scope v zoom lens

To: Simon Blanchflower <>
Subject: scope v zoom lens
Date: Fri, 22 Apr 2005 10:43:13 +1100

Hi Everyone,

Seeing the mail below, I actually do know a few people using the 400mm lens mentioned.  The results I have seen from people using this lens on pelagic trips have been superb.  Naturally any new lens takes a bit of getting used to if you have upgraded.  I currently use a Canon EOS 300D with a EF75-300mm 1:4-5.6 III lens for pelagic birding.  A lot of the shots I have posted on Tom Tarrant's site (Australian Bird Image Database) have been taken using this equipment.

There are a couple of things worth considering if you purchase the lens below.  Firstly it is quite heavy being metal and glass.  I have seen a couple of people using either a harness or a home-fashioned 'arm' to alleviate the extra bicep workout you get when you are using it for a whole day on a boat.  But I guess this depends on what type of photography you do.

Secondly, since I have been shopping around for prices on this lens (my local retailer would sell it to me for $3,500AUD), the cheapest place I have seen it is on


Even with shipping and insurance this site is very competitive.  It was recommended to me by a fellow birder and I know two people (including my partner) who have bought this lens from this site without problems.  It is a beautiful piece of equipment.

Hope this info helps.



Simon Blanchflower <>
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21/04/2005 08:39 PM

        To:        Nevil Lazarus <>,
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        Subject:        Re: [BIRDING-AUS] scope v zoom lens

I'm thinking about getting the Canon 100-400 f4.5-5.6L USM with image
stabliser which retails in the US for $1,409.95 (over here it costs $3,699
so even with import costs you can save over $1000!).

Anyone had experience with this lens - I know its slower than the one
suggested by Nevil (and now I know why his photo's are so good!!) but
significantly cheaper - reviews I have read on the net sound pretty
good.....any thoughts?


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