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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens

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31 customer reviews
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EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
  • Focal length and maximum aperture: 400 mm f5.6
  • Lens construction: 7 elements in 6 groups
  • Diagonal angle of view: 6°-10°
  • Focus adjustment: Inner focusing system with USM
  • Closest focusing distance: 3.5m / 11.5ft
  • Filter size: 77mm
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Style Name: EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 9 x 9 cm ; 272 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.9 Kg
  • Item model number: 2526A017AA
  • ASIN: B0000C4GAP
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan. 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Style Name: EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM

Product Description

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. The lens also has a built-in hood and a detachable tripod mount.

Manufacturer's Description

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.


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94 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Theodore Mattas on 12 Oct. 2007
Style Name: EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
This is a lens designed for those who like sports and wildlife photography.One thing that can't go unnoticed is the optical quality even in maximum aperture.
Images produced by this lens are extremely sharp and contrasty. Autofocus is very quick and accurate. The lens is not very heavy (1.2kg) and it is easy to take handheld shots but if you choose to use a tripod or a beanbag (in safari vehicles) then this lens is an absolute joy!
It is probably the only "affordable" super telephoto lens in canon L series telephotos range and if you add the 1.4X MKII teleconverter you have a 560mm f/8 lens with only a barely noticeable image degradation. You can't go wrong with this lens.Excellent optics, beautiful...white-professional appearance, tempting price!
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Pete B on 29 Nov. 2010
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This is a cracking lens and worth every penny of the cost. It exudes quality and solidity. It's autofocus is fast and it captures images of extreme detail. You will miss out on some landscape shots if you go out with this lens alone, but for wildlife and birds in particular its a real treat.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By C. Hawkes TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Sept. 2011
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This is my first L-series lens. Given my experience, it won't be my last.

I enjoy bird photography, and my "go-to" lens with my Canon 60D (reviewed as 5 star elsewhere!) is the Canon EF 70-300 IS. Although happy with its performance, I felt the need for a little more length - and better quality glass, as most of my shots need tight cropping.

My choice was the 100-400 L zoom, or this 400 5.6. Having heard stories about the zoom sucking dust, I chose the prime, sacrificing zoom and IS, but gaining a slightly lighter lens and slightly better image quality. No regrets.

This lens is a beauty. Pin sharp even to the edges, and quite stunning image quality, even after cropping and at high ISO. The ultrasonic motor is fast and quiet, essential for wildlife shooting. Focus is tight and sharp, even when panning.

Do I miss zoom? Well, for most of my shots with this lens even more length, rather than less, would be nice! If necessary, I can always change lenses.

Do I miss IS? Well, a little - it's great on the 70-300 - but lack of it keeps weight and price down. And actually, I'm usually shooting either stationary objects from a tripod (so no need for IS) or moving objects - in which case I need a highish shutter speed anyway.

Despite its reach, this is NOT a monster lens. I've carried it on long walks to altitude in the Alps this Summer: it weighs just over a kilogramme, and that's the same weight as a litre of water. (Don't worry, I take both!) It's not a problem to handhold either, given shutter speed of 1/600 plus - quite achievable in decent light by tweaking the ISO. In hides and in the field I frequently use a double bean bag, which allows me to drop the speed significantly.

Without reservations, a great lens. I want to take it everywhere!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Justice Peace on 3 May 2012
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Tricky review for me because I own a 400mm f2.8 USM II and there is no comparison, nor should there be at eight times the price.
However, I bought this as a grab and go 400mm to use with a teleconvertor and keep on a cheaper DSLR.
And that was my first surprise.
This lens works better on a 600D than it does with a 1D mk4 or a 7D. I have no idea why. Perhaps it's just weight distribution?
I was getting better images handheld with the 600D over the more expensive Canons on a tripod.
I'm at f11 with a 2x and ISO800. Focusing is manual and that is the trickiest issue.
Because I want it for birds I'll need the 800mm most of the time.
I've posted a few seemingly dull shots just to show that sharpness can be achieved manually and handheld.
The satellite dish is at least 100 yards away and was taken at 1/200. Not that fast.
The wooden thing was about 20 yards and is about 3 inches in diameter.
The moon is 200,000 miles away and 2,000 miles wide.
The moon shot is handheld at 1/600 in the late afternoon.
All with a 600D which seems to shine with this lens.
JP :)
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Dean on 13 July 2012
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I chose this lens over the 300mm f/4L IS - I figured, as I wanted to photograph birds, I needed as much focal length as possible, and since I've never used an IS lens, I wouldn't miss it. It *is* sharp, and the autofocus is fast - although be aware, if you're trying to focus on a small bird with intervening foliage, it's still better focusing manually. It seemed terribly heavy and large out of the box, but I've walked around (up to several miles for many hours) with it, and it's no problem. However, the weight does make framing a small, distant subject trickier - and a lack of IS doesn't help.

To be honest, the modest maximum aperture (f/5.6) and lack of stabilisation does make a difference - I'm trying to keep exposure times to 1/400sec or faster, but even so, many shots have slight motion blur. Adding a teleconverter (extender) renders the viewfinder quite dark. Still, it can produce excellent shots of small perched birds, and larger birds in flight - the autofocus shines in this situation. Photographing flowers or insects is tougher - the large minimum focus distance (3500mm) means I'm constantly having to scooch backwards, and that can be hard in confined spaces (you'd need extension tubes for this sort of work). Butterflies can be a good subject, however - you can snap them from far away, thus not disturbing them.

This is the most focal length you can get in this price range - anything longer, and anything faster at this length, costs several times more. If you have good shooting technique, this could be ideal - so long as you don't mind some manual focusing (if using an extender/shooting in tricky situations), and so long as it's a sunny day. In dull/dim and confined situations, it doesn't shine.
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