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Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS

Going to continue my long road to master the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM this month. It’s hard to only use a prime with 300mm focal lenght. It’s takes some time to fully master this lens. But it’s a fun lens to use and going to have a good time with it.

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
– Pablo Picasso

Update March 8 2017. Took the 300L & 2x extender with me for this morning walk from my house :

This shot I failed, had not set my camera settings yet as I was opening the front door this squirrel sat outside my house. 600mm @ f8 with 1/60 sec and no hand support had to go wrong. The squirrel ran off as a greased lightning when he ( or she ) saw me. Never seen anything move that fast. 🙂


A shot I was a little proud of. This was shot trouh heavy pine needles and the dark areas is actually in front of the bird. Had just a tiny hole through the branches to get focus. But nailed it. Thanks to Canon’s great focus system.

Some more form this morning :

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Also had a 300mm L f4 a couple of years ago. Here is two shots from back then. No extender used.

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Updated : Canon Extender EF 1.4X II +Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS testing day one.

This extender is just great. And maybe everything you need. Not so demanding as the 2x extender. The 1,4x wil focus and work on most ( if not all ) Canon EOS camera bodies. First pictures :

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This is what my 300mm + 1,4 II look like with a borrowed Canon 650D / EOS Rebel T4i camera :
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Updated : Finally.  Canon Extender EF 2X II & Canon Extender EF 1.4X II in my house. Have started the test’s. First out is the Canon Extender EF 2X II.

To start with the downsides. On the Canon 5D mk III with the EF 300mm f/4L IS lens + Canon Extender EF 2X II you only get the center focus point. Also only f8 as largest apperture. All known things to me and no suprises.
Upsides, 600mm ( oooohh yeah..love it ) fast focus ( suprise ) and looks like I’m keeping the 1.5 meters as minimum focusing distance. This was a suprise because i tought it would maybe double as well. Very good image quality.

My Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS & Canon extenders :

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So far I love the  Canon Extender EF 2X II. This thing i built like a tank and feels very solid. And here is what my Canon 5D mk III 600mm rig looks like  :

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Next up is the Canon Extender EF 1.4X II. My hopes are high that it will be very good with the Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS lens.

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This was shot with Canon 300L f4 and Canon 650D. The 300 L f4 IS and Canon 650D ( named Rebel T4i in the USA ) is a very good combo. 1,6 sensor crop and very good image quality. Picture of the SAR ( search and rescue ) helicopter shot May 19 2016 at Hvaler in Norway. Norvegian name ; LUFTFORSVARET REDNINGSTJENESTE.

 

 

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A couple of shots of my actual 300mm f4 lens. All three shot with Canon S95 point & shoot camera. An old but rock solid pocket camera. Never fails, very good quality.
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767-2016-Ulf-GregerHere is some images, they are all cropped. If I add images I dont have to crop I will add a remark in those photos.Not easy to get close enough to fill the frame with wildlife photography. All images shot with Canon 650D and Canon 5D mk III. The Canon 650D has the x1,6 crop advantage.

Only by using it often I get to learn to use a lens properly and find where it shines. One thing I have to learn is to fast find my object in the viewfinder with 300mm. Small birds in trees for example needs a bit of pratice to find fast with this lens. At least for me.

 

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The dog Scot a Boarder Collie with he’s owner Inger, shot with myCanon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM. He moved fast and it was not easy keeping up with him.  Learned a lot using the Canon 100-400mm L IS mk I last month. Found that my Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM is sharper and had a bit better contrast. The 100-400 obviously has the advantage of 400mm reach and that it’s a zoom. Sometimes 100mm is very good to have for wider shots. For me the 300mm is a better choice.
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I’m going to use this lens every day for a month. The Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM Lens is another excellent lens in the Canon L Series.

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All shots above done with my Canon 300mm L f4 IS. As you will notice this thing is sharp, has good bokeh and pretty good colors and contrast. The 300 f/4L IS is a partially weather sealed lens. A lens mount gasket is not present, but the switches and focusing ring have moderate dust and water resistance. A front filter should be used for full sealing.

