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

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Subject: [Leica] Canon 800mm IS
From: imagist3 at (Lottermoser George)
Date: Sat Dec 27 09:07:29 2008
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Here's the first one I found - wide open

Fond regards,

On Dec 27, 2008, at 10:49 AM, Lottermoser George wrote:

> Here's a better example of the lens's possibilities:
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> and
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> where 800 is indicated
> Fond regards,
> George
> On Dec 27, 2008, at 10:27 AM, Leonard Taupier wrote:
>> 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 800mm.
>> Len
>> 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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