Canon EF telephoto zoom lens - 100 mm - 400 mm

Mfg. Part: 9524B002 | CDW Part: 3550791 | UNSPSC: 45121603
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  • Telephoto zoom lens
  • 100 mm
  • 400 mm
  • f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM
  • Canon EF
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Telephoto zoom lens
  • 100 mm
  • 400 mm
  • f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM
  • Canon EF
The EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power that's great for sports and wildlife photography.

Technical Specifications
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Brand: Canon
Manufacturer: Canon
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: Canon EF

Lens System
Diaphragm Blades: 9
Element Qty: 21
Features: Dustproof , Fluorite glass , Full-time manual focusing , Moisture resistant , UD glass , Ultrasonic Motor (USM)
Filter Size: 77 mm
Focus Adjustment: Automatic , Manual
Group Qty: 16
Intended For: 35mm SLR , Digital SLR
Lens Aperture: F/4.5-5.6
Max Focal Length: 400 mm
Max View Angle: 24 degrees
Min Focal Length: 100 mm
Min Focus Distance: 38.6 in
Min View Angle: 6.2 degrees
Minimum Aperture: F/32 - f/38
Optical Zoom: 4
Series: L IS II USM
Special Functions: Tele , Zoom
System Type: Lens
Type: Telephoto zoom lens
Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Lens System Mounting
Mounting Type: Canon EF

Color Category: Black , White
Included Accessories: dust cap , Lens cap , lens case , Lens hood

Optical System
Image Stabilizer: Optical
Lens Coating: Air Sphere Coating (ASC) , Fluorine coating
Magnification: 0.31

