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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/40
  • Fluorite and Super UD Elements
  • Four Aspherical Elements
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Floating Elements System, Full-Time MF
  • Adjustable Zoom Ring Lock
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • 8-Blade Diaphragm
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Spanning a versatile range of long focal lengths, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens is a telephoto zoom and member of Canon's elite L-series of optics. One fluorite element and one Super UD element are featured, along with four aspherical elements, to produce well-corrected imagery without chromatic or spherical aberrations in order to realize a high degree of sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy. A floating elements system is also used to maintain image quality throughout both the focusing and zoom ranges. Complementing the imaging attributes, this 100-400mm also features an Image Stabilizer to minimize the appearance of camera shake by two stops for sharper handheld shooting. The ring-type USM is employed, too, to deliver quick and quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus control. Additionally, a removable rotating tripod collar is included for stable use of the lens atop a tripod or monopod.

Telephoto zoom 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens is compatible with full-frame EOS DSLRs, as well as APS-C sized sensors where it will provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 160-640mm.
One fluorite element and one Super UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) element help to correct chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for a high degree of clarity and color accuracy.
Four aspherical elements help to reduce distortion and spherical aberrations for improved sharpness and definition.
Floating elements system maintains consistent image quality throughout the zoom range, at each focal length, and throughout the focusing range, from 5.9' to infinity.
An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to two shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. In addition to the single-shot standard IS mode, a second mode is also available that it optimized for continuous shooting applications.
A ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with a rear focusing system, is employed to deliver fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance as well as full-time manual focus override.
Adjustable zoom ring design allows you to lock the zoom position at any focal length.
Eight diaphragm blades contribute to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques.
Removable rotating tripod collar is included and benefits working with the lens atop a tripod or monopod.
Compatible with optional EF 1.4X and EF 2X teleconverters.
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Performance
Focal Length 100 - 400mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32 - 40
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 24° - 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance 5.91' / 1.8 m
Magnification 0.2x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:5
Optical Design 17 Elements in 14 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 8
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread Front: 77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) 3.62 x 7.44" / 92 x 189 mm
Weight 3.04 lb / 1380 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 4.8 lb
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 1143.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Results with Lens I have had this lens for 10 days and though had a sore forearm for the first two days - since I prefer to shoot hand-held - I seem to have found a way to hold camera to my advantage - no sore arm. While my hand shakes a little when focusing, due to the heavy weight of this lens - the Image Stabilizer feature ensures sharp results. Since this lens offers such clarity I am able to crop photos and still see detail. I photograph wildlife - mostly birds - and so far am having great success with this lens, over my other 55-250mm lens. I post my nature photos onto 3 separate Nature Groups and get compliments on my shots.
Date published: 2014-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great lens for photographing wildlife I loved this lens right out of the box. It is of course heavy and requires some getting used to, but I have been able to get some terrific photos with it--good enough that friends, upon seeing a print, have asked if a pro took that shot or if I did. Definitely a big step up for me. I rented it before buying; my initial reason was to have a good lens for a planned Alaska wildlife trip in June...but I will be using it very frequently around home too. Autofocus is good, fast action shots are clear, bokeh is lovely. Appreciated the free overnight shipping from B&H and the ease of the whole purchase experience. Thank you, B&H.
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Welcome to the pros I wasn't sure at first if the price of this lens was worth it until I compared it to my other telephoto zoom. I have a 100-300 Canon that's in the $+ range and have used it for several years. The photos taken were pretty sharp and I was pretty happy with it, until I tried out the 100-400. I shot duplicate photos with both lenses using the Canon 70D. Shot for shot the 100-400 photos were clearer and crisper. I enlarge my pictures to 16 x 20 and panorama up to 16 x 36, and they're displayed in a couple of galleries. Consequently, I need them to be exceedingly sharp. This lens delivers.
Date published: 2014-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Use this for wildlife photography while travelling. What is to like and not like? I guess that depends on where you stand. At the end of he day it is a Canon L that produces great images. Sure, the IS could use an update but in terms of design and functionality it has been around so long for a reason. Concerned about all the stories of soft copies? Keep in mind that 'softness' can be caused by an almost infinite number of variables. I've owned several copies of this lens and I can produce soft images all day if I don't follow sound shooting practices. Get things right and the images from this lens can best sharp, they'll cut your eyes! ;)
Date published: 2013-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Waited way too long to get this one It only took me 2 years to get this lens. Read plenty of reviews and knew it I had to get it...so here Im. I use it for my son's hockey games and must say pictures are coming out terrific. It took me a while to get used to the new pull/push system to zoom in and out, but after a few practice shots it doesn't bother me at all.Don't have very technical data on it as Im rather a recreational photographer then pro.Lens has great zoom capability and it doesn't look any slower in comparison to my other 24-105mm L series Lens. Basically my photo kit includes new T3i, 24-105mm and 100-400mm lens, can't wait the get one of the speedlite flash.
Date published: 2011-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great lens, not a huge fan of push/pull zoom I used this lens quite a bit for outdoor sports (football, soccer, field hockey) and it works pretty well, especially on bright, sunny days. Sharpness is on par every time. IS is flawless every time I take a photo. The build quality is good, it's not water resistant like most other L series which is a downfall. I have used this lens in the rain and it handled it very well, no issues with it. On the downside, I am not a big fan of push/pull zoom. It sucks in a ton of dust (the glass elements towards the front is covered in dust) which takes a slight bit of sharpness away. Not a great design on Canon's part.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Still Formidable Highly Recommended This original version of the 100-400mm L lens is an outstanding optical marvel, now with even greater price/performance ratio with the introduction of the Version II. Center sharpness at 400mm wide open is comparable to the 400mm f5.6 L prime, lossing out only at the peripherals, but gaining extra 2 stops in hand holdable speeds due to IS, and flexibility of a zoom lens. Excellent lens for Air Show aerial displays , birds in flight, birds in nest, and stills, where center sharpness is more critical. Highly recommended, especially now with greater savings, as compared to the newer Version II.
Date published: 2016-07-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing lens I use this lens for wildlife of all kinds. Mainly I go to the zoo or Safari Park or a local lake known for it's birds. At first I thought I would be disappointed that it wouldn't give me enough zoom that I wanted. After trying it out on a nice sunny day, I was blown away. Photo's are clear and sharp. Easy to use with the push pull method and the auto focus works great. About the only not so great thing is the weight. I have found if I carry the camera in an arm sling it takes all the weight off my hands and arms so I don't have to support it as much. Makes taking it along on long walks much easier.
Date published: 2012-02-14
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