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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens
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- Compact, high performance L-series super-telephoto zoom makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography
- Rotation-type zoom ring allows for more precise composition and excellent balance when handholding
- Improved zoom torque adjustment ring allows easy setting of zoom tension, Focal Length & Maximum Aperture:100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6, Closest Focusing Distance-3.2 ft. / 0.98m
- New Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps to significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting, Highly resistant to dust and water, and amazing durability enabling shooting even in harsh conditions
|Lens Compatibility Information: Canon EF-S lenses are only compatible with APS-C sensor DSLR cameras. Canon EF lenses are compatible with Canon full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras.
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||auto-focus||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||auto-focus|
|Item Dimensions||7.6 x 3.7 x 3.7 in||7.44 x 3.62 x 3.62 in||1.06 x 2.83 x 2.83 in||10.12 x 3.54 x 3.54 in||5.63 x 3.5 x 3.5 in||2.09 x 2.83 x 2.83 in|
|Item Weight||3.46 lbs||3.04 lbs||7.83 ounces||2.8 lbs||2.31 lbs||0.72 lb|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||35mm||Prime lens||Zoom lens||35mm|
|Maximum Focal Length||400 millimeters||400 millimeters||1 millimeter||400 millimeters||300 millimeters||2 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||100 millimeters||100||1 millimeter||400 millimeters||70 millimeters||2 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||—||77 millimeters||67 millimeters||—|
Compact, high performance L-series super-telephoto zoom makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography Rotation-type zoom ring allows for more precise composition and excellent balance when handholding Improved zoom torque adjustment ring allows easy setting of zoom tension New Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps to significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting Highly resistant to dust and water, and amazing durability enabling shooting even in harsh conditions
From the Manufacturer
EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS II USM
The EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS II USM lens delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power that's great for sports and wildlife photography. The lens features one fluorite and one super UD element to help provide impressive contrast and resolution with reduced chromatic aberration across the entire zoom range. Canon's new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces help lessen smears and fingerprints. A 9-blade circular aperture renders beautiful, soft backgrounds, and a 3 mode (standard, panning and exposure only) Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 steps* of image correction. The new inner focusing AF system helps ensure fast and accurate focus down to 3.2 ft. with a .31x maximum magnification. Usability enhancements include a rotation-type zoom ring with adjustable zoom torque for more precise, customizable zoom performance, a redesigned tripod mount that can be attached and detached without removing the lens from the camera, and an all-new lens hood with a side window that makes it simple to adjust specialty filters–like polarizers–without the need to remove the hood. Ruggedly constructed with advanced dust and water sealing for durability in a range of environments, the EF 100–400mm f/4.5–5.6L IS II USM lens is a stellar performer with refined controls for a wide variety of situations.
*According to CIPA standards (400mm focal length, when using the EOS-1D X).
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 100–400mm 1:4.5–5.6
- Lens Construction: 21 elements in 16 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 24°–6°10'
- Focus Adjustment: Inner focus system / USM
- Closest Focusing Distance: 3.2 ft. / 0.98m
- Filter Size: 77mm diameter
- Zoom System: Rotation Type
- Max Diameter x Length, Weight: Approx. 3.7 x 7.6 in. / 94 x 193mm, Approx. 3.46 lbs. / 1570g (lens only, excluding removable tripod mount) Approx. 3.62 lbs. / 1640g (lens + tripod mount)
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Now, here is what I don't get. All the reviews that say the twist in the zoom ring is to long. I have small hands and fingers, and I just don't get that. I can go from 100mm to 400mm in a flash, in one twist and it's not the least bit aqward. I'm not sure if these people have ever used this lens or their technique is wrong.. I just don't get it
EDIT: Note, this lens will focus to 3 feet, even at 400mm. You have to be aware of your DOF or you will think you are having focusing problems. Check out a youtube video by a guy who tested this lens in the Galapagos Islands. Close focusing is actually what sold me on this lens.
