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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM II Super Telephoto Lens for Canon EOS SLR Cameras
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||ET-155 (WII)|
|Compatible Mountings||Canon EF|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||6.42 x 6.42 x 13.5 inches|
|Item Weight||8.49 pounds|
|Lens Type||Prime lens|
|Macro Focus Range||2.70 m|
|Material Type||Magnesium alloy barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F2.8|
|Maximum Focal Length||400 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||400 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||16|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Shipping Weight||26 pounds|
|Style Name||400mm f/2.8L|
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|Color||Black, White||No||Grey||Black, White||—||Black, White|
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|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic||Stepper motor||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||6.42 x 13.5 x 6.42 in||2.72 x 1.54 x 2.72 in||3.54 x 10.12 x 3.54 in||5.04 x 9.8 x 5.04 in||5.75 x 15.08 x 5.75 in||3.7 x 7.6 x 3.7 in|
|Item Weight||8.49 lbs||5.61 ounces||2.8 lbs||5.29 lbs||7.03 lbs||3.46 lbs|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||49 millimeters||77 millimeters||52 millimeters||52 millimeters||77 millimeters|
The stellar combination of superlative optics, astonishing performance and brilliant construction, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens is the professional's choice for a long lens, and perfect for nature and wildlife photography. Over 28% lighter than its predecessor and now the lightest lens in its class, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM features Fluorite optics that deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration, a completely redesigned Image Stabilization system that offers up to four extra stops of performance, a newly-developed Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum, plus new construction in line with only the best that Canon has to offer. With a third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when the shutter button is fully pressed, and giving the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM allows for easy panning and is ideally positioned for professional action photography. With a new security slot for wire-type security locks, buttons and switches are redesigned for intuitive, deliberate operation, and dust and water sealing keeps the lens functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.
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The stellar combination of superlative optics, astonishing performance and brilliant construction, the EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM super telephoto is the professional's choice for a long lens, and perfect for nature and wildlife photography. Over 28% lighter than its predecessor and now the lightest lens in its class, the EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM features Fluorite optics that deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration, a completely redesigned Image Stabilization system that offers up to four extra stops of performance, a newly developed Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum, plus new construction in line with only the best that Canon has to offer. With a third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when the shutter button is fully pressed, and giving the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster, the EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM allows for easy panning and is ideally positioned for professional action photography. With a new security slot for wire-type security locks, buttons and switches are redesigned for intuitive, deliberate operation, and dust and water sealing keeps the lens functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.
- Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 400mm 1:2.8
- Lens Construction 16 elements in 12 groups (Including drop-in rear filter, Fluorite: G2 and G4, UD Lens: None)
- Diagonal Angle of View 6° 10'
- Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system, with focusing cam
- Closest Focusing Distance 2.7m / 8.86 ft.
- Drive System Ring USM
- Filter Size 52mm Drop-in
- Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 6.4 x 13.5 in, 135.8 oz. / 163.0 x 343.0mm, 3850g
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There are a couple of photographic subjects this lens excels at. You can get publication quality shots of anyone playing a sport. You can do this at f/2.8 down to f/5.6 before you start to lose the background cream effect. The added bonus is that at f/2.8 this lens nails sharpness and contrast with unnoticeable vignetting, so you really don't have any reason to stop down to f/4 unless you're going for depth of field. Those two wide aperture settings mean shooting at the minimum shutter speed of 1/1000 to capture action is relatively easy to pull off at ISO 800 or less. I recommend either screwing directly onto the monopod if you only need to aim horizontally, or using a tripod and the very affordable Manfrotto 393 gimbal head (if you don't want to buy Really Right Stuff and Arca Swiss mount gear.)
As anyone who knows how Sports Illustrated swimsuit photographs used to be shot, they did use the 400mm and 600mm focal lengths for compression effects and bokeh in their shots. They now use Hasselblad medium format cameras for the majority of their cover photos, the same as Playboy does for their centerfold photos, but the prior use for full body length shots should be considered.
