Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM with Built-in Extender 1.4x Lens - U.S.A Warranty

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About Canon 200-400

Designed to satisfy the discriminating needs of sports and wildlife photographers, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X is a high-performance super telephoto zoom lens with an optically matched built-in 1.4x extender for maximum versatility. With a simple flick of a switch, the zoom range can be quickly increased to 280-560mm (f/5.6). This capability is extremely useful in applications where it is not possible to change lenses quickly, while also protecting delicate equipment such as a digital SLR camera's image sensor in environments with dust and high humidity.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X incorporates one fluorite and four UD lens elements, which provide excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range for professional quality images with high resolution, contrast and color fidelity, while a 9-blade circular aperturehelps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.

It utilizes inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing. And, with Power Focus mode, focus shifts are quiet and smooth, which is essential for filmmaking. Image stabilization is effective up to four shutter speed steps, with three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) providing excellent results for a wide range of subjects.

Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver outstanding color balance, while helping to minimize ghosting and flare. The lens is highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions. A fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces repels dust particles and makes the lens easier to clean.

The Canon 200-400 is commonly used for Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 200-400 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 200-400: Consistent output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

(7)
Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Consistent output (6),Fast / accurate auto-focus (6),Rugged (6),Strong construction (6),Durable (3),Nice bokeh (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (7),Wildlife photos (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Canon 200-400 Features

  • High performance L-series super-telephoto zoom with built-in 1.4x extender (280 560mm, f/5.6) makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography.
  • One fluorite and four UD lens elements provide excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, delivering high-quality images with high resolution and contrast.
  • Inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing.
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction.
  • Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide excellent results for a wide range of shooting situations.
  • Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver outstanding color balance, while helping to minimize ghosting and flare.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.
  • Power Focus mode enables smooth focus shifts essential for filmmaking.

Canon 200-400 Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture
Built-in extender at 1x: 200-400mm, 1:4.0
Built-in extender at 1.4x: 280-560mm, 1:5.6
Lens Construction
Built-in extender at 1x:
25 elements in 20 groups (incl. 1 rear filter)

Built-in extender at 1.4x:
33 elements in 24 groups (incl. 1 rear filter)
Diagonal Angle of View
Built-in extender at 1x: 12°-6°10'
Built-in extender at 1.4x: 8°50'-4°25'
Focus Adjustment
Inner focusing system
Closest Focusing Distance
6.6 ft. / 2m
Filter Size
52mm drop-in
Dimensions (WxHxD)
5 x 14.4 x 5" (127 x 366 x 127mm)
Weight
8 lbs (3.6kg)

Canon 200-400 Reviews

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5

(based on 7 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Super Super Telephoto

There is no more versitile lens in production that also incorporates an extender with no perceptable loss of quality. In my case, this lens is primarily used for outdoor sports. It is light, and easy to transport. This is a very expensive investment.

Reviewed by 7 customers

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

from Los Alamos, NM  -  Photo Enthusiast

This lens is extremely sharp thoughout the zoom range, and is still very sharp when the 1.4x extender is engaged. I replaced my 300mm, 400mm and 500mm primes with this lens and have been very happy with the results. Always being ready to compose an action scene with the correct focal length is great versatility.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You Can Handhold This Lens!

By

from Full Time RVer who travels the USA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I am a serious amateur who splurged on this lens because i love its flexibility. I traded in my 500mm F4 because i figured I would use this lens a lot more and I do. I use it 3 ways, Tripod with Sidekick when I can be stationary like when I had the 500mm; Monopod if I am shooting sports or rodeos; and handheld when walking around looking for birds and wildlife. I have to say you don't have to be a weight lifter to handhold this lens. Sure, when I am shooting a sports event I will use a mono-pod, but I have carried it around with a shoulder strap when walking looking for birds and can easliy draw it up to shoot. Left hand on the plate which enables me to use my thumb to tweak the zoom. Amazingly sharp too. Not sure anything is "not so great" other than price. This is a GREAT lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Extremely Nice Lens!

