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About Canon 400mm F/5.6L

This Canon 400mm F/5.6L Bundle comes with $92.90 worth of free accessories including a ProOptic 77mm Filter Kit, Adorama Cleaning Kit and a New Leaf PLUS 1yr Lens Warranty and Shipping is free!

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.

The Canon 400mm F/5.6L is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Sports/action, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Canon 400mm F/5.6L is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon 400mm F/5.6L is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon 400mm F/5.6L: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged, Strong construction, Superior build quality and Super-sharp images

Canon 400mm F/5.6L Specifications

Construction
6 groups / 7 elements
Angle of view
6° 10'
F stop range
5.6-32
Closest Focusing Distance
3.5m / 11.5 ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:8.3
Filter Size
77mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
10.1" x 3.5" / 256.5mm x 90.0
Weight
2.8 lbs. / 1,250g
Mfr #
2526A004
SKU
CA40056AFU

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4.6

(based on 73 reviews)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (51)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent value for money

I have been owning this lens for the last two years. It's mated to my 7D for bird photography and I have absolutely no regrets. It's a delight to own. Initially I used to use it only on a tripod (since it doesn't come with IS). But since January 2012 I have done away with the tripod for shots of 1/125 or faster shutter speeds. It is so light that one can carry it effortlessly and is great particularly for birds in flight shots. My only grouse is that it has too long a minimum focusing distanc

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I have been owning this lens for the last two years. It's mated to my 7D for bird photography and I have absolutely no regrets. It's a delight to own. Initially I used to use it only on a tripod (since it doesn't come with IS). But since January 2012 I have done away with the tripod for shots of 1/125 or faster shutter speeds. It is so light that one can carry it effortlessly and is great particularly for birds in flight shots. My only grouse is that it has too long a minimum focusing distance. You can push a switch and reduce it somewhat from 8.5 m to 3.5 but that comes at the cost of focusing speed. At 3.5 m focusing speed is fairly slow. This results in missed opportunities for those rare moments when a bird perches close to you. For day long trips in the wilderness, it is best to carry the camera/lens as a sling rather than round your neck. I might one day graduate to a 500 or even 600 mm lens but I don't see myself parting with this lens ever. It is great for shooting from situations where a tripod is impractical - for example from a small rocking country boat !!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Almost a great lens

I purchased this lens for wildlife photography (trip to Denali), and was disappointed. This long lens is crying out for is! It really works best on a tripod. On my trip, we were for the most part restricted to being on the bus. When the diesel engine started, the vibrations were transmitted up the tripod and blurred images resulted. I guess I should have increased shutter speed to about 1000. But if you are on solid land (no boats, trains, etc.) and with tripod, excellent image. The other com...

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I purchased this lens for wildlife photography (trip to Denali), and was disappointed. This long lens is crying out for is! It really works best on a tripod. On my trip, we were for the most part restricted to being on the bus. When the diesel engine started, the vibrations were transmitted up the tripod and blurred images resulted. I guess I should have increased shutter speed to about 1000. But if you are on solid land (no boats, trains, etc.) and with tripod, excellent image. The other complaint I have has already been noted. That is the lens hood. It sticks all along its course. When not fully extended, it interferes with manual focusing. When it is fully extended, the lens is very long and doesn't 1. fit into my camera bag, and 2. doesn't allow access to lens cap. I see this as a serious design flaw.

Reviewed by 73 customers

 
5.0

Fantastic Lens

By

This lens is truly amazing! The images are SO sharp!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lightweight & Quality Super Telephoto Lens

By

The Canon EF 400mm (Prime) is a true delight. This is my first Super Telephoto lens from Canon, I absolutely love this lens. I will never sell this lens because it is really that good. 1) The build quality is absolutely superb and built like a mini tank. Extremely durable. The white/cream, black and red line color scheme looks like a space aged telescope; very impressive design. Absolutely no slack, every screw and mechanism is tight and right. The built-in lens hood is very convenient for a lens of this magnitude, which extends outward even further making the EF 400mm look like a 'rifle scope' of sorts. 2) The AF is very fast but can get 'confused' if you have multiple subjects like branches and trees for wildlife photography. I just switch it to MF mode, and use the focus ring. 3) Shots come out very clean and crisp even at F/5.6 even without IS 4) I even use the 2x tele-converter, despite losing two stops of light, dealing with now F/11.2 (or 12) and managing camera shake, shots still come out very good, not the best, but really good at now 800mm!!! You can use a tripod for more stability. 5) Compared to other Super Telephoto lenses, this is very lightweight, but may still cause some neck strain with camera strap. I tend to hold both camera and lenses with one hand. This is a great Super Telephoto lens to add to your collection!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

birds in flight

By

its fast in focus lite enough to hand carry with out a monopod. very sharp works well with my 70D rounds out my lens kit for long reach great for travel.

