Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Image Stabilizer AutoFocus Super Telephoto Lens with Case & Hood - USA

Canon

About Canon

Super telephoto L-series lens with an Image Stabilizer for use in track and field sports as well as low-light nature and wildlife photography. The fluorite element and two UD-glass elements result in high resolution and high contrast. The ring USM and an improved AF drive algorithm make the AF speed the fastest in the world when used with the EOS-1v and EOS-3. This lens has the same AF stop and focus preset features as the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Strong construction (11),Fast / accurate auto-focus (10),Consistent output (9),Durable (8),Rugged (8),Easily interchangeable (4),Fast auto-focus (4),Superior build quality (4),Super-sharp images (3)
Cons:
Heavy (8)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (9),Wildlife (6),Wildlife photos (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3),Professional (3)

Canon Specifications

Construction
13 groups / 17 elements
Angle of view
6° 10'
F stop range
2.8-32
Closest Focusing Distance
3m / 9.8 ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:6.6
Filter Size
52mm Drop-In
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
6.4" x 13.7" / 163.0 x 349.0mm
Weight
11.8 lbs. / 5,370g

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.8

(based on 17 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

UNREAL!!!

This lens is OFF-THE-CHARTS!!! If you can get past the insane price tag, I promise you will not regret the purchase. This lens would be ideal for any Sports or Wildlife photographer. The max aperture is super fast when outdoors and the auto-focusing is FAST. The image stabilization is great. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED A MONOPOD OR TRIPOD. This lens is a BEAST!!! The above sample image does not do the lens justice. I think Canon should supply a sample image of an action shot for sports or wildlife....

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This lens is OFF-THE-CHARTS!!! If you can get past the insane price tag, I promise you will not regret the purchase. This lens would be ideal for any Sports or Wildlife photographer. The max aperture is super fast when outdoors and the auto-focusing is FAST. The image stabilization is great. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED A MONOPOD OR TRIPOD. This lens is a BEAST!!! The above sample image does not do the lens justice. I think Canon should supply a sample image of an action shot for sports or wildlife. After all, I feel like that is their target audience. If you look at any amazing NFL telephoto picture, chances are they shot it with this lens. The bokeh at f/2.8 is smooth and wonderful.

Reviewed by 17 customers

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Unicorn of camera lenses

By

from Charlotte, NC

I've had this lens now for about 2 yrs and I've had plenty of time to test it for photos and video. When used for photography the images have a certain look you can only get with this lens. It's a different look that I'd say that's even more special than the 50mm shot wide open at 1.2 For video this lens will give you a huge leap ahead of the competition due to the focal length and compression. When used on a 1.6x body for video you get even crazier results. I'm amazed and can only hope this lens will last my entire lifetime. It's truly the Unicorn of all camera lenses.

 
5.0

Great Lens

By

from San Francisco  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Good for birds but needs a tripod

 
4.0

Heavy

By

from Sydney

This lens is heavy so spend your money on MKII which is a lot lighter.

 
4.0

Awesome lens

By

from New Brunswick, Canada  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Bought used, but in excellent condition. Very satisfied with the sharpness of the photos I've been getting. Need a solid tripod and gimbal unit to ensure stability.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic.....Glad I didn't wait.

By

from Baton Rouge, Louisiana  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This lens is fantastic....top of the line. I use it for landscapes, wildlife, and sports. The clairity is unmatched and the pictures are beyond belief....perfectly clear. It is heavy, so a tripod or monopod is a must....but, you already know this before you purchase this lens. When I invested the money in this lens, I was rewarded with fantastic pictures. I wish I had gotten this lens before now.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Cannot do without it!

By

from New York City

I use this lens mostly but not exclusively for aerial photography. Beginning with the 5D Mark II then the 1D Mark IV (520mm equivelant) the 7D (640mm equivelant) I have done HD video shooting in addition to stills with this lens. Everything works well and the 14 pound combined weight is handled by a 30 lbs.capacity Cartoni Gamma fluid head with a gimbal head mounted on top. The thing I would change is the fabric and leatherette dust cover to an faster to mount cover. The OEM lens case is not capable of be shipped without damage so figure in the cost of a proper Pelican case if you need to move it a lot.

