Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/12/27

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Subject: [Leica] Canon 800mm IS
From: len-001 at (Leonard Taupier)
Date: Sat Dec 27 08:27:29 2008
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You're right Doug. While I'm primarily a Nikon SLR user, I bought a  
used EOS 1DS MK II to use with my 560mm Telyt. This combination gives  
me beautiful results. I have since purchased Canon's 400mm f4 DO and  
1.4X extender which also gives me beautiful results. Since I already  
had the full frame body (This was before the D3 and D700), I started  
looking at some of the better Canon L lenses to carry with me. I am  
fortunate that my dealer lets me try anything I want. I have since  
had to pass on 4 L lenses I tried, including the 24mm f1.4, the  
16-35mm f2.8 and the 24 -105mm lenses. I did get the 35mm f1.4L lens  
which I find very nice. I almost passed on the 400mm DO lens as well.  
I tried a used one from my dealer which I found had low contrast. A  
week later he let me try a new one. It was nothing like the first  
one. It had excellent contrast and high resolution. I bought it.  I  
don't know if this kind of variability is common but it's certainly  
scary for a lens that cost over $10,000. which is the case with the  


On Dec 27, 2008, at 10:57 AM, wrote:

> Leonard Taupier wrote:
>> This lens is getting glowing reviews from the Fred Miranda site.
> I'm beginning to question the value of user reviews particularly  
> where the user's quality standard, techniques and intended use are  
> unknowns and may differ from mine.
> An example is the user reviews of the EF 24mm f/1.4 L on FM and B&H  
> where it seems many are awed by the fast aperture and are willing  
> to forgive weaker image quality at the faster apertures and the  
> expectation of cherry-picking dealer's (or importer's) stock to  
> find one of the better samples, and give the lens a very high rating.
> At any rate I expect that with the right conditions and technique  
> the 800mmm f/5.6 IS can deliver much more than the sample photos  
> demonstrated.
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