Canon EF 70-300 F4-5.6

The standard 70-300 mm kit lens that came with the camera isn’t image stabilised,  therefore I wasn’t holding out a lot of hope as to how useful this lens would be when handheld.

Our ever present moggy just had to know what was going on and so presented a target of opportunity. Never one to sit still, this was going to be a bit of a challenge especially as I was using the lens at the 300 mm setting. Knowing that the lens would be a little dark at the long end I selected ISO 400 and dialled up the Ev to +2 and snapped off RAW+Jpeg combos. The two images you see are both processed from the RAW file using ShowFoto.

A little bit of PP work and I had a couple of pleasant shots to finish with. I have to say that I am impressed with the apparent sharpness of the lens and the relatively narrow focal plane even at f5.6. The bokeh is really quite good as the green in the background is our lawn which was about 6 inches tall and looking pretty shabby.

The two images above are taken with the EF lens and the distance to the subject is approx 3 meters ( 9 feet ). Be warned that these are the full file sizes at approx 19 meg each so they make take a while to download if you dont have a reasonably fast connection.

This next image is one for comparison, taken using the Fuji XA2 with the 16-55 mm kit lens working at f4.5.  Distance to the subject is about the same as for the previous images. The small Fuji lens does a pretty good job here too.



The next two images were taken using the same EF lens working at the same zoom. The distance to the subject is approx 9 meters, again handheld and again at 300 mm.

The first of these images is taken with Ev-0 and the lens stopped down to f 8  & f 10 (second image) to help improve detail and contrast. The second image is a Jpeg direct from the camera and again processed in ShowFoto. The same applies for the first image as well. Both images were cropped to remove approx 50% of the original image. Both images were shot at ISO 400 and 1/400 sec. This helped a great deal to stabilize the image as I’m not the steadiest holder of a camera and suspect I never will be.

For a non stabilised lens, using the settings I have outlined the results were not unpleasant, and show a good deal of texture and fine detail and very little noise. I printed both the images of the Kingfisher on gloss 5 x 7 photo paper using my Epson  L365 and the results were very good, and I have no doubt that a print at A4 size would look just as good.


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