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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Canon, Nikon and Sony 400mm f/2.8 Lens Comparison

My readers know me as The Wildlife Ho-tographer, utilizing Canon equipment for almost three decades and traversing the globe on wildlife photography shoots. Recently, I came back from a trip to the Okavango Delta and Chobe River. You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter, see my equipment bag and works on

Sony recently announced their new 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens. They are trying to beef up their lens lineup with the aim of challenging the Canon EF and Nikon Nikkor lenses.

At the moment, Sony has a lead in the mirrorless camera offering but Canon and Nikon are expected to announced their full frame, mirrorless camera in about one year or less.

I do not own a mirrorless camera but as I listen to some who are Sony supporters, they invariably talk about the 'superior' IQ quality of the A7 or A9 sensors and the '20 frames a second' burst rate.

Reminds me of the old days when so-called hi-fidelity aficionados religiously quote how low a Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) their receivers put out compared to other models - .000001 vs .00001%
The implication is the former is superior to the latter. Never mind the fact it is only on paper and indistinguishable by the human ear.

The fact is one can always find some aspect of a certain camera or lens that is 'superior' to another manufacturer's comparable model but when a professional and/or serious photographer invests in a certain Camera and Lens system, one is really buying into a company's overall technology (present and future), service and support system worldwide.

To that end, I find Canon fits my needs quite well and I am ready to purchase their professional mirrorless camera once they are available if it fits my needs.

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