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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens Imported

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Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6-32
  • Super UD and UD Glass Elements
  • Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11.5'
  • Focusing Range Limiter
  • Detachable Tripod Collar
  • Built-in Lens Hood
  • 77mm Filter Diameter

The EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens from Canon is a high-performance telephoto prime lens designed with portability and easy handling in mind. One super UD-glass element and one UD-glass element minimize aberrations and result in sharp pictures. The lens also has a built-in hood and a detachable tripod mount.

An ultrasonic autofocus motor (USM) enables fast, smooth and silent autofocus and fulltime manual override allows for precise manual focus even in autofocus mode. A two stage focus range limiter is supported by this lens and is applied by a switch on the lens barrel. By limiting the range of focus distance, you can reduce autofocus time and establish focus quicker on the subject within that range. The two available ranges are 11.5' to infinity and 27.9' to infinity. The minimum focus distance for this lens is 11.5'.

A built-in lens hood to minimize flare and a removable, rotatable tripod collar for stable and secure tripod mounting are provided by this lens. The lens is also compatible with Canon EF1.4x II and EF2.0x II extenders.

 

Super UD and UD Glass Elements
One Super UD-glass element, whose characteristics are similar to fluorite and one UD-glass element minimize aberrations and result in sharp pictures from corner-to-corner.
Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor
An Ultrasonic Autofocus Motor (USM) provides fast, smooth and quiet autofocus.
Focus Range Limiter
On the 400mm f/5.6 lens you can choose the focusing distance range with a switch on the lens barrel. By setting a suitable focusing distance range, actual autofocus time can be shorter. The two focusing ranges are 11.5' to infinity and 27.9' to infinity.
Manual Focus Override
Full-time manual focus override allows you to use manual focus mode for precision focusing at any time, even when in autofocus mode.
Detachable Tripod Collar
The 400mm f/5.6 lens includes a removable, rotatable tripod collar for stable and secure tripod mounting.
Built-in Lens Hood
A built-in lens hood deflects stray light, reducing flare.
Performance
Focal Length 400mm
Aperture Maximum: f/5.6
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance 11.48' (3.5 m)
Magnification 0.12x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:8
Elements/Groups 7/6
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.5 x 10.1" (8.89 x 25.65 cm)
Weight 2.75 lb (1.25 kg)
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
  • E-77U 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Tripod Collar
  • LZ1132 Pouch Case
  • Strap for Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    CanonEF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens
     
    4.7

    (based on 304 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (217)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (76)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (262)
    • Strong construction (199)
    • Consistent output (171)
    • Lightweight (160)
    • Durable (159)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (72)
    • Heavy (29)
    • Slow focus (13)
    • No image stabilization (8)
    • No IS (8)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (216)
    • Sports/action (121)
    • Wildlife (57)
    • Landscape/scenery (56)
    • Video (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (142), Semi-pro photographer (52), Enthusiast (40), Pro photographer (22), Casual photographer (15)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (199), Yes (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Wanted Quality & Flexibility... Got it!

    With excellent Canon glass already in the bag, 100mm f2.8 macro lens, 24-105mm f4L lens, 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM lens, and a 2X III extender, I have been able...Read complete review

    With excellent Canon glass already in the bag, 100mm f2.8 macro lens, 24-105mm f4L lens, 70-200mm f2.8L IS II USM lens, and a 2X III extender, I have been able to capture many excellent digital images... at a high price, but I am getting the results I paid for. So, when I was financially able to add a "creature" lens for out-of-the-way places, it came down to the best Canon primary lens I could afford that would allow me to be highly mobile or in static tripod locations. WITHOUT A DOUBT, THE CANON 4OOMM F/5.6L AUTOFOCUS LENS DOES EXACTLY WHAT I WANTED. A PERFECT COMPLEMENT TO MY OTHER GLASS! The price of the larger lenses (500mm, 600mm, etc.), which can cost the price of a used car and the weight issue were viewed as limiting factors... but certainly should be a consideration for "spot" photographers with money to burn or a vision to fulfill.To close this review, let me say that I love the flexibility of setting up my tripod and camera with the 400mm lens attached and then QUICKLY releasing the tripod locking mechanism to capture eagles in flight via the IServo setting, ISO 2000, and aperture-priority. With some handheld practice this lens is truly light enough to follow eagles in flight and capture SHARP images. Also, love the fact that I can carry it on trails for those surprise shots that just pop up. So, I am sure you can gather that I have NO intention of leaving home without it...400mm. Keep in mind, though, the Canon 400mm f/5.6L USM autofocus lens does NOT have the IS (image stabilization)function. Again, this can be overcome with practice. As a serious amateur photographer, the lack of an "IS" component has not affected my thinking or results in those ACTION moments.

