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CanonEF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender
 
5.0

(based on 24 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (19)
  • Strong construction (17)
  • Consistent output (14)
  • Nice bokeh (12)
  • Rugged (12)

Cons

  • Heavy (12)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (20)
  • Wildlife photos (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (6)
  • Low light (3)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (6), Pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

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5.0

Used almost every week.

By Jim

from Western NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction
  • Zoom

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

My photography has changes since I bought this lens. I now shoot more sports and wildlife. The lens is very good for everything that has action.

For football I can go sit in the end zone and cover the entire field from the far end zone to 10 yards out.

Motorsports, my keeper rate went up 2X by being able to zoom.

I now pick up some money shooting wildlife in the winter. I do not use a lot of zooming for raptors butI do for Florida wetlands. With my 7Dii in the sun or 1DX in dim light I have it all covered. Occasionally I will use with a Canon X1.4 MKiii. Canon used one of my eagle pics online that I took with the external X1.4 extender in line.

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5.0

Love this lens!!!

By southern texas

from McAllen TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Nice Bokeh

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

I use this mainly for sports, even in low light it does ok. Well lit scenario and this lens out performs any lens I have ever owned.

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5.0

Amazing lens

By Bill

from Virginia beach, VA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy Up Front Cost

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

This Lens is my primary wild life lens, after a lot of deliberation between the 400 f2.8 and 200-400 f 4 I decided on the 200-400 for its versatility. I have the ability to zoom and switch to built in 1.4 without having to remove the lens.

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5.0

What a lens

By Gary Stray

from Palm City Florida

Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

Brilliant lens !! I am an aviation photographer and just got back from a shoot in California with the U.S. Navy.
Used it with and without extender without change in results. Is it a little heavy? Yes but I had no problem hand holding it for most of the day in windy conditions. It is expensive but one of the best if not the best lens I have used in the pro Canon line for performance and versatility.
If you can pull it off financially don't hesitate you will not be unhappy!

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5.0

Fantastic Lens

By DBP

from Dallas, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

Versatility from 200mm to 560mm Zoom

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

First to choose for carrying everywhere

By Hide

from Tokyo, Japan

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

    As a sports shooter, I carry this lens everywhere. It covers from 200mm-560mm( within extender). When I move by plane, I can bring the equipment easily in a jet.This lens is the strongest partner for sports shooter, wildlife and news. You don't loose the chance with it. I also use the soft hood of Aquatech under the sun. Yes, I recommend this lens.

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    (15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Kids Sports

    By Anthony

    from Greenwich, CT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

    I get my chops broken by other parents when I show up with this lens on my 1DX or 1DC at my sons football games but when the parents and coaches see the end result with the shots that I get they soon realize what it takes to make those NFL quality images look awesome!

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great lens

    By Pop Pop pro

    from Richmond, Va

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

      Love this lens, works well on Canon 1DX

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      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      As Promised

      By Steve

      from Boise, ID

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

        Used for sports and wildlife. wish it was lighter. This is everything everyone has said about it. Just marvelous. Seriously thinking of selling my 400 2.8 now that I have this. Need to read the book on some of the features especially vidographers.

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        (27 of 30 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AwesomeLens

        By CWS

        from Ann Arbor, MI

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

          Primary use is for nature/wildlife photography. Prior to purchase I considered and tested the EF 400 F2.8 and the EF 400 DO F4 lens. The high versatility of the 200mm to 560mm range offered by this lens was the major decision factor in purchasing this lens. I took delivery just before the peak of the spring warbler migration and have shot ~2000 pictures over the last four weeks. The picture quality is awesome and my ratio of quality shots has significantly improved. Autofocus has been excellent, there is a slight increase in focus time with the 1.4x extender engaged, but it has not limited by ability to capture rapidly moving warblers.

          I predominantly shoot handheld (90% of the time) and I'm getting excellent pictures with shutters speeds in the 1/200 - 1/320 range using a 5D MK III. Although not exactly light, I have carried on a 12.2 mile trip using a BlackRapid strap.

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          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          First Class in every way

          By Kevin

          from West Virginia

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

          I use this lens for all sports, and it is ideal. the zoom gives it great range, especially for football and baseball, and the built-in extender just adds to that.

          It's easy to operate, with all of the switches being easy to use without looking.

          As for the performance, it's the usual top drawer Canon quality.