I realize that images uploaded are not really a good representation of the lens, but you might get something out of these shots:
1) Hummingbird at 30 feet; Roseate Spoonbills at 200 feet; Lizard at 6 feet (400mm); Gull at 100 feet; Skipper at 4 feet (400mm); Flower and Bee at 5 feet (400mm); Pileated Woodpecker at 100 feet; The obligatory moon shot : )
All of these shots have been CROPPED.
The lens comes very well packaged from Canon with foam protecting just about everything, including the lens hood. In the box you will find the lens, tripod mount, front and back covers, a new ET-83D lens hood with a sliding door (about an inch square) that is very useful for circular polarising filters and a very nice carrying case which is very similar to the case the 70-200L f2.8 comes with.
On the lens you will find switches for auto-focus/manual focus, full focus range or 3M to infinity (the lens will ignore near objects and only try to focus on objects further than 3 meters (about 10 ft) out or beyond), Image stabilization on/off and three different modes of image stabilization.
The lens comes in Canons famous white L metal finish and is fully weather sealed (you do not need a filter to complete the weather sealing like you do on some other L lenses that I have). The build quality of this lens is excellent as you would expect from any of Canons L series lenses.
Rather than the old, dated push/pull mechanism of the previous lens, this lens uses the normal rotational zoom with the barrel extending out from the main body. Canon has used an internal floating focusing mechanism which results in non-rotation of the front element (something you want if you are using graduated filters for example). The zoom ring is strangely at the front of the lens whilst the rear ring is focusing (this is essentially a reversal of what you normally find). Both the zoom and the focusing rings have a smooth motion to them giving you excellent control over both with a friction ring directly behind the zoom ring allowing you control and locking of the zoom.
Canon have updated their Image Stabilization to the latest and greatest which according to the specs allows you an equivalent 4 stop gain. The IS really is very good however in the few tests that I have managed to complete, this is more of a 3 stop gain, not 4. You now get 3 flavors of image stabilization as well as tripod detection so the IS doesn't have conniptions by the lack of movement anymore (a great feature if, like me, you sometimes forget to turn IS off when you mount the lens on a tripod). The front element has a new ASC (Air Sphere Coating) which is supposed to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting whilst the fluorine coatings on both the front element rear lens surfaces is meant to help reduce smears and fingerprints.
The lens also features an upgraded USM ring-type drive which results in extremely fast and virtually silent auto focus operations. You can manually focus the lens in auto-focus mode and sometimes this helps when going from near focus at full focal length to far focus. There can be little focus hunting when you do this.
So how good are the optics? The center of the lens is tack sharp, in fact the lens as a whole is extremely sharp but there is a little fall off towards the edges, and by a little I mean a very little. The peak lens performance occurs seems to be around 190-220mm with the weakest spot not surprisingly being at the full 400mm but even at 400mm this lens is very sharp. There is slight vignetting the further you zoom out, again nothing to be worried about and there is virtually no chromatic aberrations (color shadows/fringing at image borders).
You will not find a creamy smooth bokeh like you find on a f2.8 prime on this lens, that is to be expected but it is better than the original 100-400L and is generally very good. If you are a pixel peeper you will find a slight halo around the out of focus discs but you have to zoom quite far in on your image for it to be noticeable.
Flexibility of the lens
USM focusing is very fast and silent
Bokeh isn't as creamy smooth as other L prime lenses but still very good.
The image quality of this lens is outstanding and the build quality superb. The focal range of 100-400mm (160-640mm on an APS-C camera) gives you more options than say the 70-200mm especially for wildlife and sporting events. Did I mention the tack sharp image quality? It really is so good that I'm seriously considering whether I need to carry both this lens and the 70-200mm f2.8L in my bag, which gets to heavy with both lenses, or whether I can just leave the 70-200mm at home unless I know I am going to need its lower settings. canon have done a wonderful job with this lens and it is a significant improvement over the mk I.
A couple of other things worth mentioning. This lens does work with both the Canon 1.4x and 2.0x TCs and also the Kenko 1.4x Pro 300 TC with full autofocus. It also works with the MetaBones III adapter with full autofocus if you are thinking of using this lens on a Sony A7 or A7R. When used in conjunction with the MetaBones III adapter the autofocus does take a lot more time to lock in and you will notice some slight hunting but combined with the A7/R sensor it creates some sensational images.