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    Canon 400 5.6

    I decide to purchase this lens after reading multiple reviews of how sharp it is wide open. I'll be going on an Alaskan cruise and wanted a long telephoto that will get me close...Read complete review

    I decide to purchase this lens after reading multiple reviews of how sharp it is wide open. I'll be going on an Alaskan cruise and wanted a long telephoto that will get me close to any wildlife seen.

    I have been using the lens for about a month now. I have used it mostly with a heavy duty Gitzo tripod and an Arca Swiss ball head. I have used it only for wildlife and birds and even tough I have practiced good long lens technique shooting wide open, I have not gotten the sharp pics most people have raved about in their reviews.

    I have also shot hand held with similar results. The lens is light enough to carry and handhold for extended periods.

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    5.0

    Great Lens

    By Steve

    from Austin, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

    I got this for wildlife and bird. I've only had a chance to use it a couple of times, but the results are superb. It is almost as sharp as my 70-200 f/2.6L IS II, and a lot lighter. I really wish there was an f/4 version, but that would likely be too heavy and costly. This lens is long enough to really require a tripod, especially since it has no IS. I did try hand holding some shots, and less than half were acceptable (none were really great) even at shutter speeds < 1/1000. If you have very steady hands you might get away with it in bright light.

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    5.0

    Love this LENS!!

    By Gray Fox

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • For Me There Are No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

    This lens is of the highest quality. The 400mm is much lighter and sharper than my 200mm-500mm lens that I was previously using. 90% of the time I was at 500mm and was not needing a zoom telephoto, so I took a chance on the Canon 400 F/5.6 lens and have not looked back. The lens is easy to hand hold.

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    4.0

    Defies logic how good it is

    By Adam

    from Philadelphia, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Sharp
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

    I shouldn't like this lens as much as I do. Minimum focus distance of 11 ft!? 400mm@5.6, with no IS AND its big and heavy!?!?!?!?

    Those are some severely limiting factors when it comes to the usefulness of this lens. This is a lot of money for a lens with that many drawbacks.

    And yet, somehow, this lens is a lot easier to hand-hold than you might think, and it is INCREDIBLY sharp. Even with the 1.4 III extender it may be sharper than my 200 2.8L, which is no slouch of a lens.

    How, how, HOW is it so good?

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    5.0

    Great lens for the price

    By irene v

    from Lompoc, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

      I had been wanting a little more reach and find this lens gets me close enough without breaking the bank. No IS, but that hasn't been a problem. Not a low light lens, but even late evening is still fine as long as there is some light available. Using the 5D, Mark iii gives me more ISO options without grain. Very happy with purchase and B&H service.

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      5.0

      Awesome lens

      By The Birder

      from Sterling Heights Michigan

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

        I use this lens mainly for bird photography and I love it. Super fast focus with tack sharp images.. cant go wrong with this lens on a budget!!

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        5.0

        I'm impressed

        By mercury

        from Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • No Auto Focus With Extend

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

        Used with Canon 7D. Sharpest used at F8 at iso 800-1000 on a flying bird, hand held. Post processing with Lightroom adding a little sharpness with 50 to 70 noise reduction (depending on Light). Very sharp lens. Tested on a tripod with mirror lockup and timed shutter release so knew that if anything went fuzzy in the field that it was me and not the lens.
        Had a small problem with the original lens sent which was handled by B&H very professionally. I'm very comfortable purchasing from B&H

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        5.0

        Great Lens

        By Paul F

        from Rangeley, ME

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

        I use this product for wildlife and sports photography. It is a great lens for high light days. With f/5.6 it is obvious this is only for natural bright situations. Very shallow depth of field and autofocus is spot on every time. Image Stabilizer could be very helpful but for the price, this lens is a great product. Strong construction yet not too heavy to carry with you.

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        5.0

        Reach for the sky!

        By vespatime

        from Bethesda, MD

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

        Probably like so many of you, I compared this with the 300 IS, but for me I knew I wanted the added reach for birding and wildlife. I was willing to give up the IS for the added reach. I have not been disappointed. This is a phenomenal lens, with incredlible contrast and IQ. I knew that hand-holding would likely present challenges for me, and my percent of keepers hand-held is lower than with my 100-400, as one would expect. Once you factor in the f/5.6 and lack of IS, what you get for photos will take you to the next level in your photography. Needless to say, I am pleased with this purchase.

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        5.0

        Patience is a Virtue with this one!

        By Vince

        from Clayton, NC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

        I studied review after review on this lens. Bought it, got it home used it twice with my 7D put it back in the box and was going to send it back. I remembered some of the reviews commenting on a little learning curve with it. I took it back out and started experimenting and I'm so glad I did. It's not the greatest in low light but at 6.3 manual mode and auto iso it takes some really sharp wildlife photos. Sharp with great colors. A tripod is a must and it also takes great landscape photos.

