Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/38
  • One Fluorite and One Super UD Element
  • Air Sphere Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Rotating Zoom Ring & Torque Adjustment
  • Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Overview

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A long-reaching telephoto zoom characterized by a sophisticated optical design and advanced image stabilization technologies, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is part of the esteemed L-series developed for full-frame EOS DSLRs. One fluorite element and one Super UD element have been incorporated into the lens' construction, and both help to reduce aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range in order to deliver notable clarity, image sharpness, and faithful color reproduction. An Air Sphere Coating has also been applied to lens elements in order to reduce lens flare and ghosting for more contrast-rich imagery. Benefitting the optical components of the lens, a four-stop effective Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake and can be dedicated to different styles of shooting. Furthermore, a redeveloped rotation-type zoom ring pairs with an internal focusing mechanism, and an Ultrasonic Motor, to deliver quick and intuitive handling to benefit handheld shooting. Positioned as a versatile option for sports and wildlife photographers, this lens' list of attributes make it a viable telephoto zoom for a variety of shooting applications.

Housed within a weather-resistant barrel, this lens also features fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements for protection against fingerprints and smudges from affecting image quality. Zoom control is complemented by a dedicated tension ring for adjusting zoom torque. Additionally, other refined design elements include a tripod collar that can be attached or detached with the lens mounted to the camera and an included lens hood that permits easy control over specialty filters with the hood in place.

Telephoto zoom is compatible with full-frame EF-mount DSLRs, as well as APS-C-format models where it provides a 160-640mm equivalent focal length range.
One fluorite element and one Super Ultra-Low Dispersion element help to correct chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for a high degree of sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.
An Air Sphere Coating (ASC) has been applied to lens elements to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting for maintained light transmission and high contrast in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Additionally, three dedicated image stabilization modes are available—Standard, Panning, and During Exposure Only—and can be selectively employed to suit a variety of types of shooting.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with optimized focusing algorithms and a high-speed CPU, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
The rotation-type zoom ring offers precise adjustment between zoom positions, especially when shooting handheld, and a zoom torque adjustment ring enables easy setting of the zoom tension for personalized control.
A weather-resistant design protects the lens from dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions. Additionally, fluorine coatings have also been applied to the front and rear lens elements for further protection against fingerprints and smudging.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
A redeveloped tripod collar can be attached or detached from the lens without having to remove the lens from the camera.
The included ET-83D lens hood incorporates a side window for easier adjustment of rotating filters with the hood in place.
UPC: 013803240863

Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Specs

Focal Length 100 to 400mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5 to 5.6
Minimum Aperture f/32 to 38
Lens Mount Canon EF
Format Compatibility Full-Frame
Angle of View 24 to 6 10'
Maximum Magnification 0.31x
Minimum Focus Distance 3.22' / 98 cm
Optical Design 21 Elements in 16 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
Focus Type Autofocus
Image Stabilization Yes
Tripod Collar Removable and Rotating
Filter Size 77 mm (Front)
Dimensions (DxL) 3.70 x 7.60" / 94 x 193 mm
Weight 3.6 lb / 1640 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 5.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.5 x 7.4 x 7.2"

Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Reviews

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 535.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens - I get the L series thing now... I've been shooting baseball and swimming as means of keeping my parental mouth shut for a long time (lucky enough to have a kid playing ball in college). I had been using a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX as my primary (no image stabilization) for almost 10 years (a very good lens - imho). However, paired with my 7D this lens made a huge difference - I haven't touched my Sigma 70-200 since. Tack sharp and quick accurate focusing - I guess I get the whole Canon L series thing now. I take a lot of photos and give them all away to parents and the school (no hate from the pros please) - this lens made a huge impact on the quality of my images.
Date published: 2015-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Don't give up on what a telephoto lens best used for. I have had my 100-400 II for two months now and am still learning the lens. L series are always impressive in my experience but this one is rediculas. Landscape, wildlife, sports, portrait even macro it is without competition. I had the earlier version of this lens and used it for wildlife and sports but never would I use it for all of the rest. I can't wait to start lining up the trips to catch the light with this lens. It is an investment into any photographers future it stands out like no other in my experience and now I am working to use it more and more in my profession. I have it on a 7d mk II body and what a combination.
Date published: 2015-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! I have now used this lens on a 5DSR body for two years. I have shot several full moon pictures at 400mm (on a tripod) and can clearly see all the contours of the moon. Most importantly, I have been able to use this at ISO 6400; 1/160-1/250 inside convention centers and high school gyms to shoot gymnastics competitions and winter guard competitions over the full focal length range. Images are crisp and clear coupled to the 5DSR. The image stabilization is amazing. Grain doesn't get unacceptably bad unless image is significantly cropped. Outdoors, this lens is simply incredible.
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding for handheld even at 400mm Well, I'm an amateur not a pro but this lens is outstanding. I started to buy the older model while they were still in stock but knew I could really use the improved IS of this model as I'd mostly be shooting handheld. I had a chance to play around with it this weekend and was really impressed with the IS and the picture sharpness and color. I use it with a 60d. The lens is more compact than I expected and the weight really isn't that bad. Not cheap but seems like it would last till I'm an old man. Comes with a very well designed case as well. I will try to attach a couple of backyard bird shots from this weekend. All shots were at 400mm handheld with a crop to boot.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth every cent! The price of this lens may make you hesitate, but don't let cost keep you from one of Canon's best lenses. It is well worth the asking price. I got this lens on a Thursday evening, and put it to the test the following Saturday. Went to a model airplane annual show and took over 2500 shots with this lens and my 5Ds R. The detail of in flight shots is outstanding. All AF point selection with AI Servo gave me a very high percentage of great shots. This will be a great combination for Birds In Flight. Resolution tests on a tripod were surprising. This lens beats most of my other high end L lenses. Canon got all their ducks in a row with this one. A friend is ordering one due to the results I've had with mine. Get one yourself, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2015-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from As good as it gets This lens AF is quite responsive and snappy, dont be afraid because of the narrow aperture for focusing in low light, despite there may be chances where increasing the ISO is a must. This lens is very sharp and focus very close for this kind of telephoto lens. I carry it now more often than my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Mk2 unless I need to stop action in low light or better bokeh is required. Having said so, this lens also produces very good bokeh but obviously you need to either get close to the subject or increase your focal distance. On the other hand, this lens is heavy, especially if you plan to move around but you already should know that as, it is built like a tank.
Date published: 2018-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EF 100-400 Lens ll First I rented this lens primarily for wildlife photography for an upcoming trip to Yellowstone to go along with my new 5D Mark lV. I was so I was impressed with the lens afterwards that I sold my 70-200 2.8 in order to purchase the 100-400. I wanted more reach and this lens gave it to me. I got wonderful detail handholding and resting on the car window for several animal shots. I put it on a tripod to shoot antelope and the results were simply amazing. What really caught my eye was the number of these exact lenses used by photographer's while we were in the park. Totally satisfied and would highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love my new lens I originally bought the 400mm prime because of reviews. Unfortunately I found I really needed the IS so I sold the 400 and went to the 100-400 and absolutely love it. It is definitely heavier but so far I haven't found that to be a problem. It is worth the tradeoff for me because I am no longer a 20 something year old so I am not as steady as I used to be. The second generation of the 100-400mm is worth the extra money to me. If you are worried about the lens sliding while you are carrying it-no problem. Cannon took care of that. It has a tightening ring that is simple to turn and it keeps the lens from moving. It is fully adjustable to any tension you want. Love, love, love the photos I am getting.
Date published: 2016-06-17
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