(8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A Lot of Lens

By

from Salinas, California

This is a very well built lens, though on the heavy side to say the least. I bought a 2X extender by Canon which works very well with this lens. I did a lot of reading on this lens and I find that most every thing I read is right on the money. Presently I am using this on my 5D and it seems to be a good match. I have only taken a hand full of shots with it so far and I'm still figuring out the best and fastest way to get it from my truck to ready to go. With this lens you bring to camera to the lens and not the lens to the camera. You will need a Tri-pod that can hold some weight or Mono-pod. I have used both and found that the Tri-pod works best for me. It is possible to hand hold it but it is a hand full.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So Far So good, and Pleased!

By

from Salinas California  -  Photo Enthusiast

First I would like to say I haven't had the lens on my camera that much yet, but I can tell you that I find that the 2X extender seems to work just fine with minimal loss. You will want to have this lens on a tri-pod or mono pod. I used both and find my tri-pod a better way to go for me. I do hear the IS system when it is on which suprised me a little but seems to work just fine. One thing I would suggest if you decide on this lens make sure your tri-pod can handle the weight because it isn't light.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Lens

By

from Monroe, LA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

If you're looking to step up from a telephoto zoom lens to something bigger and "badder", this is definitely a step in the right direction. Users of Canon's 70-200 f2.8 IS USM who photograph sporting events or wildlife subjects already appreciate the speed and clarity of Canon's f/2.8 L series lenses. If you haven't experienced the F/2.8 L series lenses, the benefit is awesome light gathering capability and spectacular shots with amazingly sharp subjects surrounded by nicely blurred background. In an effort to extend my reach with the f/2.8 70-200, I purchased the Canon 1.4x and 2x tele extenders, both of which produce as advertised, but at a cost. That cost being light gathering capability. The 1.4x tele extender costs you 1 f-stop and the 2x consumes 2-3 f-stops. The now longer the lens barrel creates a smaller functional aperture, resulting in less light reaching your sensor. This is fine for bright daylight shots, as lighting is usually not a problem. However as day becomes dusk, and dusk succumbs to dark, stopping action with a smaller aperture rapidly becomes a finite process. This is where the Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS USM shines. The large aperture at 400mm gives you the ability to reach out and touch your subject like never before with unparalleled light gathering capability. The result is amazingly crisp subjects with the professional background blur seen in sports and wildlife magazines. Sure, flash is possible with lesser lenses, but you can't always count on your flash to give you the fill and lighting you really need, especially at longer subject distances, such as during baseball and football games at night under the lights. I love having the option to leave aperture wide open, have the exposure I need to stop the action, and set ISO such that flash is not a requirement, but rather a luxury. This is not always possible with the tele extenders. On the downside, this lens is heavy and it is expensive. Neither of these issues has proven to be a permanent wall between myself and this lens. The expense is what led me to first purchase the extenders. They're great, but just can't possibly replicate what this lens does alone. For that matter, nothing else can. I strongly considered the 300mm version of this lens as well. It costs less and weighs less, but doesn't have quite the reach. I reasoned if I were going to buy something in this class, I wanted the glass the professionals were using. Many reviews suggest this is the prime telephoto lens most often used by professionals. After much consideration of my needs, I opted for the 400. The price tag was initially a large lump to swallow, but I have not been disappointed. As a matter of fact, the cost is only an after thought now. I have no regrets or any guilt over the expense, thanks to the great capability of this lens and the results I have obtained thus far. Without a doubt it's heaviest lens I have owned. I've never attempted to freehand this lens nor do I have any desire to do so. I removed the stock foot and installed a Wimberly Arca Swiss style replacement. I'm using a Really Right Stuff monopod head and quick release clamp, and a Bogen/Manfrotto monopod. This is a great combination for quick set up, and easy handling in the field. On a tripod, I love the Wimberly Head II for safety and ease of handling. It's firm hold, balance, and two finger control are hard to beat.

(91 of 92 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

UNREAL!!!

By

from New York, NY

This lens is OFF-THE-CHARTS!!! If you can get past the insane price tag, I promise you will not regret the purchase. This lens would be ideal for any Sports or Wildlife photographer. The max aperture is super fast when outdoors and the auto-focusing is FAST. The image stabilization is great. YOU ARE GOING TO NEED A MONOPOD OR TRIPOD. This lens is a BEAST!!! The above sample image does not do the lens justice. I think Canon should supply a sample image of an action shot for sports or wildlife. After all, I feel like that is their target audience. If you look at any amazing NFL telephoto picture, chances are they shot it with this lens. The bokeh at f/2.8 is smooth and wonderful.

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