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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II

Examples Handheld, Beach Wildlife (Canon 5DM3)

While the US Northeast was hunkering down for yet another snowstorm, your author enjoyed a windless 70° afternoon at Pescadero Beach in Northern California in the middle of winter (Feb 13). Warmer than many summer days!

Single-point autofocus was used for all examples.

These examples were all shot handheld with image stabilization set to IS Mode I, which is not necessarily the best choice for some shots, which were shot while panning the camera, e.g., moving birds.

The image stabilization was remarkably effective, so much so that shooting at 400mm was quite enjoyable, with a steady viewfinder image that made for easy framing. Especially using ideal shooting technique (mass coupling), the image was rock solid as seen in the viewfinder at 400mm handheld.

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f11 @ 1/500 sec, ISO 200; 2015-02-13 17:07:07
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II @ 400mm

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