Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
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- Image stabilised ultrasonic motor (USM) makes for silent and reliable operation
- Focus right down to 1.8m / 6 ft
- Switch between autofocus and manual operation
- Comes with 1 year manufacturer's warranty
- Filter Size: 77 mm
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|Item Dimensions||18.8 x 9.14 x 9.14 cm||19.3 x 9.4 x 9.4 cm||19.3 x 9.4 x 9.4 cm||25.65 x 9 x 9 cm||14.3 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm||16.8 x 19.6 x 31.5 cm|
|Item Weight||2.12 kg||1.64 kg||1.57 kg||270 grams||1.05 kg||1.14 kg|
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|Min Focal Length||100 mm||100 mm||100 mm||400 mm||70 mm||100|
|Mounting Type||Canonbayonet||Canon EF / EF-S||Canon||Canonbayonet||Canonbayonet||Canon|
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Zoom lenses are very convenient. The equivalent of two or more fixed focal length lenses in one unit. The maximum aperture of some zoom lenses changes as you alter the focal length, but through-the-lens (TTL) metering takes this into account to give correct exposure.
Canon offers this first EF telephoto zoom lens with a high-magnification zoom range of 100 to 400mm. This is the first L type zoom lens with IS (Image Stabilizer) system. The dual-mode IS mechanism corrects camera shake blurring equivalent to two shutter speed steps. The IS Mode-1 works for normal shooting and IS Mode-2 is suitable for panning shots of a moving subject, stabilizing images in viewfinder.
The optical system uses one artificial crystal fluorite and one Super UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass lens elements (3rd and 7th), which thoroughly correct chromatic aberration. The minimum focusing distance of 1.8m is achieved throughout zooming range. The floating system in rear focusing system is employed for the first time for EF zoom lens to achieve a high definition for the entire focusing range.
A ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) drives high-speed and silent AF and full-time manual focusing. Linear zooming design with zooming friction adjustment ring gives a good operability of this lens.
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I therefore looked at two 400mm lenses as additional firepower - the Canon 400mm prime lens & this zoom. I read various reviews, including ones in a recent edition of a Canon dedicated magazine & decided on the zoom largely because the prime does not have IS & I shoot handheld most of the time.
The lens arrived today, complete with a very substantial carry case, lens hood & tripod mount. Yes, it does weigh in the same as a couple of bags of sugar, but I have not found this to be a problem (the 70-300mm weighs in at 1.6kg, so I guess I'm used to the weight by now).
A jay very obligingly visited our oak tree & I took some cracking shots of the bird's acrobatics to get at the acorns. The clarity of the shots is superb even taking account of the overcast weather conditions at the time.
The 'trombone' zoom adjustment is a little strange at first but I don't think it's going to be a problem for me. The only thing to be aware of is that the lens can slide on its own if the grip is set to smooth - it just takes time to get used to.
Hopefully tomorrow will be a dry day & I can get out to play some more!
Zoom is push/pull and it is very easy and intuitive to use. I have had no issues with dust or any other problems with this mechanism. The included lens hood for this is huge and the inside felt lined. The tension for zooming can be adjusted to avoid lens creep and the manual focus ring is smooth and easy.
Autofocus works generally well I have found when using with my Canon 60D. Kids and animals running around, birds and aeroplanes in flight and the like are met with a pretty high success rate focus wise I have found. You will miss the odd shot focus wise of course, but nothing is perfect. A 5D mkIII or 1DX would be better in this regard I imagine.
Negatives? Well it is big and heavy and only f4.5 - 5.6. Larger aperture would always be good, as would a fixed aperture. We all want more all the time though of course!
A lot of money but it really does open up opportunities in your photography that are just not there otherwise. Even shots you could do with a shorter focal length can be done at greater distance, making candid shots all the better. With the largish range of 100-400mm too it can be left on more than you might think.
I have taken many hundreds of shots with this lens and remain impressed and pleased with my purchase.
Unlike my beloved Canon 70-200mm f2.8L IS USM, this 100-400 isn't a lens I would keep on the camera all day. But when you need that 400, it is unbeatable, and it is almost as good as the 70-200 in the 100-200 zoom range.
I pondered many months as to what lens was the best way forward for me and finally took the plunge with a very reasonable price of £1199.
This lens has not been removed from my 500D since purchase and despite being very heavy I find the weight to be an advantage in holding steady for the shot.
Picture quality has been a giant step for me from using the basic kit lenses EF-S 18-55 and Tamron 70-300 (woeful lens btw).. The focus is rapid and quiet although occasionally hunts around for the correct focus point.
I have taken shots at 1/60 handheld and still had very good results even out at the 400 end.
At the end of the day if you want sharper closer shots then I can easily recommend this lens even if you use a bottom range DSLR.
I own a Canon 7D and on my previous Sigma lens, when shooting video at the longest zoom it just wasn't sharp enoguh, I went out over the weekend with this and I have to say I am impressed with the sharpness of the video at full zoom.
I am pleasantly surprised that it's *that* much better than the Sigma and wish I'd bought it at the start.
Would I recommend this lens - YES 100% - it is heavy, but you get what you pay for, and the weight is well worth the quality of the images.
Can't comment on the dust problem that some have had - and I hope I never will.
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