Canon Telephoto EF 400mm f/2.8L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens

Canon Telephoto EF 400mm f/2.8L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens

Canon Telephoto EF 400mm f/2.8L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens - Refurbished

Used Cat.# RBC40028LISE MFR # 2533A006AA

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The standard lens for many professional sports and nature photographers. The latest image-stabilized version of the 400mm f/2.8L is the best yet, with better handling, lighter weight and the world's fastest AF speed among 400mm f/2.8 lenses. Durability and weather resistance are world class. A complete redesign of optics has resulted in Canon's best image quality ever in a 400mm lens.

Flourite & UD elements eliminate secondary spectrum chromatic aberration
Full-time manual focus override
AF Stop function shuts off autofocus when an obstruction appears
Dust & moisture resistance made exceptional by magnesium alloy lens barrel and new rear gasket at lens mount
Two-stage image stabilization; dual-axis camera shake correction or vertical axis only(for panning)
3-stage focus limiter
Focus preset function allows for returning to a specifically set focus by turning a ring in front of the focus ring
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Canon Telephoto EF 400mm f/2.8L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens
  • E-180C Lens Cap for 400mm f/2.8L IS USM & 800mm f/5.6L IS Lens
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • ET-155 Lens Hood for EF 400mm f/2.8L IS & 800mm f/5.6L IS Lens
  • Carrying Case 400 for the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS Lens
  • Drop-In Gel Filter Holder
  • Wide Strap
  • 90-Day B&H Refurbished Warranty
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    Canon 2533A006AA specs

    Focal Length 400mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/2.8
    Minimum: f/32
    Camera Mount Type Canon EF
    Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
    Canon (APS-C)
    Angle of View
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.8' / 3 m
    Magnification 0.15x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:7
    Optical Design 17 Elements in 13 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 8
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar Yes
    Filter Thread 52 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) 6.4 x 13.7" / 16.26 x 34.80 cm
    Weight 11.81 lb / 5.36 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 30.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 33.0 x 16.7 x 13.6"

