Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 IS USM L Lens
About this product
|The EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM is Canon's fourth Image Stabilizer lens. It is a high-performance L-series telephoto zoom lens offering sophisticated features and high image quality, which is to succeed the existing EF 100-300mm f/5.6L lens. Besides having an Image Stabilizer, this new lens also features enhancements such as ring USM for silent AF, rear focusing, a longer focal length range, and fluorite and Super UD elements, which correct secondary chromatic aberrations for high image quality. It is the first EF zoom lens to have both rear focusing and a floating system to obtain high image quality at all focal lengths. With the EOS 3, autofocusing is possible while the EF 1.4x is attached to the lens.|
|Type||High Quality, Image Stabilization, Telephoto|
|Focus Type||Auto & Manual|
|Focal Length (mm)||100-400mm|
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- superprimedealsSep 20, 2006by
Definetely a KEEPER!
Before purchasing this lens, my longest lens was 70-200mm f/4L EF lens(non IS). Although it does the job, often I wish for little longer zoom when shooting wild life and nature shots. Initially thought about getting 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM lens, but there seems to be little problem with this lens that Canon hasn't addressed - some flare problem. Spent little more and got 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS. What an amzing lens it is. I initially thought it would be really heavy by its size, but surprisingly it was ok to me.
Image quality? I think they are better and sharper than my 70-200mm and even my 24-70mm f/2.8L lens. Perhaps I got a real sharp copy. ^_^
The other reviewer didn't mention anything about IS. When shooting in this zoom range, you really need a tripod. Otherwise, your shot will be all blurry by hand shake. But with IS turned on, I was able to save 90% of the shots shooting at maximum 400mm @ 60~100 shutter speed. Normally you'd need 400+ shutter speed to get sharp images. Sure, you can get cheaper lens with this zoom range, but you won't get IS nor its known "L" quality sharpness and color rendering.
Build quality is awesome and has push pull zoom instead of rotating zoom. Some people may prefer rotating zoom, and I had worried about it, but it's not much big of a deal. You just need to get used to it.
If you were thinking of purchasing this lens, I highly recommend it!!!
Happy Shooting~~Read full review
- steve_9456Nov 8, 2006by
cann E 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS (Image Stabilizer) USM
I have had the lens for over a month now and it is by far my favorite. I am using it on an EOS 30D. The lens is a little heavy but not as heavy as I expected from other reviews I had read. I carry it around for hours tromping through the forrest in search of that one of a kind shot and no problem. It is fast and quiet. I use it mostly for wild life and flowers. I have probably shot over a thousand pictures with it so far and I am pleased. I even took some shots of a jet flying over using the mode 2 stabilizer and they were amazing. I am finding it a little difficult to manually focus after the auto focus is set, but this may be me and not the lens. All in all I use this lens more than my other 3. I am an enthusiast not a professional. After using the lens for several years I sold it for almost as much as I paid for it. Great lens.Read full review
- cubscadetNov 11, 2009by
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
I bought this lens used and used it for about 2 months. I had a couple fall day trips planned and I wanted something to reach a little farther than my 70-200mm. I picked this lens because there are one or two other long zooms I plan to try and I feel this lens was the standard to compare them to in the Canon arena. I liked that the lens is fairly compact for a lens with 400mm reach. When at 100mm, its about the same length as my 70-200mm f2.8 IS. Its a bit heavier than the 70-200, but not very noticeably. It seems well made. The zoom action is push-pull like some of the old Canon fd lenses except you use a separate ring to focus. The focus is quite fast, I was able to keep track on some relatively slow birds as well as some football players in action. This lens can be hand held in decent light (sunny), since its relatively light and fairly short compared to other pro-level solutions. The zoom does not creep as long as you tighten the variable friction ring before you sling the camera. The lens isn't very fast aperture-wise, but its as good or better as any other zoom in its class. You have to spend a lot more money and move to a prime to get a large aperture in these focal lengths. The Image Stabilization works well, but I can't help think this lens should have been updated to the newer 4 stop system Canon is using now. I have heard that a new version is right around the corner (early 2010). While don't mind the push-pull zoom, it makes accuracy a little more difficult. I tended to over-zoom, then under-zoom before getting the composition right. Also I think this type of mechanism tends to move the lens barrel around more during action which can make it hard to keep the lens on target while tracking moving subjects. While I liked this lens a lot and may end up with another one in the end, I'm anxious to try out the Sigma 150-500mm OS lens first. One additional detail I will add is that I recently dropped my 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens and had to ship it to Canon for repairs. The cost was very reasonable for the work required and the lens literally works better than it did when I bought it (and it was new!). The turnaround time was fast. MY point? Canons repair service reputation is another good reason to consider a Canon lens over other manufacturers, especially for the L lenses.
