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Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Lens

BH #CA100400RF • MFR #5050C002
Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Lens
Key Features
  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/5.6 to f/45
  • One UD Element, One Aspherical Element
  • Super Spectra Coating
A versatile telephoto-zoom with a portable form factor, the Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM is a nimble lens perfect for wildlife, sports, and travel shooting. With extended range, this zoom packs super-telephoto reach into a relatively sleek, lightweight design along with support for Coordinated IS to help control up to 6 stops of camera shake and Nano USM AF to promote faster focusing performance.
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Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Overview

A versatile telephoto-zoom with a portable form factor, the Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM is a nimble lens perfect for wildlife, sports, and travel shooting. With extended range, this zoom packs super-telephoto reach into a relatively sleek, lightweight design along with support for Coordinated IS to help control up to 6 stops of camera shake and Nano USM AF to promote faster focusing performance.

Optically, the lens uses specialized elements to control a variety of aberrations and produce images with high sharpness and clarity throughout the zoom range. Close-focusing performance is also possible, with a maximum magnification of 0.41x at the 400mm position, for close-up shooting of subjects as small as a credit card.

Long-reaching telephoto zoom lens is designed for use with full-frame Canon RF-mount mirrorless cameras.
Modest f/5.6-8 maximum aperture range promotes a relatively compact, lightweight form factor.
One Ultra Low Dispersion element is featured toward the front of the optical design and helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing throughout the zoom range.
One aspherical element helps control distortion and promotes a high degree of sharpness.
Super Spectra Coating has been applied to minimize flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in strong lighting conditions.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by 5.5 stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Also, when working with select cameras, up to 6 stops of stabilization may be available with the Coordinated Optical Image Stabilizer and In-Body Image Stabilizer.
Nano USM system utilizes both a ring type USM and an STM mechanism to realize quick and accurate focusing that is also smooth and near silent to suit both photography and video applications. This focusing system also affords full-time manual focus control when working in the one-shot AF mode.
Close focusing capabilities are available throughout the zoom range, with a maximum magnification of 0.41x available at the 400mm position and a minimum focusing distance of 2.9' possible at the 200mm position.
Rounded 9-blade diaphragm contributes to a pleasing bokeh quality.
Configurable Control Ring can be used to adjust a variety of exposure settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.
Compatible with optional Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x teleconverters to further increase the effective focal length.
UPC: 013803341300

Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Specs

Focal Length100 to 400mm
Maximum Aperturef/5.6 to 8
Minimum Aperturef/32 to 45
Lens MountCanon RF
Lens Format CoverageFull-Frame
Angle of View24° to 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance2.9' / 88 cm
Maximum Magnification0.41x
Optical Design12 Elements in 9 Groups
Diaphragm Blades9, Rounded
Focus TypeAutofocus
Image StabilizationYes
Filter Size67 mm (Front)
Dimensions (ø x L)3.1 x 6.5" / 79.5 x 164.7 mm
Weight1.4 lb / 635 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight1.805 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)9.1 x 5.2 x 4.9"

Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM Reviews

Punches Well Above Its Price Point

By Jesse
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-10-02

Wow! For $560 on sale this lens is a sleeper. I bought it for its size and weight so I could pack a 100-400 in my backcountry camera backpack and it did not disappoint. The built-in IS is amazing for both photos (on R5) and video (on R5C). Actually, I was blown away at the performance on the R5C with Lens IS on. For video it is easy enough to set it at F/8 for a constant aperture zoom. Yes, it isn't fast and doesn't blow out the background but for video I like a bit of context in the shot so it didn't bother me. Hands down, if you need a light, smaller telephoto zoom in your kit this is the one to get. For landscape photographers it is a real bargain. It is definitely way softer in the corners that the 100-500L but for 4x the price is the corner sharpness that much of a problem? Not really...

Very Good

By George
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-07

The RF 100-400 is very nice and produces photos with good contrast and surprising sharpness. It is slow but the IS works well. It's light weight which is nice when compared to my 70-200 2.8L.

Outstanding lens

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-06

I use the Canon RF 100-400mm lens for wildlife, nature and even some landscape photography whenever I can not get close enough to the subject to get the image I want. The lens has preformed flawlessly, the Canon RF 100-400mm lens has never let me down. The auto focus and the image stabilizer work very well. The lens is lightweight and produces outstanding images. All I all I love this lens!

Great focal length zoon.

By Rick
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-05

Super light weight and easy operation.

Well worth it!

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-29

While it may not be a fast lens, it produces very good photos. The autofocus is very quick. Can't complain for the price paid. I felt it was well worth it.

Great telephoto

By Philip
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-08-29

This is a great lens for outdoor work, it's very sharp, has great color, focuses quickly, has great image stabilization, and is smaller and lighter than the L lenses for this range of apertures - not to mention being a lot less expensive. The tradeoff is having smaller maximum apertures, so you may have difficulty autofocusing indoors with it - at least at night.

Excellent quality at a great price

By Jaime
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-29

Very pleased with the quality of this lens. Very reasonably priced.

Wish it had weather proofing

By George
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-09-11

For the price it's been great, really light guess weather sealing was out of the question for that price.

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