 
5.0

Superb Beyond Imagination

By

Just took delivery of this lens and went out to the lake for some test photos. Also with my photos of the day I used Canon's 1.4x III extender. Admittedly, BIF images are often hit and miss. However, I did manage to get some superb images at the 560mm range using a 5DIII, and hand held. Too bad I cannot include a photo for your review, but suffice to say, the lens exceeds my expectations. Its well worth the money. You won't be disappointed.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Canon's Hidden Gem

By

This is my 2nd canon 400mm f/5.6 lens. I use this mainly for Bird photography. It is light, perfect for hand holding as used in Birds in Flight photography. Did I forget to say that it is sharp and the crisp AF helps also if there is good lighting. This lens also rates higher than the 100-400 lens by Canon which is also a good starter lens.

 
5.0

Perfect item happy buyer!!

By

Great item, clean, very happy with it and it take clear crisp photos!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very sharp, great for birds in flight

By

I bought this to replace another lens that failed several years ago, so I have had plenty of experience with it shooting various wildlife, primarily birds for large prints, typically up to 36 inches on a side, using a Canon 40D, then a 60D. This lens is capable of extremely high IQ images. The best aperture is wide open at f5.6, f8 still holding up for critical work for 36 inch prints, including cropping, so it will really produce a highly defined 42-48" print if you are really careful in your technique. I consider this is a much better lens for use of fast moving small objects, such as small birds in flight, over the larger and much more expensive F4 or F2.8. The advantage is that this lens can be easily used hand held and at full aperture. F5.6 means you still have some depth of field at close range. The larger siblings are best used as tripod queens which naturally makes them not as responsive to quickly changing scenes in a 360 degree field, as happens often with wildlife. If you are seriously shooting sports or large animals such as deer and elk at a distance, the larger glass has an advantage, but really only one of two f stops. The only problem I had with this lens was an annoying problem with clear protective filters when I first brought it. I didn't get to carefully test it before a shoot overseas. It produced high IQ pictures in a quick field test before the trip. So I put a high quality UV filter on to protect the lens. Every shot was dead soft when I carefully reviewed them later. (Good thing I was being paid for other photography on the trip, not the bird pictures) I was very upset, as I lost many stunning scenes due to the issue. It turned out to be the filter, but not just that filter. When I tried to find a filter that would not act like a diffusion screen, I had to try over 20 filters to find one that worked. Ironically, it ended up being a cheap filter, not a B&W, or Tiffin, exc. So my one warning is be careful with filters on this lens.It a bizarre problem. I've never seen the issue with another telephoto, but I have seen it with wide angle lenses.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Customer Service

By

Have been looking at this lens for a few months, It's fast, lightweight, and great for Birds on the wing. Will use mainly for birding and wildlife photography. My only concern was whether or not it came with the tripod mount ring. The online assistance wasn't to sure, and never couold answer outright with a yes or no, and the item description wasn't very clear, pictures showed it, but the what's in the box didn't list it. Overall, very pleased with Adorama and will continue to order from them verses anyone else.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sleeper telephoto

By

This lens has to be one of the best values at or above 300mm. My first long telephoto and I still use it. No IS and no big aperture, but in daylight you can get some great images. I've captured a number of dragonfly with this lens and honestly I wouldn't use anything else. If I asked canon to change anything about this lens it would be to have a little closer focus. I've thought about having IS on it but honestly one of the reasons it is so sharp is that it does not have too many elements. With modern high ISO/low noise bodies, I think I can live without IS on this lens - it's not too heavy and the most hand-holdable of the super telephotos.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tack Sharp Wildlife Images

By

This lens is a big improvement over my previous Canon 100-400L, in that it creates very sharp images. It is also lighter to lug around, and I use it with and without a tripod. Not having a zoom is mostly OK, as I tended to use the zoom at 400 anyway. I would like this 400 to be faster and have IS, but for the price, a great addition to my imaging capabilities.

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David G  Is this lens compatible with a Canon EOS T2i?
SUSAN M  I have the Canon EOS Rebel T1i and use this lens frequently. It is compatible and works well.
David G  Thank you very much. I am quite pleased with my T2i results so far and am looking for a birding lens - sounds like this one would work. Dave
David G  Is this lens compatible with a Canon EOS T2i?
SUSAN M  I have the Canon EOS Rebel T1i and use this lens frequently. It is compatible and works well.
David G  Thank you very much. I am quite pleased with my T2i results so far and am looking for a birding lens - sounds like this one would work. Dave
David G  Is this lens compatible with a Canon EOS T2i?
SUSAN M  I have the Canon EOS Rebel T1i and use this lens frequently. It is compatible and works well.
David G  Thank you very much. I am quite pleased with my T2i results so far and am looking for a birding lens - sounds like this one would work. Dave
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