Normally I would stop down a lens one or two stops, but this lens is razor sharp at f4.

This lens is well worth the money. Highly recommend it. And I’m 100% sure its sharper than the 100-400L mk I. Focus is pretty fast with this thing too. Also going to buy me a canon 2x or 1,4x extender this month. 300mm is actually not much when photographing birds and wildlife. Down below I’ll add some more of my shots with my 300L f4…work in progress.

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instagram edits – to be deleted  these are NOT shot with Canon 300m f4 L IS :

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JBL 4410

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Lenco B55

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JBL L150A an later and upgraded version of the JBL L150

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Sonus faber Amati Futura

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Conrad-Johnsen CT 5 &  Conrad-Johnsen ET 250S High End Stereo Amplifers :

Wood waxing my Tannoy Prestige Turnberry loudspeakers.


All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger. Feel free to contact me about anything.  email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com

 

 

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1000-Ulf-Greger-Ricoh-GRSome shots from back in 2013 when I helped my father clearing forest on he’s property after a heavy storm. Ricoh GR
self-portrait--Ulf-Greger-Ricoh-GR Self portrait – Ulf Greger. Actually not a selfie, was just me clicking away to test the art filters of the Ricoh GR. This was the high contrast B&W filter.

My camera bag right now. Today I’m sending my Fuji X100 away to it’s new owner. This has been one of my best street cameras ever. My three Ricoh GR’s I’ve had past fifteen years or so comes close or was better in some areas. Anyway time for a new ‘my streetphoto to go bag’ picture. Last one with my Fujifilm camera.
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My bag is my solid Domke F2. It’s waxed and pretty waterproof. From left upper corner :
ThinkTank waterproof bag cover, use this in heavy snow and rain.
ThinkTank waterproof memory card holder with some CF and SD cards.
Canon 5D with some duct tape to mask the logo’s and a 80’s old worn camera strap.
Two extra Canon batteries. I dont use the LCD screen much so get about 1400 shots each.
ND filters.
Fujifilm X100 Black Edition .
Carl Zeiss 2/35 T* Distagon ZE. Easy my best lens for Canon.
Gordy Strap.
A gorillapod tripod. This actually carries my 5D with Zeiss 35mm.
Extra Fujifilm batteries.
Canon 270 EX external flash. Low weight and a solid flash.

So this was by street bag March 27. Also have a small ThinkTank bag for ultralight travel ( Canon 5D / Zeiss 35mm only ) and a big bag for outdoors portraits with all my big speedlights, gels, portrait lenses and radio triggers. This Domke bag is what I use 80% of the time. Sorry about low quality picture of the bag and gear. Had to shoot it with my Samsung phone. Going to add a better picture shot with my 5D soon. Obviously that shot are not showing my 5D 🙂

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March 12. Bought a new lens today. The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. I already have a wonderful 35mm for full frame, my Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE.
Main purpose for my new 35mm is street photography and some video work where IS and AF is nice to have sometimes.

382-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIThis was my first street shot with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Think this was a cool shot with lots of detail.

Autofocus is very quick and I think this lens performs very well. Also going to publish some videos to show just how good the IS performs and do a small review of this lens. I noticed some improvement with IS on with handheld video on the 5D mk III. If you own a crop sensor Canon camera, the IS are going to help even more with video.

0O9A0366One of my first shot with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Had to test it before buying at my local camera store, Japan Photo in Fredrikstad. Exif is :  1/250 sec – f4,5 -ISO 640 – Exposure Compensation +2/3. I usually always do some PP in PS or LR but this is from RAW file straight from Canon DPP 4.

The IS and AF felt good, image quality great so a brand new Canon lens was bought. I usually only buy used gear but I felt is was time for a brand new 35 in my bag. This lens feels sharper than the Canon 35mm 1.4 L. The 35 2.0 IS USM looks sharper throughout the frame than the 1.4L at f2. At f4, on both lenses they are equal sharpness I think but the CA was worse on the 1.4L. I have not compared them side by side, sold my 35L a long time ago. But looking at old shots the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM feels sharper. Also smaller, lighter weight and faster to focus. The Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE has a slight advantage in image quality I think so far. Better bokeh for sure. For pros and cons on the 35mm focal lenght with Canon the Canon 35 L do have f1,4 and the Zeiss 35 dont have AF. I think 35mm f/2 IS is the best everyday use lens if you love 35mm on your fullframe Canon camera.