Nature photography is the second use. Ranging from hummingbirds at 15 feet to deer at 500 feet, this lens allows you to get low noise images at f/2.8 in low light and shutter speeds down to a legitimate workable limit of about 1/30 with Image Stabilization turned on. I added a sample photo of a finch eating some grass. I recommend a monopod with the Sirui L-10 monopod head for shots that have a shutter speed that slow and require non-horizontal aiming. (For some reason people love the Manfrotto 234 monopod head. But even though I love Manfrotto, I think the 234 is junk.) You can hold and aim this lens without a monopod and hang the lens around your shoulder with the over-sized neck strap that comes included when not in use. You will have nearly impossible success getting solid Image Stabilized shots due to motion blur below 1/60 if you try to hold and aim without the monopod. But 1/200 is a breeze to shoot while hand holding with image stabilization turned on.
The catch is price. With these high end products, Canon spends whatever is necessary to develop a best-in-class product and sets the sale price post hoc to recover costs and make margins. Contrast this with the lower end equipment where a sale price is determined beforehand followed by the research & development costs and materials selection to ensure healthy margins. I have used lots of professional glass over the years and I can confirm that you do get the best when you buy this lens. And as many of us know, these lenses never depreciate in value.
So how do you make money? Well, you are able to capture images that no other lens can come close to getting. Remember those Canon advertisements every month on the 15th page of National Geographic Magazine back in the 1980s and 1990s? They were very likely using this lens or the 600mm f/4L USM with a teleconverter to get those images. Every sports photograph that you will take with this lens looks like a sports illustrated cover. You can imagine that for those of us that have access to a lens of this caliber, we're demanding top dollar for our images. The only way things could be better is if something like this was made for a Hasselblad.
I should also mention that I carry a 2X Extender III everywhere with this lens so I have access to 800mm @ f/5.6 if I need it. I did test that combination on hot air balloons with and without the 2X extender. I could barely make out the detail of people standing in the basket at 800mm. However I could not make them out at 400mm. I would estimate that they were about 5 miles away. That is effectively the limit of what you can resolve with a 2X teleconverter because the people amounted to orange blobs about 4 pixels large. The point is that I couldn't make out the people at 400mm, so there is utility to using a 2X teleconverter, despite the light being spread out over a larger area so the effective aperture becomes f/5.6. I have uploaded a picture of the case with the teleconverter. Also, I would suggest adding the Canon PL-C 52 (W II) to your order. It's just about $100 extra, and then you'll have a circular polarizer, which will likely be useful in certain situations you run into. It'll kill your light by 1.6 stops, so just compensate for the 1.6 stop drop in light.
If you can afford this, you'll get beautiful pictures of whales and dolphins in the ocean, breathtaking compressed sunsets against foreground objects, and the most incredible 24 x 36 posters of your nieces and nephews playing soccer that they'll be worthy of being posted up for sale at the entrance to Costco.
And if you are in LA, you just might make the other paparazzi jealous. You can sell your latest shot of the Kardashian women with their newest husbands to US Weekly and make out the layers of makeup that they cake on their faces.
This new (II) version of the lens drops several pounts of weight. Mounted on a 5d mkII, hand-holding this lens works for minutes at a time and isn't a problem. I'm very happy with the purchase -- fulfilled by Samy's Camera in CA -- a plus for those that are in WA state. I was lucky and got one from an early batch in December 2011.
- Awesome image quality. Sharp over the full frame at f2.8. Non-existent distortion in all images I've looked at.
- Can hand hold it for useful periods of time.
- Extremely fast and accurate auto-focus.
- Great for distance portraits and sports.
- Much better lens cover design vs. older "white whale" lenses -- much easier to remove and replace the lens cover. (see caveat below)
- New version of lens case. Easier to move lens in and out versus older style "white whale" lens cases.
- Attracts lots of attention. Good for those that want it. It attracts the ladies (!). I'm neutral on this matter.
- Expensive. Make sure to pay with a credit card that offers 2%+ cash back.
- New style velcro lens cover can fall off if not pulled snug with the lens facing down. Expensive to replace, so pay attention.
- Attracts lots of attention. Bad for those that don't want it.
- This lens should also be great for gigapan style work -- haven't had a chance to try this yet.
- Some photo post-processing software doesn't recognize this lens yet, and offers to correct using the wrong lens profile (eg: 400mm f5.6). Just skip these correction operations -- isn't really needed for this lens anyway.
- Get a good mono-pod to go with this.
- Don't drop it ... and watch your surroundings.
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Hand-holdable (for the young and strong), even with my 1DX mark II
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