Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Image Stabilizer Super Telephoto Lens, USA Warranty

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Canon 400mm F/2.8L: Picture 1 regular $9,999.00

About Canon 400mm F/2.8L

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.

The Canon 400mm F/2.8L is commonly used for Sports/action, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 400mm F/2.8L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Canon 400mm F/2.8L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 400mm F/2.8L: Consistent output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (6),Strong construction (6),Consistent output (5),Lightweight (4),Nice bokeh (4),Durable (3),Fast auto-focus (3),Superior build quality (3),Super-sharp images (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (6),Wildlife photos (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (4)

Canon 400mm F/2.8L Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture
400mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction
16 elements in 12 groups (Including drop-in rear filter, Fluorite: G2 and G4, UD Lens: None)
Diagonal Angle of View
6° 10'
Focus Adjustment
Inner focusing system, with focusing cam
Closest Focusing Distance
2.7m / 8.86 ft.
Filter Size
52mm Drop-In
Max. Diameter x Length
6.4 x 13.5 in. / 163.0 x 343.0mm,
Image Stabilization
Completely redesigned system, with 3d IS mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when shutter button is fully pressed, giving equivalent effect of a shutter speed 4 stops faster
135.8 oz. / 3850g
Fluorite optics, newly-developed Fluorine coating
new security slot for wire-type security locks
dust and water sealing
Special Feature(s)
Over 28% lighter than predecessor
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Canon 400mm F/2.8L Reviews

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perfect comes with a price

After years of lugging heavy lenses back and forth on the NFL sidelines, this lens is a real treat due to it's reduced weight. This lens can actually be held held. While I don't see a tremendous difference in sharpness over my previous 400 2.8, the aesthetic quality of the bokeh seems to be more pleasing than the earlier version. The colors seems to be richer with added saturation. I've also added the 1.4 III which doesn't really seem to slow the lens down that much in terms of focusing speed...

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After years of lugging heavy lenses back and forth on the NFL sidelines, this lens is a real treat due to it's reduced weight. This lens can actually be held held. While I don't see a tremendous difference in sharpness over my previous 400 2.8, the aesthetic quality of the bokeh seems to be more pleasing than the earlier version. The colors seems to be richer with added saturation. I've also added the 1.4 III which doesn't really seem to slow the lens down that much in terms of focusing speed. I'd rate this lens a 9.9, I'd give it a perfect ten but everything has room for improvement.

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from Rochester, NY

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Weightless wonder


from denver, co  -  Pro Photographer

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.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


The top one canon dealer in US


from Milwaukee  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Excellent service and great professional!


Great Lens!


from Maine

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Quality Lens


from Florida Keys  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Simply the best!


from Hillsboro, OR  -  Casual Photographer

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.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Best lens ever


from Hayward, CA  -  Pro Photographer

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!

(2 of 40 customers found this review helpful)




from New York, NY

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!

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding Performance


from Carrollton, VA

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.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)




from Fort Worth, TX

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!


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Shopper  I don't see any mounting (tri or monopod) hardward reference nor do I see it listed as an accessory? Is it included? How does it attach?
JOE G  It comes with the mount already on the lens. The mount will have a small and large thread mount for a tri or mono.
Shopper  Using the 300 2.8 is usm on a 1d mark IV and wanting to upgrade due to increased concert photo shoots. Need more reach and would also like some feedback on using upgraded tele-converters with 400 mark II lens. I now use the early version converters on the 300 with mixed results. Any comments?
JOHN E S  I have great success with both the 300mm 2.8 and the 400mm2.8 (latest versions) using the newest versions of the tteleconverter in 1.4 and good results with the 2.0 on the 400 mm and fair to good on the 300 mm There is little to no degrading using either the 1.4 or 2.0 on the 400mm. The 400mm is an extroudinary lens and my favorite lens for bird photography in less than ideal light
Kathy H  Does the new ef 400 f/2.8 IS II come with a drop in filter holder?
ED P  Good luck finding a polarizing filter for it..
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