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        5.0

        A great first professional lens.

        By Kristi the Birder

        from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

        I use this lens to go birding and it is my first professionally-bought lens. It has given me joy and many great wildlife shots I am pleased to have. It is definitely a nice first foray into the world of better and crisp pictures.

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        5.0

        If it ain't broke. . .

        By "T"

        from Michigan

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

          After testing this lens, to me it's no wonder that Canon hasn't changed this lens in years. After pouring over endless reviews; I finally sprung for it. My copy of this lens is really good if not fantastick. I currently own 5 other "L" lenses from Canon, this one might be the best. I love it!

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          4.0

          Don't judge this lens whiteout trying it

          By Yousef Abuaisheh

          from Amman-Jordan

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

          I bought this lens for wildlife and bird photography, the first impression was good, its not heavy as the 100-400 so its easy to carry and walk for long time. The lens sharpness and colours is fine not as the 400mm f.2.8 ii but for its low price the images quality is more than excellent.What I don't like is the built in lens hood, as we know one of the lens hood uses is to save the front glass of the lens but if you dropped the lens it will save the front glass but it might be bended or destroyed and its not changeable and you need to disassemble the whole lens to exchange it, so unfortunately you need to learn how to live with this hood.

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          5.0

          Excellent bird and wildlife lens

          By Casek

          from Oregon

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Reasonalby Priced

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Birding
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

            If your on a budget this is an excellent birding and wildlife lens. Very sharp wide open, not too heavy and resonably priced. Its not the fastes lens but if you can keep your shutter speed up its not a problem to hand hold.

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            4.0

            A Must Have Lens

            By Nature Girl

            from Raleigh, NC

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

              Very happy with this lens. I use with a 1.4 extender and still have excellent quality shots with quick focus. I wish I had purchased much earlier. A must have if you enjoy wildlife photography. Image stabilization would have put this lens over the top but you can still get great shots without it.

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              4.0

              Good Glass

              By Storm

              from Aberdeen, WA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

              My principal use of this lens is for wildlife photography and I currently couple it with my Canon 60D. The lens is a solid performer on bright, sunlit days. The overall edge-to-edge image quality is good but for my personal circumstances, the f5.6 is slower than ideal. I understood this going in to the purchase and am satisfied with the results for the price I paid.I shoot outdoors in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Much of my outdoor time is spent on cloudy or rainy days or under tree canopies with reduced lighting. This lens allows me to reach out towards my subject but does take time to hunt for focus in subdued lighting. I typically stabilize the lens on my tripod and focus manually using live view and 5x magnification assist. The product quality is superb. The glass is excellent and the build is heavy and solid. This is not a lens that I am personally able to hand hold. A tripod is recommended for individuals like me who may deal with neck or mobility issues.

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              5.0

              Superb lens!!!

              By Desmojosh

              from Maple Shade NJ

              Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

              This is my first L series lens..... And all I can say if WOW!!!!!!!! This lens is tack sharp & the reach is fantastic. The images that you get from this lens are fantastic even when cropping!!!!! I shoot a lot of wildlife (birds) and the foucs is super fast and super quiet. If your thinking about buying this lens..... Just do it!!! This lens is a treasure!!!

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              4.0

              Great lightweight telephoto lens.

              By Clayton

              from Chico, CA

              Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

              I bought this lens for my wife who needed a lightweight telephoto for bird photography. She has no problem handholding this lens for hours of shooting. I have used the lens with my 7D and was very pleased with the image quality and focal length for wildlife shots. The auto focus is a little slow and temperamental but overall an excellent value.

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              5.0

              Fantastic Lens

              By Maureen

              from Cheshire, CT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

                I spent Saturday along the Connecticut river looking for eagles and snowy owls. With my gizmo monopad and my Canon 7D with 400mm lens I was more then ready. I have the 70-200mm IS USB and it is a great lens, but the 400mm gave me the extra reach I needed. I have no complaints other than not kicking out the extra money for the IS. I would pick this over the 70-200 for daytime bird shots/wildlife. Very nice compliment to my growing Canon lens collection.

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                5.0

                Absolutely brilliant

                By Cf

                from Ireland

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

                  Very happy with this lens, was trying to decide between this and 300 f4 but glad I chose this. No is isn't a problem

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                  5.0

                  nice lens!

                  By Urban Woods Woman

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens:

                    This is a fine complement for my 7D. I have some nice wildlife shots with great clarity, color and sharpness. As I read in earlier posts, the lens is quite mobile with great IQ! I have yet to use my tripod for fine IQ!

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