Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS Lens Meets Big Bad Brown Bear

"Brown bear?" I hear you thinking. "This is a black bear?" Rest assured, the brown bear is coming. I saw Canon EF 200-400mm L IS Lens Meets Big Bad Black Bear by Bryan Carnathan from TThe Digital Picture. Bryan describes on the basis of a very nice shot he made, how to recognize and photograph a black bear. I have also tested the Canon 200-400 mm IS L lens and find it is indeed a great lens to have with you if you encounter a bear. If not to take pictures, then this lens solid enough to chase the bear away from you, without significant damage to the lens. Unfortunately, I cannot afford such solid equipment—but a Canon 70-200 mm f/4 IS L.

Hence the title.


In Netherlands, we have the song: "I saw two bears making sandwiches, oh it was a miracle." And during a vacation in Yellowstone Park, I got the chance to see the American version of "I saw two bears...." from up close, with a Canon 40D, Canon 70-200 mm f/4 IS L and a Canon 2x converter. And I made a picture that I now call: "Canon EF 70-200 mm f/4 L IS Lens Meets Big Bad Brown Bear." Not as nice as the Bryan's shot, but I'm satisfied with it. The picture was made without a tripod and is not cropped. After taking this picture, I stopped looking through my viewfinder and decided, a little startled, to get back to sit in the car quicky. I didn't have a Canon 200-400 mm L lens with me, to beat off any angry bears.

Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
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