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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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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.
Image quality: The Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM is the company's longest focal length with a fixed 2.8 aperture, so it is natural that Canon will pull out all the stops to get it right. This lens, along with the Canon 300 f/2.8 IS II USM, has somewhat of a halo effect even within the big white line. My experience after less than 1 month of use is that sharpness, contrast and color tone are absolutely excellent at all apertures even with the 1.4x II extender. In practical use there is no observable light falloff, even wide open, with or without the TC. I haven't tested it with the 2x TC. The out of focus rendition or bokeh is silky smooth with rounded specular highlights due to the 9-blade diaphragm, even with the TC in place. The OOF rendition is very special and different than that of any other lens I own, which includes a small arsenal of L lenses. The bokeh produced by the Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM is enough to justify the price of admission over lesser products. But, as they say on TV, there is more.
AF performance: Fast and snappy when paired with the 5D mk iii, as tested. A small amount of hunting was observed when fitted with the 1.4x II; AF performance with the 1.4x III does not appear to be better than the 1.4x II. Based on the reviews (not my own testing), the 1Dx ought to extract an extra bit of performance out of the lens, especially in relation to focus tracking accuracy, due to its higher supply voltage and smarter electronics. A firmware update was released in 2012 which reputedly improves AF accuracy when shooting in AF servo mode. If you buy the lens used, make sure to ask Canon to check whether your lens has the current firmware. Only Canon can update the firmware, and they will do it at no cost to the user.
Weight: Canon took several steps to reduce the weight of the lens by 28% (~3.5 lb) relative to version I. The lens makes extensive use of magnesium in the body shell, selective use of titanium, advanced plastics (in the included hood, for example), and removal of the old meniscus front element. For photographers moving up and down the sideline (as is my case) the weight reduction is a godsend. Shooting handheld is possible with this lens but in my experience the results are not always optimal, IS notwithstanding. The carrying strap is a necessity to move around when the lens is not mounted on a monopod or tripod; the strap is padded and feels comfortable overall, though it tends to get tangled up with the camera strap and the lens' handle.
Usage: If you are shooting this lens professionally in newsworthy environments (like, for example, the ongoing Soccer World Cup where the Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM is a dime-a-dozen) nobody will care much for it. Your only concern at that point is theft, for which I strongly recommend making a habit of using the Kensington-type wire security lock built into the tripod ring, plus buying full insurance for the lens (about $90/yr. in my case). If, however, you are using this lens like I do in non-professional settings, you will draw a lot of attention. And I mean, A LOT of attention. If you are the social type (or need a date) you will feel right at home. This aspect of the lens doesn't affect me one way or the other, but be prepared to be approached by people with self-confessed "lens envy" or be accused by some random guy (as I was) of trying to "compensate for inadequacies". Just too funny. When some guy saw me with the lens, he yelled from 20 yards out "Sports Illustrated" while his friend was humming out loud the ESPN Sports Center jingle! Whatever! To reiterate, insurance will give you peace of mind in the face of illicit attention. Besides the social type of attention, the Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM does require significant attention in terms of good technique to obtain optimal sharpness, careful handling due to the weight and size (I almost dropped it when fumbling with a TC!), and careful attention to depth of field. At a subject distance of 3m, the DOF is only 8 mm at f/2.8!
Workflow: Processing images in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom v.5, my workflow for the Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM is different relative to other lenses. For the same camera settings, I find myself needing less correction for color, contrast, sharpness, etc. than with my other lenses. Images are essentially perfect out of the camera. Your mileage may vary.
Carrying case: The hard case included with the Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM is as beautiful as it is expensive and useless. A soft backpack is much more practical for safely transporting this lens around. I purchased the Tamrac 5793 Super Telephoto Lens Backpack, which works fine.
Price: Yes, the Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM is expensive, but it is not overpriced. If you are a busy professional, paying this much for a lens is part of the cost of doing business. However, the $11,499 price tag does not appear to be cast in stone. I was pleasantly surprised when one of the reputable photo stores in New York quoted me a price 8% below street price. If you want this lens, make sure to get a written quote before buying it, rather than using the click to buy option.
Summary: The Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM is an absolute joy to experience and own. If you are a professional photographer shooting sports, wildlife, news, and even portraits, this lens will get the job done. As far as the photo enthusiast is concerned, if you can afford it, you cannot possibly go wrong with this lens. Other options which I considered are the Canon 200-400 f/4 EXT and the Canon 300 f/2.8 IS II USM, the former costing essentially the same and the latter costing about 60% as much as the 400. In the end, the Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM was the right choice for me. The combination of 400mm focal length and 2.8 maximum aperture are just addictive!
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