I think it is justifiable for me to have both Zeiss 2/35 and Canon 35 f2 IS, as they present images differently and offer a different user experience. I love to use 35mm on FF and use that focal length very much for street photography. For portraits I think 85mm-135mm works best. The only downside so far with my Canon 35 f2 IS is that I wish it was faster. f1,8 would have been perfect.

Forgot about the Sigma 35mm 1,4 Art. Have owned this lens twice. AF problems and other problems with it. The Sigma 35 not a lens for me. I only use gear I can trust 100%.

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Another shot from the camera store. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Performs good wide open. At f2,8 this lens is razor sharp. Have got some emails with complaints about no exif data in my pictures. From now on full exif in every published picture that is about gear review.

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A bokeh shot when getting home. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM.

386-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIINight skies test with Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. I actually dont know anything about shooting stars at night so…high ISO, tripod and about 15 sec was a wild guess. Going to read about it and give a better try at a nice location by the sea not far from my house.

385-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIHanheld shot in my car. One thing I like about the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is that it focuses really close. This was about 20 centimeters I think.

384-Ulf-Greger-canon-5D-IIIHandheld test shot with poor lighting. The Image Stabilizer i damn good. Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. With the Canon 5D mk III the autofocus is reliable and fast in low light. This is going to be great for low light street photography.

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A street photo shot outside the camera store before buying the 35 IS. Shot with a borrowed Canon 50mm 1.8 II. A lens I like very much.

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March 7. Motorcycle exhibition in Lillestrøm, Norway. Fuji X100.

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Reflection of me in a window at Aker Brygge, Oslo. Fuji X100.

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Aker Brygge, Oslo. Fuji X100.

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Shot at a motorcycle exhibition March 7 in Lillestrøm, Norway. Fuji X100.

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Oslo. Both Fuji X100.

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From Oslo. It’s selfie time. Fuji X100.

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Fredrikstad city. Fuji X100.

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Fredrikstad, old town. Fuji X100.

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Fredrikstad, old town, Fuji X100.

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I use my Canon dslr with Zeiss/Canon 35mm a lot for street photography also. But these last weeks I have almost only used the Fuji camera. It’s a good realible camera even in cold weather.

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Shot at a motorcycle exhibition March 7 in Lillestrøm, Norway. Canon 5D.

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This one was shot for use in a instagram competition – I’m hoping to win a GoPro camera…well my hopes are not that high after looking twice at this picture 🙂 Samsung S4.

I’m currently working on getting a ‘old film look’ that’s my own…here is my four latest attempts. All made from my own recent photographs. I’m not happy yet but I’m learning more every time.
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My email :  ulfgreger2008@gmail.com

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Currently working on a stock photo portfolio. Can’t publish these shots here but are going to post a link when they are finished. First goal is 100 photos in one batch. Hope to get this done by April.

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Siw Helene B.

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Shoot with Siw Helene B. Photoshopped as she wanted it for a fun look. Shine bright like a diamond 🙂

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An old picture I like. One of my daughters, Julia that lives in Spain now and my old dog Paladin that I miss a lot. Got the idea from antother photography website – post one picture you have shot that you think is perfect – for you.

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Here is the model in the military bandana shot’s, Sissel.

All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger.

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Some of the Christmas decorations I got from my mother this year. Using my favourite lens, the Carl Zeiss Distagon 2/35 ZE.

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Pretty cold here in Norway these last days of 2014. What about some cold beer ?

303-frozen-Ulf-Greger-Carl-Zeiss-canon-5D-IIIFrozen lake. About -12 degrees Celsius or about 10 degrees Farenheit. Not very cold for december in Norway.

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My youngest model so far. She was three weeks here.

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All pictures is Copyright © Ulf Greger.