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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens
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- 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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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens
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|Dimensions||9 cm x 25.7 cm x 9 cm||12 cm x 25.8 cm x 10.6 cm||9.2 cm x 18.9 cm x 9.2 cm||9.4 cm x 19.3 cm x 9.4 cm|
|Item Weight||272 g||2 kg||2.1 kg||1.6 kg|
|Mounting||Canonbayonet||Canon EF / EF-S||Canonbayonet||Canon EF / EF-S|
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Style Name: EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM
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.
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.See all Product Description
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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!
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hired this a few times and the images are super sharp! Razor sharp!!Published 1 month ago by Andrew Carl Baines
I was looking at purchasing the Canon 100-400mm zoom then convinced myself I would be mainly using it at the 400mm end so why waste money when you can buy the Canon 400mm f5. Read morePublished 3 months ago by G-Tay
It's a good lens. Obviously not image-stablised but so long as the shutter speeds are high enough you should be ok. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Toehoke
Fabulous image quality, exactly as all the reviews promise. There is a bit of learning though to get the best out of it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mqp
If a picture paints a thousand words, then I am glad I bought this... Go to Flickr and search this lens, for all the Answers. Second to none in its price range. But use a Tripod... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Nick Bond
One of Canons finest....this is the lens to own for bird in flight photography...i jumped from the Nikon camp just to get my hands on this lens ' and it was well worth it... Read morePublished 13 months ago by mark
It's light, fast and gives sharp images, perfect for shooting flying birds. The price is reasonable as well for an L lens that's built like a tank. What else could you ask for?Published 17 months ago by Petri