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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Super Telephoto Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
- Diagonal Angle of View: 6° 10' .Fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion-glass; internal focusing; full-time manual focus
- Closest Focusing Distance: 35m / 115 ft
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 400mm 1:56
- Filter size: 77mm
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF||Canon EF|
|Item Dimensions||10.12 x 3.54 x 3.54 in||7.6 x 3.7 x 3.7 in||7.44 x 3.62 x 3.62 in||10.16 x 4.17 x 4.17 in||1.06 x 2.83 x 2.83 in||8.7 x 3.54 x 3.54 in|
|Item Weight||2.8 lbs||3.46 lbs||3.04 lbs||4.3 lbs||7.83 ounces||2.62 lbs|
|Lens Type||Prime lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||35mm||Prime lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||400 millimeters||400 millimeters||400 millimeters||600 millimeters||1 millimeter||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||400 millimeters||100 millimeters||100||150 millimeters||1 millimeter||300 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||77 millimeters||95 millimeters||—||77 millimeters|
This high-performance lens was designed with portability and handling ease in mind. One Super UD-glass element, whose characteristics are similar to fluorite, and one UD-glass element result in sharp pictures from corner-to-corner. The lens also has a built-in hood and a detachable tripod mount.
From the Manufacturer
Light. Portable. Excellent handling. Sharp. And amazingly fast autofocus. The 400mm f/5.6L is all of these things, and a premier choice for wildlife and nature photographers--one of the finest telephoto lenses in the world for fast-moving subjects such as birds in flight or motor sports. It uses UD-glass elements to provide outstanding optical quality, even wide-open, and image quality is preserved when used with either the EF 1.4x II or EF 2x II tele extenders. It accepts 77mm filters, and has a built-in removable tripod collar.
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A super telephoto lens can make an ordinary scene into an extraordinary one. Its ability to see surpasses that of the human eye. It can compress images and make them look as if they come from another dimension. It opens up new realms of photographic expression. All EF super telephoto lenses are L-series lenses to provide the highest quality. The USM provides quiet and high-speed autofocusing. These lenses promise outstanding delineation and put your imagination to the test.
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The lens is very sharp and I get great images when I do my part with set up and execution. The only upgrade from this lens would be one of the big primes in my opinion and I doubt I will ever be able to afford one of them, so this is the lens for me, I paired this with a Canon 7D MII which is a fabulous combination it does everything I want it to do. I love it
In terms of previous telephoto experience...I use a 70-200mm f/4L IS USM coupled with a 1.4 II Extender for my bird in flight (BIF) shots. So I have shot up to 280mm. To prepare for deciding whether to get this lens, I turned off IS and shot a bunch of pictures at sunset light level...BIF still turn out pretty decent. So Non-IS is not an issue. I went ahead and ordered this lens...like most BIF shooters, I do not have enough reach.
I got this lens via UPS...it was delivered at 6pm, half an hour before dark where I live. Not enough time to go to the bird reserve to shoot so I started shooting in front of my house to test it out. Shaking with excitement, I started to snap at various still objects, people walking about. First impression was the lens is a lot heavier than the 70-200 f/4L + 1.4X. It's also a little longer and the tripod mount was interfering with where I normally hold the lens with my left hand. Everything via the viewfinder was magnified so much and I couldn't keep it from moving around. Most of the shots I made was with 1/400, f/5.6 or slower. The result was abysmal...out of 30 shots, only 3 were not blurred. I also tried it with my cheapo $40 tripod and the result was slightly better but not by much. The tripod was shaking too much under the weight and the breeze. Panic set in.
The next day, I left work early and showed up at the bird reserve. The light was brighter and I was able to shoot at 1/800 or faster. I also paid attention to my breathing - back to basics. I moved the tripod bracket up and away so my left hand can hold on to the lens more securely. The results were much better...I got a bunch of keepers whose sharpness and clarity is just as good as the 70-200mm but at twice the reach! I felt much better.
A few days later (a Saturday) I went back to the bird reserve and spent half a day there. I was a lot more used to the lens, its weight and bulk. I figured out how to hold the lens with my left hand to minimize shake. I learned to take deep breaths then release the shutter while exhaling. I also cranked up the shutter speed to 1/1200 or even 1/1600 and set aperture at f/8 (its sweet spot). The result was stunning...razor sharp images with vivid colors and contrast...I didn't have to do a thing to the images with photoshop...jaw dropping awesomeness! What a difference a prime makes! I'm completely sold on this lens.
I realize that the IS feature on my 70-200mm coupled with relative short focal lengths spoiled me badly. I could just snap away happily and got good results (provided I can reach my objects). With this 400mm lens, one must be more careful. At this FL, any movement is magnified and IS is not there to help you when you need it most. I think I'm a much better photographer for learning to use this lens properly. It also kick start me into thinking seriously about investing in a good tripod and gimbal head...almost time to join the big boys.
To see some of the pictures, use flickr dot com and search for user tongho58 (that's me). I have a set named after the lens (EF 400mm f/5.6L USM).
1) The build quality is absolutely superb and built like a mini tank. Extremely durable. The white/cream, black and red line color scheme looks like a space aged telescope; very impressive design. Absolutely no slack, every screw and mechanism is tight and right. The built-in lens hood is very convenient for a lens of this magnitude, which extends outward even further making the EF 400mm look like a 'rifle scope' of sorts.
2) The AF is very fast and can target multiple subjects quickly like birds hiding in between branches for wildlife photography. Or you can just switch it to MF mode, and use the focus ring.
3) Shots come out very clean and crisp even at F/5.6 even without IS
4) I even use the 2x tele-converter, despite losing two stops of light, dealing with now F/11.2 (or 12) and managing camera shake, shots still come out very good, not the best, but really good at now 800mm!!! I suggest using a tripod for more stability with teleconverters.
5) Compared to other Super Telephoto lenses, this is very lightweight, but may still cause some neck strain with camera strap. I tend to hold both camera and lenses with one hand.
This is a great Super Telephoto lens to add to your collection!