Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS/Internal 1.4 Extender: You Guess the Shutter Speed « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS/Internal 1.4 Extender: You Guess the Shutter Speed

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This image of a Sandhill Crane was created late in the day (8:05 pm to be exact) on June 17th with the hand held Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender (at 274mm) and the Canon EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. ISO 1600. Evaluative metering +1/3 stop: f/4.0 in Manual mode.

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Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS/Internal 1.4 Extender: You Guess the Shutter Speed

This image was created in very low light just as the sun was disappearing behind a big cloud. Note the gentle back-light on the bird’s bustle. You are invited to leave a comment stating what you think the shutter speed was. Reminder: The focal length was 274mm.


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29 comments to Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS/Internal 1.4 Extender: You Guess the Shutter Speed

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    The image was made at 1/100 second. Hand held. Thanks all for playing. artie

  • avatar Marr Miller

    1/250 sec likely, maybe 1/160

  • avatar David Policansky

    Darned if I know, but if the sun hadn’t quite set yet, at ISO 1600 and f/4, seems the shutter speed would be around 1/200. Wonderful image as usual.

  • avatar Dave Smith


    Another SWAG, but I’ll say 1/125 sec..

  • avatar Ted Willcox

    No idea what the shutter speed was, but I love the image!!

  • avatar Shane Shacaluga

    I am going to say 1/60 for no other reason than that is min shutter speed I can get sharp shots on my 70-300 VR at 300mm

    Then again I am using a crop sensor so it would be possible even lower on a FF

    Whatever it was, the selection was excellent and the outcome great as usual 😉


    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks Shane. Do understand that I make a high percentage of bad ones; I just don’t publish those….

  • avatar Jim Kranick

    I’m thinking like Bill and Richard. If you asked about the shutter speed it must be low. I’d say 1/30 of a sec.

  • I thought that because the ISO was quite high, the speed you be quite high but the moving leg is slightly blurred and this would not be moving all that quickly. So I will go with 1/30

  • avatar Ron Fullelove

    My guess is 1/100 as your lens has VR.

  • Morn`g All, was wanting to go back and re-read Artie`s article when he did the analysis for making his change to the 600mm II lens from the 500 & 800mm lenses. Would you direct me to that blog date or send me the link. Much appreciated. Jeff Armstrong, a past workshop participant.

  • avatar Steve

    SWAG = S wild ass guess
    S = smart, super, silly, stupid, …..take your pick

  • For you to ask for shutter speed, I am guessing it must be unusually low. So I am going with 1/30. Hoping to hear your pros and cons soon re the new Canon 200-400.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I may or may not do a formal review. But do stay tuned to the blog for the next three months to learn everything that there is about the lens.

  • avatar Malcolm Bernstein

    Hi Art,
    I really enjoy learning from your blog and site.

    Although this is not relevant to your question, I really value your expert opinion on the following question:

    Which lens would you recommend for wildlife photography, with a particular interest in birding. The Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS/Internal 1.4 Extender, or the Canon 500mm F4 II?

    Many thanks
    Malcolm Bernstein

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      If your primary interest is birds, then the 500mm f/4L IS II is the clear choice. Provided you can learn to make sharp images with the 2X. Why? The 1000mm to 784mm equivalent focal length advantage is a huge one. Why? The size of the subject in the frame is a function of the square of the focal length. So the advantage for the 500 II is 100 to 61.5. On the other hand, if you work primarily with tame birds and do lots of large wildlife, then the 200-400 with the Internal 1.4X would clearly be best for you. Note: the 500 II with the 2X pretty much necessitates the use of a tripod.

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  • avatar stephen sheoskie

    I think your shutter speed was 1/80

  • OK, since its shot at almost 300mm you were probably shooting at 1/250. Which is 1 over the length of the lens. 1/274, to keep the camera steady. With the IS you might be able to get down to 1/100. But I’ll still go with 1/250. Nice image and sharp Artie.

  • Whatever the shutter speed may be; it’s a wonderful image. Keeper, printable, presentable and bears the hallmark of a great bird photographer. Just love it.

  • avatar Jerry

    I am going to guess 1/200 or 1/250 based on the 274mm focal length of the lens.

  • avatar George Cottay

    High ISO at f/4.0 and a SWAG at sundown leads me to 1/100. At whatever speed it looks like a keeper!

  • avatar John Zimmerman

    I think the shutter speed was 1/50. Belated Happy Birthday.

  • avatar Bill Richardson

    1/30th of second