By

from Denver, CO  -  Pro Photographer

I sold a Canon 500 f4 and 300 f2.8 to afford this 200-400 lens. I am not disappointed whatsoever. The images are crystal sharp, focusing is extremely fast and the lens is lighter than the 500 but not much heavier than the 300. The color and bokeh are beautiful. The built-in 1.4 converter makes this lens a little better than the stock 500 with using a converter on it. I can easily handhold this lens on a large Canon professional DSLR body. I highly recommend it.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An outstanding purchase!

By

from New Mexico

This lens provides me with a replacement of 4 primes (200mm,300mm, 400mm, and & 500mm)in a single lens. It is easy to handle and about as sharp as any of the primes listed. Well worth the money when you consider the cost of the 4 primes!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect compromise, on safri, with ease

By

from Pine, Arizona  -  Photo Enthusiast

No doubt about it, in the desert, in the wind, animals moving, some close and some far, no lens changes and the results are above my expectations. For me, this lens may well replace the 500 mm. I can put on an extender if i need to, yet no need when used with my 5D Mark III. Would be nice if it were lighter, but i am able to hand hold if needed and capture the moments rather than wish i had.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeds Expectations

By

from Tennessee  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I shoot a mixture of sports and wildlife. Previous to purchasing this lens, I used a combination of 300 2.8 IS and a 70-200 2.8 IS II on two bodies for most activities. I generally felt the 300 was too short a lot of the time and I also spent a lot of time switching between bodies to get close up and far-away action. I decided to take a chance that the zoom function of this lens would allow me to get more images in frame and so far I have been very pleased. Have used it for two football games so far and have found the keepers from this lens alone exceed what I was getting from the two body combo I described above. A secondary concern was the loss of a stop (from 2.8 to 4.0). I use this with a 1DX and it simply hasn't been much of an issue. The flexibility of the zoom far outweighs that particular disadvantage. I shoot most things with this lens using a monopod. It is certainly heavier than the 300 I was using but not much of an issue with a monopod. I probably will not hand-hold this lens much. Not necessarily because of the weight, but rather because of the fact that I have found it difficult to hold the lens with my left hand and twist the zoom at the same time (right hand is on the body actuating the shutter). Maybe it is just a technique that I haven't learned yet . . . Optically, the sharpness exceeds my old 300 2.8 IS IMO. Focussing is just as fast or faster and the IS is certainly better and quieter. Flipping the switch for the built-in teleconverter is fantastic. I am not sure I can tell the difference between frames where it is in use and not, especially with good light. I had to sell my 300 and two other lenses to afford this, but at this point I think it is well worth it.

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super Super Telephoto

By

from Santa Barbara  -  Pro Photographer

There is no more versitile lens in production that also incorporates an extender with no perceptable loss of quality. In my case, this lens is primarily used for outdoor sports. It is light, and easy to transport. This is a very expensive investment.

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Shopper  this lens can use with canon eos 7d ?
BENJAMIN P  Yes, the Canon eos 7D and the EF 200-400 f/4L IS work together just fine!
Lyle P  Is this lens worth the money. How satisfied are you. ?
GREGORY M  I just returned from a month in Namibia, dust and wind and wonderfull wild things to photograph. I took two cameras and kept the Canon 200-400 with 1.4 extender on my Canon 5D Mark iii 100 % of the time. Never needed to change lenses for distant or mid range photos. My friends did and wow did thay pay the price in dust and dirt and frankly i did better than the other long lens guys. I got more exceptional quality once in a life time shots than i would have. Next time i use it on a crop sensor body for longer reach. I sure got my moneys worth greg
Shopper  I am looking for a good strap to attach to the lens to carry around either on shoulder like a golf bag or across the shoulder while walking. Anyone have a recommendation?
DAVID H  What's wrong with he strap that was included with the lens? There were two straps included in the lens package.
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