there some other way to stop down for exposure?
  8. Rockinggoose

    Rockinggoose Mu-43 Regular

    No there is no aperture ring but at f5.6 on a m4/3rds you wouldn't want to go more than one stop smaller before the dreaded diffraction sets in. On my Canon 7D I only ever use this lens at 5.6 or maybe 7.1 and I am happy with this.

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  9. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    I guess I'm bored with winter. For jollies I decided to see how much reach I can get with the 400 f5.6L and my Gf1. This is the International Space Station as it flew over tonight, processed in Capture One and cropped.


    This is the original image before cropping and making adjustments. The ISS is the white dot just above center.

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  10. kevwilfoto

    kevwilfoto Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 23, 2011
    Wow! These all look sooo much better than what I get from my cheap Tokina 400/5.6.
  11. chonbhoy

    chonbhoy Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 23, 2013
    Scottish Highlands
    Beautiful shot!
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  12. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    This is a very nice lens. I can't wait until Olympus comes out with a long m43 tele this good:





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  13. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    This thread needs updating. I've been using this lens quite a lot since getting my E-M1, and it's now one of my favorite combinations. Manual focus vs. autofocus is about 50-50, as far as being a blessing or a curse with bird photography. Manual focus shines for birds perched in trees, where swaying branches and moving leaves confuse autofocus. On the other hand, I miss having autofocus for moving targets. All in all, the lens definitely has a place for birds and wildlife with m43 cameras. It handles well on a body the size of the E-M1, especially with the optional grip. The added weight of the grip really helps balance the lens.

    14899089509_0249bb5ceb_b. 20140830_37 (1) by j.murphy2, on Flickr

    15107713541_b0e41d49b5_b. 20140901_8 by j.murphy2, on Flickr

    E-M1, Canon EF 400mm f5.6L
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  14. JimUSNY

    JimUSNY Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 5, 2013
    Mid Hudson Valley NY
    Plus you get IS which you cant get on a canon body with this lens
  15. JudyM

    JudyM Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 5, 2010
    Westminster, MD
    It works amazingly well for most things, but for birds, I've taken to using a monopod. The support gives me more time to achieve really sharp focus on the bird's eyes, and the results are noticeable.
  16. Rick F

    Rick F Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 5, 2015
    Great photo's Judy. Are you using the MB adapter with this lens?
  17. eteless

    eteless Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2014
    They've made a pretty amazing 500mm f/4 IS lens however I'm unsure if it will ever be released... it would be no doubt also be stupendously expensive :) 
    It really depends on if they think the market exists for such a highly specialized lens (both it and the 300mm are really showcases of what they can design, somewhat like SHG for 4/3).
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