Study of a Pony

For those that have been following me, please forgive my seeming absence. After a long month of rehabilitating my knee due to a fall on the Harper’s Ferry hike on January 4th, I have been finally cleared this week  to start back up my horseback riding and hiking. Needless to say, the training program that I so enthusiastically put together for the Inca Trail was derailed in January, but has resumed this week in preparation for my Inca Trail Trek in May. So..I’ve been making those hoof beats and foot prints out there instead of staying home and writing about them.

I’ve been wanting to purchase a prime telephoto lens for my wildlife, animals and bird photography. Since I’ve had a hard time deciding which lens to get, I went and rented two lenses from Borrowlenses.com. The first lens is a Canon 300mm f/4.0L IS USM with a Canon EF 1.4x III extender, and the other is Canon 400mm f/5.6L NON IS USM lens. They both arrived this week and I have three glorious days to play with them to decide which one works better for me.

At first glance, I’m finding that the 300mm lens with the image stabilization works so much better for me, and the additional stop in aperture is helping with my exposures. One thing though, it does make a racket when the auto focus is engaged. Just so long as it doesn’t scare off the birds !

For now, I’ll just provide some shots with the Canon 300mm lens that I took today. This is pony’s name is Macaroni, and he is full of personality and pep. Enjoy!

Canon 300mm f/4.0L IS USM – taken at 1/400 f/5.0 ISO 100

5 replies »

  1. Beautiful pony, and beautiful photos.
    Have you made up your mind which lens you’ll buy? I want a longer telephoto, and a wider wide angle, and can’t decide which I want more. Having no money for either at the moment takes the pressure off me to make my mind up at least.

    • I wish I could say I was able to have a definitive answer between the 400mm and the 300mm IS lens. I did find that I need IS, so that means it eliminates the 400mm NON IS lens. Also, the 300mm lens is a little smaller and a little lighter than the 400mm. So that means the 300mm was the winner in this test.
      That being said, I think my new issue is my Canon 60D body. I shot a Robin in a tree at 800 ISO with the 300mm and it was soft. That has to be the body and not the lens.
      Next test – the 7D with the 100-400mm lens.

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