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.
I rented this lens for 1 week this summer when I had some cash in my pocket and I was looking for a hand-holdable lens to mount on my 7d that offered more reach than my 70-200 for nature/birding. After quite a bit of internet research I was torn between the 300 2.8 II and the 400 2.8 II. I'll start by saying that this lens is nothing short of spectacular. If you can afford it and carry it for your intended/expected durations then I wouldn't hold back on it! It is really a joy to shoot with this lens. I'm not a great photographer (more money than skill), but the images that I captured with this lens after spending a few days of quality time with it were flattering to my abilities. I used the lens freehand for some outings and with a monopod for others. I sometimes used my 1.4x extender and noticed no appreciable tradeoff with AF or IQ performance. At the end of one week, however, my shoulders, back, and arms were paying the price for carrying this lens around. For once-a-week outings I'd probably be fine with this lens, but I was really hoping for something that I could haul around on my annual Adirondacks vacations. Those trips are 10 days long with ~5-8 mile hikes on a few days - sometimes climbing ~4000 ft. hills - and I knew from my short experience with this lens that I wouldn't be able to take it with me through those conditions. I almost wish that I could ignore my annual hiking trips when considering this lens, since I know that it would be more than manageable for one or two days at a time, but I ended up getting the 300 2.8 II and I'm really happy with my decision. Maybe someday I'll once again have enough cash in my pocket to get the 400 2.8. I'll buy it in an instant knowing that the 300 2.8 II is in my bag.
Canon's updated version of the venerable 400-2.8 telephoto lens is wonderful to use since it weighs four pounds less than its predecessor. The focus is lightning quick for covering a sport such as professional baseball with a shorter throw to infinity for the updated model from version II, which was still a great lens. But the best aspect of the new version is the weight--at seven pounds, it is a lot easier to slog around with the lens while covering sporting events than its predecessor. The bad thing is simple--the price. At nearly $11,000, the lens is pretty tough to pay for these days as the editorial market for photographs marches to a low ebb.
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I got this lens to replace my 400 2.8L VI. I really like this lens but I have to say I cannot see a real big improvement over the IQ, between VI and VII. If I had to do it all over again, I may have kept my VI. I am not unhappy at all with the upgrade, I just may have been expecting to much. Still a great lens and would recommend it to anyone.
A great versitile lens. Not only do I use it for the reach of the 400mm but find that I'm using it for portrait and macro shots as well. The image quality I get at the closest focusing distance is so good that I can crop the image down to see individual hairs on the legs of dragonflies and use the image for print. I have it mounted on the 1DX at present and the frame rate for sports and wildlife is amazing. I have never had the first edition of this lens so I can't compare the weight difference many users claim is quite significant but I find it can be hand-held for short periods of time under the right conditions. I shoot alot of 5 & 10k foot races and the color contrast and fleshtones are amazing without any post processing. I know this lens is expensive, but if photography is your passion then this lens will satisfy.
Due to the expense, I waited a long time to acquire a lens like this, but I am extremely happy with the results. I am using it for wildlife photography and have no complaints. It is everything I had hoped for and I look forward to many more outdoor adventures with this piece of precision equipment.
I'm a professional motorsports photographer and this new version of an already industry-standard lens is amazing. faster, tougher, and lighter than the previous 400 2.8! Sure it's expensive, but worth every penny!
It is an excellent lens! I use it with my Canon EOS-1D X camera. Actually I have some Canon L series lenses such as Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8l IS II USM, Canon EF 85mm f/1.2l II USM, Canon EF 14mm f/2.8l II USM, Canon EF 100mm f/2.8l IS USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8l II IS USM and of course my new Canon EF 400mm f/2.8l II USM. I use my another lovely camera Canon EOS-5D Mark III. I like this new lens very much! The picture quality is excellent!
The Canon 400 mm f 2.8 MK II is outstanding in all aspects. The f 2.8 opening provides superb images wide open, the weight has been significantly reduced allowing for its handheld use for photographing birds in flight for up 3-4 hour (personal limits). It weight reduction also is a great advantage when carrying in the field with a tripod. I use this lens with the 5DIII and the autofocus performance is incredible delivering a 95-98% of in-focus images. When used with a 1.4X Canon MKIII image quality degradation is not noticed. I replaced the foot with one that provides a lower height profile, lighter weight and a built-in groove for mounting to ballheads without the need to use a mounting plate.
I have many lenses in my line up but this lens paired with a 5d3 or a 1dx is absolutely remarkable. Would recommend it to ANYONE. Don't let the price scare you away. Use it once and you will be hooked!