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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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-38D|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 3.7 x 7.6 inches|
|Item Weight||3.46 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||400 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||100 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||21|
|Number of Groups||16|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||20 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||5.1 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||—||95 millimeters||77 millimeters||67 millimeters||105 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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The review is therefore entirely based upon experience and not other opinion
This lens replaces the previous mark 1 model and brings with it a number of valuable improvements.
Gone is the older version's push-pull zoom mechanism and that has been replaced with the twist zoom mechanism. The advantage of this is that there is less likelihood of dust being sucked onto the camera sensor. However it must also be noted that this lens does not have a fixed outside length whereby the zoom moves inside the barrel. Instead, the barrel itself goes in and out like the old push-pull design so, despite the new twist zoom, there remains a suspicion that dust ingress may still be an issue. The accompanying booklet sounds a warning as follows: 'However, it (the seal) is unable to provide complete protection from dust and moisture.' Time will tell on this issue.
There is an adjustable ring which enables the user to tighten or loosen the zoom for personal comfort.
The Image Stabiliser provides for 4 stops of stability with 3 options as to purpose/usage.
The hood has a slider arrangement whereby the user can adjust a polarising filter without having to remove the hood.
There have been a range of improvements to the coatings to maximise image quality
So much for the obvious features. What will concern purchasers mostly though will be its actual performance and how the images might compare with other lenses.
Actual performance delivered over several days of testing and comparisons:
Initial findings are that the lens is able to latch on the the focussed subject quickly and accurately. This is equal to the performances of the 24-70 F2.8 L II, 70-200 F2.8 L IS II, 300 F2.8 L IS and the new 200-400 f4 L IS with extender. The images taken have proved to be well up to imaging using any of those lenses.
Test images have been taken in notably windy conditions without tripod and subjects have been flying and static birds plus a range of landscape images. In all cases the IS proved to be very effective indeed and sharp images at 16 x 12 inches at 400 dpi were pin-sharp taken at all focal distances of 100-400mm at shutter speeds significantly below the normal safe limits for hand-holding.
The lens's relative light weight and dimensions, similar to the 70-200L, makes it a very easy lens to manipulate and to follow moving targets while being heavy enough to aid stability for hand-holding usage.
The range of photography has been extended considerably since this review was first posted and this lens has continued to deliver excellent imaging in all tested circumstances. These have ranged from bright and sunny conditions to those of heavy mist. The most testing situation so far for the IS was probably tracking a naval vessel at just short of a mile in late dusk while using the car door as basic support. This was achieved rapidly with apparent ease and with a failure rate that could be described as negligible. All the images so far taken in all circumstances have been remarkable in terms of sharpness giving pin point imaging at 16 x 12 inches at 400dpi in very low light. Images of this size are a merciless judge of camera equipment so this lens continues to live up to early impressions.
This lens is therefore ideal for photographers on the move who want a flexible lens of considerable stretch for field work without being encumbered with tripod.
It is for that purpose that it has been bought and I have no doubt that it will fill those requirements perfectly. I would expect it to become a very popular piece of kit.
Press reviews and final words:
Since writing this, apparently unhelpful review according to a handful of readers, there have apparently been glowing reviews in the photographic press (not seen) which vindicate everything written above plus a great deal more detailed analysis.
I continue to find the lens to be excellent and easily capable of being judged as having a performance at least the equal to the other 'L' lenses listed in the review.
It is gratifying to read in the photographic press such a confirmation of that experience.
A note to the few anonymous negative voters:
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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.
I will update this post after I have taken 2000 or so pictures with it. In general I am glad that I upgraded to the new lens as the enhanced picture color quality and improved keeper percentages are worth the cost. Now if I can only get used to twisting the zoom ring instead of pushing and pulling it.