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    Hi everybody i'm a newcomer to this website!To start the ball rolling,my question is...... i'm a a Canon person who does quite a bit of wildlife photograhy.However i only have a 75-300mm zoom lens,which is quite capable for a lot of shots,but lacks the pulling power.So i've decided i need something more powerful! I'm torn between the 100-400mm zoom & the prime 400mm 5.6 Canon lenses.Which way do i go chaps?Your advice would be appreciated.

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    Well, both of the mentioned lenses have advantages and disadvantages, the 100-400 gives you the ability to compose your shots easier, being able to zoom in and out, whereas the prime will give you outstanding image quality and will quite possibly have faster AF (but dont quote me on that...)
    I personally would choose the 100-400, it has the same aperture size as the 400mm (which is normally a major advantage for prime lenses,) and with the added versatility this just about overshadows the 400mm's advantages Of course, if the needed image quality had to be as high possible then Id take the prime any day

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    Thanks for your advice Rob,i know what you are saying,it seems it's versatility v quality lens which is the issue.

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    I would say zoom but have you looked at the tamron 200-500 this is a bit cheaper than the canon lenses

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    Thanks for your reply WAVE,i'll have a look at the Tamron spec etc

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    hi rosie

    have you taken a look at sigma's lens as well they do some good Telephoto Zoom Lens
    like the 50 to 500mm and the 150-500mm

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    hi i have used the 400 and great qualiy images but opted for much more versatile 100 400 i have to say mine is really sharp and gets used for all sorts of photos, aircraft, sports, wildlife etc and you usually find the objects your following move quickly close to you and away so you just zoom in and out . with fixed your image needs to be exactly in frame to the size you need and i often find its not possable to do that, good example would be safari (on my list to do) your in waggon and animal comes toward you with zoom you just follow zooming in and out. the fixed 400 is lighter and i think faster to lock focus despite being the same 5.6 , i could throw you another wobly and sugest prime 300 f4 and 1.4 converter ! the 300 is sharp and dosent look bad with 1.4 having said that i now own only the 100 400, try fredmiranda and drive yourself nutty reading write ups !
    regards steve
    ps sigma 100 300 my copy was soooo sharp but no image stab and im a bit hit miss without i stab so sold it and like longer length especially on crop 1.6 of 100 400

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    Hi Steve thanks for your reply and advice,Seems the 100-400 zoom is a best bet for general use,like you do.I do quite a bit of bird photography,in hides etc,and are still thinking about the prime 400/5.6 lens though for that "sharper" image?

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    hi ya this is just a guess but i bet you end up with both sometime down the road, my friend has both !
    regards steve

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    Well chaps i've finally done it and bought the Canon 100-400 4.5/5.6 L lens been trying it out today under quite poor cloudy conditions,here's one result
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/16259794@N08/5107654019/" title="Kingfisher by gannetal, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1312/5107654019_316805edd5.jpg" width="438" height="500" alt="Kingfisher" /></a>

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