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- desert_loboDec 9, 2011by
Outstanding, great quality, rapid focus. Expensive but worth it every cent.
I purchased this lens for a safari. I looked very hard at a number of zoom lenses, in the 300-500mm range, and this was among the most expensive. However, after reading all the reviews, this looked to be the right lens...and it sure has been. A lens less than 400mm would not have been effective for wildlife. And a zoom lens was a must, and kept me from changing lenses constantly. The picture quality has been excellent. The exceptionally fast focus has been the most surprising benefit to this lens. The focus is almost instantaneous. Overall, for the Canon SLR, I believe that this has been exactly the lens that I was looking for, and I am most satisfied with it.
That is not to say that it is perfect. The long zoom and heavy weight make it difficult to hold steady. The stabilizer helps a great deal. However, it has taken some practice to get the pictures right (and I still have a problem with it from time to time). The stabilizer also makes some noise, and you can feel it when it turns on. Battery life has remained very good. I have been able to take about 500 pictures a day for two consecutive days using nothing but this lens, and still had some battery life remaining.
The lens itself is quite heavy, though that was to be expected. The casing is very solid and rugged.
Zoom - This has a push/pull zoom instead of the traditional zoom (by turning). I must say that I am very pleased with the push-pull action. It allows for very quick zooming and I am able to stay on target with it.
The other lenses in this capability range (Tokina, Sigma, Tamaron) were all somewhat cheaper (generally 800-1100 USD). This lens (new) is in the 1600-1750 USD range. I purchased a used lens on Ebay and was able to split that difference. I am very glad that I did so, and would highly recommend this lens.Read full review
- igbtq2Jan 22, 2016Verified purchase - USEDby
Lens Deal of the Century
Ok, so the new lens has better IS and is a tad sharper. For half the price (or even less!) you can have the old version which has been a professional staple for many years. Images shot with this lens have graced the pages of National Geographic Magazine. The IS works fine. I have a 70-200 MK II and know first hand how magically the new IS works but the IS in this lens is perfectly acceptable. The same goes for the image quality versus the MK II. So is the f5.6 a limitation. Yes it is but the new lens is no faster. So you will need to work within its' limitations. Shoot subjects in full sunlight and you will have no problem. If you have subdued lighting then you will have to make compromises based on your subject and desired outcome; pick a longer shutter speed or higher ISO. On the upside you have a lens most people can carry around all day and shoot handheld along with additional depth of field. Again, I own the 70-200 f2.8 IS MKII and can tell you that while the large aperture is great at gathering light the trade off is paper thin depth of field. Think shot of a moose's head and you have to pick his nose, eyes, or antlers to be in focus because at f2.8 that's what you get. So you can't have your cake and eat it too...everything is a compromise. Yes, a 400mm f2.8 would be awesome for wildlife but you would have to carry around a telescope and a tripod and pick your point of focus carefully when using such large apertures. Not to mention spend a small fortune. For under a grand, this lens is capable of producing award winning shots once you learn to work within its' limitations, the second part of which is true for any lens. The first part of that, however, is rare. For under a grand you can not go wrong and it will retain its' value as long as you take care of it. I got mine used right here on ebay. I paid $880.00 and it came with a nice B&W UV filter (about $80 just for one of those) and all the original packaging in immaculate condition. I also looked at new ones still available for around $1100.00. My advice? Get one while you can, you won't regret it.Read full review