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19 August 2016

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at 400mm lenses, long exposure landscapes, panorama fill options and image stabilization in the era of high resolution sensors.

The 400mm f2.8 lenses, if you can afford one and don't mind carrying it, are amazing. Canon's new 400mm f4 DO IS II is also superb, at least as good as the 300mm f2.8 IS II with a teleconverter.

Canon's 100-400 IS II is, from an MTF standpoint, the best zoom at 400mm, but the Nikon 200-500 and both the Sigma and Tamron 150-600s are also really good, far less expensive and have greater range. The Nikon 80-400 VR II is not quite as good at 400 as the competition.

  • In Auto Crop vs. Boundary Warp, Scott Kelby compares your options for creating panoramas in Lightroom (and Photoshop, for that matter).
  • Ming Then shares his experience with image stabilization because "I don't think the benefits -- or not -- of stabilizers are quite so clear cut anymore." Why? Resolution. "Since the move to 36-megapixel and higher, I've had enough images ruined by stabilization mishaps under unexpected circumstances that I've now become very cautious, especially as resolution increases."

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