In a struggle to be happy and free

Drystone Wall

Take-off above the soccer field

IMG_6320.CR2: 30D, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/2000, f/5.6, 400 ISO

IMG_6320.CR2: 30D, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/2000, f/5.6, 400 ISO

This Boeing 737 – 7CT belongs to WestJet and is shown gaining altitude over Barrhaven, just after takeoff from runway 07 of Ottawa’s MacDonald-Cartier International Airport. Doesn’t it look all shiny and new? It ought to, WestJet took possession of this newest version of the 737 – 700 just a day short of a month ago.

Permit me to rave about the lens used to take this photo. Canon’s EF 400mm f/5.6 lens is a peach. It doesn’t have image stabilization, and suffers from a slow f5.6 maximum aperture, but it makes up for these shortcomings by having outstanding image quality even at maximum aperture, and especially by setting you back less than $1300 if you shop carefully in Canada.

Granted $1300 isn’t exactly pocket change to most of us, but consider that the EF 400mm f4.0 DO IS USM lens costs $6000 and the EF 400mm f2.8L IS USM lens costs $7500. A mere $1300 for comparable image quality is starting to look pretty good, isn’t it? Yea, of course it is! It’s just the f5.6, especially with no IS, that could be a problem. With those prices, I’ll manage.

Here’s a 100% crop of the same image with no processing other than RAW conversion and cropping. No sharpening has been applied:

IMG_6320.CR2: 30D, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/2000, f/5.6, 400 ISO, 100% crop

IMG_6320.CR2: 30D, EF 400mm 1:5.6L @ 1/2000, f/5.6, 400 ISO, 100% crop

Note the engine detail and the model number visible toward the rear.


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  1. Brett

    Ya gotta love that 400!

    Nice work, Rick!

  2. Thanks Brett. I don’t always take the 400 with me, but it really does the trick when I do!

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