    Canon 2533A006AA reviews

    Telephoto EF 400mm f/2.8L IS Image Stabilizer USM Autofocus Lens is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 40.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Elite Sports Lens If you're looking to buy this lens, you already know what it's all about. It's expensive - but worth every penny! It's heavy - so get a monopod! It's bright and fast focusing - excellent for sports & action! It's one of Canon's best white lenses - so stop crying and hit the buy button already! There are a few cons: It is heavy, but it's not impossible to handhold. But do yourself a favor and get a monopod. Also, the standard lens cap is very clumsy. Get a Zeck lens cap that works almost like a regular lens cap does on smaller lenses. The Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia is also an excellent rain cover for the 400 and camera body.
    Date published: 2008-07-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from OUCH...thats sharp. I never imagined I would buy this lens, as I have heard of its weight and price issues. After pruchasingt he lens, I realized that a person needs to stop listening to peoples OPINIONS and try things for themselves. The lens is truly a piece of engineering. It is absolutely crisp from 2.8 up, extremely fast focus, if not almost instant. I always use this lens with a monopod or gimbal, so weight is no issue. LOVE this lens, and it will stay in my collection for a very long time. In fact, you will have to pry it from my cold dead
    Date published: 2009-06-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm in Love !!! What no area to put 6 Stars... I love the new addition to my family, It's a wonderful piece of art and technology, it focuses extreemly fast and has wonderful optics, the build quality is magnificent. The only thing bad about this lens is the weight, I waited too long to get this baby, even though it's a heavy lens I wouldn't want it lighter and lose any of the things I love about it. I have a EOS 1D MKIII and tis combination is fantastic. I will never part with this lens. YOU WILL HAVE TO PRY IT FROM MY COLD DEAD HANDS
    Date published: 2008-09-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is a truly unbelievable lens I recently purchased this lens from B&H (great experience, by the way) and every time I use it I am amazed at the quality of the images. I just returned from an Alaskan Cruise and used it for whale and sea life photography. The image quality and color representation was out of this world. I use it on a 20D and a 5D and regardless of which body it's attached to, it is flawless on its auto focus and it's the fastest lens in low light I have ever used. It is heavyTrust me, you will never let this one go if you get it! Problems Encountered: It is heavy, but built like a tank.
    Date published: 2007-08-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharpest fasest ever lens I experienced! Excellent focus, sharp and fast, though I had to micro-adjust it on my 5DMII for top accuracy. The lens is heavy and difficult to carry but with the wimberly head it's a breeze to use. Works perfectly well, though slower in autofocusing with the extenders, and there is an insignificant drop in IQ and sharpness. I was debating between the 500 f4 or the 600 f4 but then decided to the 400 f2.8 because I like to shoot sports and action events. Whatever you read about this lens is true, so if you have the chance and $$ go for it. A must have lens. You will never regret it...
    Date published: 2009-08-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from There is nothing better After one month with this lens on my 40D I am ready to give my comments. This lens is as you already know very heavy. It is almost impossible to use it with at least a monopod. But this lens is so extremely sharp and the pictures you take with it is so crisp and wonderful that nothing can beat it. I use mine for wildlife in early mornings and evenings. I need 2,8. And with this lens I have outstanding performance at 2.8 with my 40D. So far everything was good. Then I did what some people say here. I bought a Wimberley head and use that with my Gitzo tripod. Now we are talking! This combination is a need with this heavy lens. Now it is easy to handle also with moving targets. You also need a backpack for this lens. Otherwise you need to use the gym many months before you will be able to carry the equipment with you out in the wilderness. The Lowepro Pro Trekker is a good choice.
    Date published: 2008-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can catch an F1 Having photographed the Australian Formula One Grand Prix for five years with various lenses nothing has come close to this lens, with or without an extender the color, contrast and focus are outstanding. The AF is amazing as is the stablilzer. I have never had such an amazing return on of perfect files from this type of event. Of course it is heavy so get used to using a mono pod. It is also heavy on the wallet but hey, use it for some bicep curls between shots, save money on the gym, go straight home(no gym) spend more time with the family, makes the wife happy happy wife, purchase a 85 f1.2 nice. Works for me.Oh yeah this lens is a killer. Problems Encountered: Paint chipping, sore arms and shoulders. Previous Equivalent Items Owned: Nikon 300f2.8 Canon70-200IS Canon400 f5.6 Items I Recommend: 2xII
    Date published: 2007-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some things to consider.... ...if this is going to be your first super. Price. It doesn't end here. You'll need at least a sturdy monopod and you'll wind up buying a tripod down the road or vice versa. I went with the Gitzo GT3530LS tripod. You'll also need a pro quality head. I went with the Wimberley WH200. With this head you'll need Wimberley's replacement foot to mount your lens. Others use different set-ups and prefer those for their own reasons, I like this because I've found it to be an extremely well balanced ,near bomb-proof set-up for rugged wildlife photography. (In three weeks I'm shooting my first pro sporting event so I will be getting a Gitzo monopod and will be using the same Wimberley head). Backpack. Get one if you plan on doing wildlife. Why? You may need to break down your gear to traverse muddy/slippery/technical sections where you need two free hands . You don't want to drop this lens. Plus, it does a great job of hiding your lens when you don't want others to see it. Weight. Yes. Like others have indicated, this is heavy. Heavy from the back of the Volvo to your kids soccer event? No. But five hours tracking whitetail through two feet of snow in full winter gear is a different story. You'll burn calories you didn't know you had. And don't forget everything else you'll be carrying:food,water, etc. It adds up. And as others have said it's super sharp, great bokeh etc,etc. There is one that has been mentioned before but I'll restate it: With a full frame camera, like my 5d mkII, the DOF is shallow. I mean it's *really* shallow. I've shot deer with their sides facing me f/5.6 at 40 feet and had bodies in focus with their heads out of focus. That's something to consider and needs practice to compensate for. Like focusing on heads almost instinctively instead of bodies. The other thing is the talk about slight or noticable image degradation with the 2x converter. Here's what I've found using the 2x: If you're close enough to your subject to where it fills up a good amount of your frame - you're not going to be able to tell the difference in sharpness between the 2x and standard 400mm. And I'm referring to the mk II converter - not the III. If anything, I prefer the compression effect and bokeh of the 2x over the standard 400mm - as long as the subject is in acceptable range. And lastly, the weight of this beast hand-held. I'm small. 5'7 160 lbs. And it is possible to shoot well just by grabbing the foot and tucking your elbow into your waistline. You can get off a lot of shots using this technique when you need to get away from your choice support (thick brush for me). It's not that big a deal for short periods and it's a great way to shoot this lens when kneeling. So, that's my summary after owning it for a few months and hope it helps with your tele selection.
    Date published: 2011-02-19
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