          With this lens and the Canon 70-200, you can cover any field of play and any sport. It's a beast of a price, but if you are serious about your shots, it's worth it.

          Even though it is lighter than most long range zooms, you still need a monopod for it.

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          (8 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This is lens do everything

          By Andres

          from Grand Rapids, Michigan

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

            This lens is amazing, delivery quality image as any prime lens, plus the feature that let you work in composition. This lens (200-400 f4) do the job of 200mm,300mm and 400mm primes 2.8mm. The only difference is the aperture (a little more than 1.2mm less of those three). Using late canon model cameras as 1D X or 5D Mark III, that is not problem. I feel this lens is a new generation of photographer's gear.

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            More Than I Expected

            By Mac McAndrew

            from Bradenton, FL

            Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

            Took it out immediately and shot with internal and external Extender(784mm-f13-1/1250-ISO1000-5DMkiii), I figured this should stretch the test. If I wasn't pleased it was going back! I kept it and am thrilled with the performance. The sharpness blew me away! If you can swallow the price (Took me a long time) you'll be blown away

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            (12 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Over the sticker shock on day one

            By Bob T

            from San Jose, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

              I'm an armature photography who enjoys wildlife and nature photography.

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              (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Incredible lens

              By Franklin Al

              from Franklin, TN

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

                  Received a couple of weeks ago, have shot two NFL games. Still learning but immediate results are incredible. Moving from a 300 F2.8, I now have a range of 200mm - 560mm. Now I can cover the majority of the football (American) field and capture action in great detail. Paired with a Canon 1DX,it is the most flexible setup and the quality of image and build is incredible.The price is extremely high but if you can justify it, you will not be disappointed.

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                  (16 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Yes, it is that good.

                  By Matt G.

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy But Hand-holdable

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

                  Using this for mostly aviation work, with some sports in the mix. Wow. I was blown away by Nikon's 200-400, and I always wondered when Canon would jump into that zoom range, and they did, with flying colors. This is an incredibly fast focusing, sharp lens, all the way through the zoom range.
                  Notes-I am currently using this on both a 5D Mark III, and a 1D Mark IV. I am looking forward to trying it on the 1D X.

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                  (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic - One of a Kind

                  By KJH Photo Nut

                  from Rochester, MI

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

                  The best lens that I have ever used. I had a hard time justifying the price, but once I received this versatile beauty I love it. I do not see any difference when compared to prime lenses and the loss of 1-stop is insignificant. With the low noise capabilities of current cameras, a 4.0 lens is wonderful indoors as well as outside. I use the lens with both a Canon 5D Mark III as well as a 1D Mark IV. On the Mark IV, the lens becomes a 260-728. Incredible and worth every penny.

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                  (9 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Yellowstone

                  By Jadoo

                  from Albuquerque, NM

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

                    Headed to Yellowstone soon and decided this would be a great time to test this lens out. So far I love the ability to go from 200-560mm with the flip of a switch. Should increase the number of keepers when the critters get closer than the 500mm will allow.

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                    (23 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Professional top notch quality!!!

                    By BrianThePilot

                    from Union, NJ

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

                      The experience of opening up a factory sealed box and unpacking it, the look, the feel, that new smell was amazing! It should be for the price but you get what you pay for and this mega lens is incredibly well built and designed. It is big but does not feel as heavy as I thought it would be.Comes with two support legs. The longer is for tripods and gimbal heads. The shorter leg is for monopods. Very sturdy and comfortable to carry by the support leg.Switching between 1X and 1.4X TC has a smooth and positive feel to it. A lock is incorporated in case you need to lock in the setting.Comes with the lens hood, lens case and keyed lock with key and straps. Case is very strong and strudy. Newer style ballastic nylon lens cap compared to the other older Canon long lenses which had a leather or faux leather cap.It's big. It's heavy. You'll get lots of attention when you take this lens out! It's silky smooth and sharp focus. It'll step up your game many notches! IF you can afford the price of admission then by all means get this lens.

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                      (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great lens for the outdoorsman

                      By Fort Bragg Guy

                      from Fort Bragg, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Built In Extender
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

                      I have found this lens excellent for shooting wildlife. Being able to adjust from the 200 to 400 plus the extender has greatly enhanced getting the right framed shot. Also being able to add another extender is great.
                      The weight is the only thing of issue but expected with all the lens does.

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