Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens

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Product Highlights

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/32
  • Built-In 1.4x Extender
  • One Fluorite and Four UD Elements
  • Super Spectra Coating
  • Ring-Type Ultrasonic Motor AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Power Focus, Focus Limiter, Focus Preset
  • Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
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Canon 200-400mm f/4.0 overview

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A long-reaching zoom characterized by its versatility, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x from Canon is a medium to super-telephoto distinguished by its unique optical design and fast performance. Featuring a built-in 1.4x extender, you can quickly and intuitively switch between the native 200-400mm f/4 setting and an effective 280-560mm f/5.6 for greater reach. Benefitting this unique design is a sophisticated optical layout, which includes one fluorite element and four ultra-low dispersion elements to control chromatic aberrations and color fringing for increased clarity. A Super Spectra coating has also been applied to individual elements to reduce lens flare and ghosting for greater color accuracy and contrast when working in bright or backlit conditions.

Beyond the optical attributes, this 200-400mm f/4 is also characterized by its advanced four stop-effective Image Stabilizer system, which has three separate stabilization modes to suit various shooting applications. Also complementing handling is a sophisticated ring-type USM, which provides quick, quiet, and accurate autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override. Additionally, this lens is weather-sealed for use in trying environmental conditions and it has a removable rotating tripod collar to benefit working atop a tripod or monopod.

Super telephoto zoom is designed for full-frame Canon EF-mount DSLRs, however can also be used with APS-C models where it provides a 320-640mm equivalent focal length.
Built-in 1.4x extender allows you to instantly extend your reach to 280-560mm (or 448-896mm equivalent with APS-C cameras) simply by flipping the left-hand switch. Since the extender is integrated within the lens housing, it is optically matched to the lens for improved imaging performance and also fully maintains the lens's weather sealing.
Constant f/4 maximum aperture, without the teleconverter in position, offers consistent illumination throughout the zoom range. When the 1.4x teleconverter is engaged, the maximum aperture is effectively f/5.6.
One fluorite element and four ultra-low dispersion elements are used to greatly reduce color fringing and chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity and color accuracy.
Super Spectra coating has been applied to individual elements to minimize ghosting and flare for greater contrast and color neutrality when working 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. Three distinct IS modes are available: standard single-shot mode, a panning-optimized mode, and a mode that only activates the Image Stabilizer during the exposure.
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.
Focus Preset function is available to quickly recall a programmed focusing position.
Focus Limiter switch lets you constrain the focusing to different ranges for faster performance to suit different applications.
A Power Focus setting is available, and allows you to electronically and smoothly adjust your focus position to suit video recording. This setting utilizes a dedicated ring in front of the main focusing ring and allows you to use one of two different focusing speeds.
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.
As a member of the esteemed L-series, this lens is sealed against dust and moisture for working in inclement environmental conditions.
Fluorine-coating on exposed elements affords protection to the optical system, resists smudging and fingerprints, and is easier to clean.
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.
UPC: 013803134179

Canon 200-400mm f/4.0 specs

Performance
Focal Length 200 - 400mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Angle of View 12° - 6° 10'
Minimum Focus Distance 6.56' (2 m)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.67
Optical Design 25 Elements in 20 Groups
Diaphragm Blades 9, Rounded
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Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Removable - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread Drop-In: 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 5.04 x 14.41" (128 x 366 mm)
Weight 7.98 lb (3.62 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 25.15 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 27.0 x 16.0 x 14.5"

Canon 200-400mm f/4.0 reviews

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 33.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Used almost every week. 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.
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First Class in every way 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.
Date published: 2014-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible lens 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.
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a lens 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!
Date published: 2016-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AwesomeLens 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.
Date published: 2014-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't put it down! Took delivery 10 days ago. My primary use is birds, wildlife and with the zoom pulled back, even some landscape images. The versatility of the lens allows me far more use than the prime 600mm I was using. Although, I typically use this lens with a gimbal head on a tripod, I've found it light enough to take 10-20 shots hand-held with no problem, with just 15 seconds or so of rest between series. The stabilization system is stellar! Works great when trying to shoot directly overhead or following something moving through the woods or brush. The f/4 provides plenty of light for my sunrise shooting and I find the image quality and bokeh to be exceptional. From shooting eagles a couple hundred feet away, to hummingbirds 10 feet away this lens is all I need. The quality and easy of use is just as you would expect from Canon. There are no negatives other than you have to dig deep to afford one. I would purchase this lens again in a heartbeat!
Date published: 2013-07-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Lens but heavy The optics are tremendous and when paired with the new 1dx the images are stunning. I have shot mostly wildlife and some sports. You can hand hold a few shots with high shutter speeds but this is meant to be used w/ a monopod or tripod. I was surprised that I found myself using this lens much more than my 500/4 II during recent wildlife shoot in Tetons; the flexibility of the zoom was very helpful. The only negative (besides cost) is its weight; it is definitely bulkier and heavier than the 500.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tour de Force Accomplishment! Best lens I've ever used for aviation photography. All of the versatility needed to capture images in any setting, and the built-in converter loses almost nothing I can detect in terms of image quality or focusing speed. Extremely sharp, extremely versatile, and built ruggedly for travel to rugged places.
Date published: 2013-10-21
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