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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range f/4-32
  • Built-in 1.4x Extender
  • One Fluorite and Four UD Lens Elements
  • Three-Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Ultrasonic Auto Focus Motor
  • Power Focus Mode for Smooth Focus Shift
  • Fluorine Front & Rear Lens Coating
  • Highly Resistant to Dust and Water
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Canon 200-400mm f/4.0 overview

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The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender from Canon is a high-performance super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that converts the focal range and maximum aperture to 280-560mm f/5.6. The extender is located at the base of the lens and applied with a simple lever switch. 

An Image Stabilization system offers up to four shutter speed stops of compensation against camera movement, which is ideal in low-light situations and when shooting at its long focal lengths. Three IS modes are available, each optimized for your specific subject. There is a mode ideal for static subjects, one for panning with moving subjects and an Exposure Only mode that applies stabilization only during exposure, offering you the speed you need to follow fast, erratically moving subjects.

Fast, quiet Auto Focusing (AF) is provided by a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), an internal focusing system, dedicated AF algorithms and a high-speed CPU. Full-time manual focus override, which enables the adjustment and fine-tuning of focus even in AF mode, provides precise control over image capture. The Power Focus mode aids focusing during video shooting, allowing the photographer to smoothly adjust focus during filming by twisting the playback ring. Three Focus Limiting Ranges are provided to enable quicker AF in specific situations and AF stop buttons allow you to pause the AF operation if needed. Focus Preset mode allows you to set a focus distance and automatically return to it with just a twist of the playback ring. Focus Preset is available in AF, MF and PF modes.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens features one Fluorite and four Ultra-low Dispersion optical elements that deliver sharper images with fewer chromatic aberrations. Super-spectra lens coatings minimize ghosting and flare and a Fluorine coating on the front and rear lens elements keep oily smears and fingerprints to a minimum.  

A rotatable tripod mount provides stable mounting to monopods or tripods and by loosening its orientation locking knob, the camera can be adjusted to shoot horizontally or vertically without removing it from the tripod. Inside the locking knob is found a security slot for wire-type security locks. Dust and water sealing keeps this reliable L-series lens functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.

In addition to its standard accessories, included with this lens are a monopod mount, lens strap, hard case and case strap.


Image Stabilization
Four stops of shake correction are provided by the lens' Image Stabilization system which delivers clearer images when shooting in low light situations, when your footing is uncertain or when fast shutter speeds are unobtainable. This lens has three stabilization modes: Standard, Panning and Exposure Only modes. Standard mode (Mode 1) compensates for vibrations in all directions and is effective when shooting static subjects. Panning mode (Mode 2) corrects vertical or horizontal shake depending on the orientation of the camera and is best when panning with moving subjects. Exposure Only mode (Mode 3) applies shake correction only during image exposure and is best used when needing to follow a fast and erratically moving subject. The IS system can also be turned off, and this is best when image stabilization is not needed, such as shooting on a tripod in bright light.
Fast and Accurate Autofocus
With an internal focusing system, Ultra-sonic motor (USM), high speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms, the 200-400mm f/4L provides fast, smooth and pinpoint accurate autofocus for use in a variety of applications.
Internal 1.4x Extender Switch
A built-in 1.4x optical extender allows you to extend the focal range of your lens with just a simple lever, avoiding time-consuming and potentially damaging lens changes. Located at the base of the lens, the extender has a lock mechanism that is easily disengaged to let you engage the extender. With the extender in place, the focal lengths of your lens increase to 280-560mm but the aperture narrows to f/5.6-45. With the extender engaged, the lens now contains 33 optical elements in 24 groups, its maximum magnification is 0.21x and its diagonal angle of view is 8º-50' to 4º-25'.
Focus Distance Range
You can set the focus limiting range to three distinct ranges for faster, more accurate autofocusing. The three ranges are: Full (6.56' to infinity); 6.56 to 19.69'; 19.69' to infinity.
Power Focus Mode
Using the playback ring, the Power Focus mode enables smooth, automatic focus shifts which are essential when using the EF 200-400mm f/4 for filmmaking. There are two speeds available in Power Focus Mode.
Focus Preset
It is possible to establish a preset focus distance and return to it immediately at any point while in AF, PF or MF modes with a simple left or right twist of the playback ring.
AF Stop Button
Four AF Stop Buttons located on the front grip ring allow you to temporarily pause autofocusing.
Fluorite and UD Lens Elements
One fluorite and four UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens elements correct for chromatic aberrations and provide sharp imaging throughout the zoom range.
Lens Coating
Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver outstanding color balance, while helping to minimize ghosting and flare.
9-Blade Circular Aperture
The 9-blade circular aperture design helps to deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
Tripod Mount
A rotatable tripod mount is built into the lens and by loosening the orientation locking knob on the tripod mount you can rotate the camera for horizontal or vertical imaging without removing it from the tripod.
Drop-In Filter Holder
A rear 52(WII)-series drop-in filter holder is included with the lens and allows you to place separately sold pre-cut gelatin filters into the back end of the lens for specific applications.
Water and Dust Resistant
With its exceptional design and construction, the L-series 200-400mm f/4 lens is resistant to dust and moisture and ready for shooting in harsh conditions.
Fluorine Coating
Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.
Security Slot
An attachment slot is provided for a wire-type security lock. The slot is located under the cover of the orientation locking knob. The wire-type security lock can be purchased separately.
UPC: 013803134179

Canon 200-400mm f/4.0 specs

Focal Length 200 - 400mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 320 - 640 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 12° - 6° 10'
8° 50' - 4° 25'
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 6.56' (2.00 m)
Magnification 0.15x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:6.67
Elements/Groups 25 / 20
Diaphragm Blades 9
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Fixed - rotating
Filter Thread Rear: 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 5.04 x 14.41" (128.02 x 366.01 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 Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 29.
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 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic lens This was bought as an upgrade to a 100-400mm for sports and wildlife. I read many reviews of this lens before finally taking the plunge and completely agree; this is marvellous offering from Canon. It's wonderfully sharp across the frame and is very fast focusing. I especially love the flexibility of the built-in 1.4x extender. Coupled with an additional 2x extender, this becomes a 1120mm f/11 beast with huge reach, albeit slow. Cons: it's large and heavy. Not an ideal lens for lugging around
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yes, it is that good. Using this for mostly aviation work, with some sports in the mix. Wow. I was blown away by Nikon's 200-400, and I always wondered when Canon would jump into that zoom range, and they did, with flying colors. This is an incredibly fast focusing, sharp lens, all the way through the zoom range. Notes-I am currently using this on both a 5D Mark III, and a 1D Mark IV. I am looking forward to trying it on the 1D X.
Date published: 2013-09-30
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