Dimensions & Weight
Diameter: 3.7 in
Length: 7.6 in
Weight: 3.62 lbs

Product Reviews
Rated 4.9 out of 5 by 12reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Good lens Great for shooting multiple shots at a selected focal length. A bit stiff in changing focal distance on the fly such as following a fastbreak or 80 yd touchdown run. Orherwise a great sports lens for daylight games or under professional stadium lighting. October 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tremendous lens, sharp, fast-focus, great IS! This is a tremendous lens, and seems to be everything it’s claiming to be. I’ve had it for a month now and have taken a couple of hundred shots with a 5D MkIII under various conditions, - but all hand-held - to test the IS functionality and minimum ISO and SS thresholds. I was able to get crisp, sharp shots with no visible distortion or flaring, with beautiful color rendition, of both static and moving subjects at 400mm at just 1/400” and ISO 400 hand held..IQ is as good (or better) as my 70-200mmL 2.8 and 24-70mmL 2.8, which I have used for years and consider outstanding. Beautiful colors, sharp, no apparent distortion. Bokeh was very good..What I like about this new lens is the following:1) The autofocus is faster2) There’s an additional IS setting3) The IS seems to be better - shooting handheld in sunlight at 400mm at just 1/400” ISO 400 yielded a range of f-stop options outdoors from 5.6-16 and crisp, sharp images. This includes relatively static subjects as well as moving subjects (like birds and planes.) This was most impressive..On non-image related features:4) The lens hood is well-thought out and VERY easy to get on and off, as is the new lens cap. And the “sliding door” on the hood to allow rotation of the polarizer is a great touch!5) The “L” bracket of the tripod mount is removable and cleverly designed; the thumb turn screw is well textured for a good grip but you have to lift it slightly while turning to disengage the screw’s locking mechanism. This is quite easy but it means that when it is resting, there is no chance of vibrations getting the screw loose. Very clever!6) There’s even a “tension adjustment” ring below the zoom ring which adjusts how much friction the zoom ring will have, i.e., how “loose” or “tight” it is to turn! Also very clever!7) It’s a tad lighter than the 70-200mm and a bit shorter..This lens has a pretty close focus (3.2ft/.98m) and could be used as a portrait lens at 100mm (I have only used it as such a few times but with excellent results) but it’s real beauty is outdoors: to cover almost any situation short of a wide-angle landscape. With two lenses, the 24-70mm and this one, you could cover almost anything..If you’re a safari guide and can afford the very expensive 200-400mm f4 1.4x extender OK, but that’s a lot more for 1 f stop and an extra 160mm of questionable sharpness with a tele-extender, sacrificing a very useful lower end 100mm field of view..The real “competition” or alternative is probably the EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM, also very well regarded and in roughly the same price range. But you have to ask yourself which is more important to your needs: the wide-angle function at f3.5, where you’d be going from wide-angle to decent telephoto, or, a portrait to super-telephoto class (100-400mm) sacrificing the “wide angle” functionality?.Few people have the money to just buy both options, so you have to decide what’s the best combination for you for what you shoot. This is the best combination for my needs and it is a fabulous lens in every way. Can’t think of any reasonable negative (yes, it’s expensive, but you are getting what you are paying for, yes, it’s heavy, but good glass and metal are heavy…).Another consideration, this is a brand-new lens, and the reviews are stellar, so you have no fear of plunking your money down only to have a “Mark III” version come out in a couple of years..If the zoom range meets your needs, this is one of the finest lenses you can buy. September 13, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Incredible This is the sharpest lens I've bought to date. Not to mention the fast auto focus, light weight, amazing color etc. Everything you would expect from Canon. July 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by First in it Class Crazy fast auto focus, Outstanding Color Rendering, Amazing construction quality.To many words will spoils the review. Just get one!. July 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great sharpness and color rendition After using the Canon 300mm L f4 for years, there was a learning curve to a zoom lens for my birding photography- not a fault of the lens, just me. And still working on getting the best from the combination of the 7d MkII with this lens and getting the best settings to make them work together best.Generally I'm in pretty good light and have learned to be less afraid of bumping up the ISO to get the best from this this lens, which sounds like the opposite approach but has really worked well. I've had the lens for about six months now and just had two great shoots with it- one in Eastern Oregon tracking the birds over there and just last week (June 3rd, 2016) over at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area tracking a pair of Peregrine Falcons who were gather 'meals' for their three chicks. It was a challenge to keep up with them but I got some outstanding photos of the pair, especially when they transferred the 'meal' from the male to the female as she prepared the meal for the chicks. The balance of holding this lens handheld during that sequence on that 7d MkII was really important in getting those shots. So many that I've shown those to asks if I took them- they've seen other photos that I've taken but practice- and good fortune- made that series just stellar! The detail in those made easy identification of the 'meal bird' and gave a feeling of really being right there.Two years ago I rented a 150-600mm and found it cumbersome to work with and even when steady and everything fine tuned, the 400mm shots from the Canon looked better and sharper, cropped mind you, than the 600mm shots from the other lens. What I learned from that is that I wouldn't be missing that extra 200mm. I tried the lens with an off-brand 1.4 and even though that's not the best matchup, those looked as good or better than the 150-600mm- so yes, the Canon 1.4 MkIII is on the shopping list since if that one can work that well I'm excited to try it with the newer and better matched Canon!The main point for me was that the lens felt more like the 70-200mm f2.8 MkII, which I'm used to- well balanced, great sharpness and, as I noticed with the that lens, the color of the images is just so right on and true, I noticed softness and weak color in that 150-600mm. Yes, I could have saved money but the image quality is where it's got to be at and it just wasn't there- so glad I rented it instead of buying it and waited for the replacement of the original 100-400mm.The lens 'anti-creep' feature is great too, the zoom torque adjustment ring. I haven't used a polarizer in years but that Canon thought of that feature in the lens hood is just another example of how well thought out the lens is. June 6, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Photographed a carpenter bee in flight I have the older version of this lens and use it with my 70D with great results. When I moved up to the 5Ds I got the new lens at the same time. Could not be more pleased. Was out on my deck when I saw some carpenter bees and thought this could make a great picture. Shot one with the bee in mid flight and could even see the wings. April 27, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Simply the best lens ever. Razor sharp shots, instant auto focus that can pick out a bird from the branches and leaves. Very close minimum focus distance, so you can use it for big, clear shots of small things like lizards and pets, and yet with great reach at the far end of the 400mm range. Precision built, and solid as a tank. I LOVE this lens. March 4, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by The Nearly Perfect Lens! This is a review of the new Canon 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 Version II lens. I receive no endorsements nor other percs from canon, however I do belong to Canon Professional Services as it is quite cost-effective and allows me to borrow and try out lenses that I am interested in aquiring . What you are getting here is a very extensive and honest review.I had owned the original version of this lens for 3 years and shot about 300,000 pictures with it(Since I have sold it probably gives you a clue to where this is going). I am very critical of my photographs. Perhaps more than most, but not as much as others. I do use Lightroom and Photoshop for adjustments and use them to clean up some of the images from time to time, but mostly I like to stick to a pretty original image. I have used the original lens on a 60D with pretty good results but for AF reasons I moved up to the 7D. The 7D gave me good images in good light, but since I mostly am a birder with cropping and lighting requirements I had many of the same noise problems you have no doubt read about. A great camera with the right lens and lighting, but I did struggle with it. A year ago I bought a used 5D3 and then my world changed. The old lens on the 5D3 was excellent pretty much all the time and even with the canon 1.4x version III at F9 produced just really excellent results.When the new version lens came out I was intrigued with the 4-stop image stabilzation, additional lens coatings, close minimum focus range, MTF charts, and enhanced autofocus system both with and without the converter. So through CPS I borrowed a new one for 10 days. It was a very sharp copy and right a way I could see anecdotal improvements in the image clarity. The lens worked exceptionally and I liked it. Thinking this was a CPS loaner lens my thoughts were this thing had to be calibrated perfectly as they would not want a less than stellar copy going out to potential customers so my thinking this would be the high standard of this lens. Right off the bat what I can tell you is that with the extender on I can just use F8. On my old lens I needed to use F9 for the same results. If my subject is steady, which is seldom, I could take shots at 1/60 of a second, but preferred 1/125 at a minimum. At 1/250 everything is always clean and almost all are keepers. The copy I had was sharp at 5.6 without the converter and really the only time I change it is for DOF issues. Ditto for the extender. I use it at F8. I know there has to be a difference in image quality, but most of the time you cannot see it unless you really pixel peep which no customer does. I was very surprised by this. The tele worked good in with birds in flight. I took extensive shots of Pelicans diving and it was difficult to tell when the converter was used. Often times I had to go to the exif data to see.I sent this loaner back and ordered a new one, knowing it couldn’t be as good. Well when it arrived it was perfect. It was exactly the same as the loaner in every aspect, maybe even a little better without the teleconverter. What I can tell you after about 50,000 shots with this new lens is that it is nearly perfect. The AF is very fast with and with the converter. The IS system is as advertised. I usually only use a tripod on landscape shots but I get good landscapes even handheld. The minimum focus distance is wonderful, but I have read reviews that it can replace your macro lens, which I do not agree with. It is nice for closeups, but my canon 100L2.8 IS macro absolutely smokes it when you do real macro work. Even though it is a little heavier the weight seems to be distributed back towards the camera which makes it a bit easier to handle.In summary all I can tell you is that I do not have deep pockets and every purchase I make is an excruciating one. But after buying this lens I have absolutely no regrets. I can offer no cons other than the price, weight, and one year warranty period, but even those are reasonable considering the quality of the lens and the images derived from it. Canon engineers really nailed this one.I hope this review can give some sense of confidence should you purchase this lens, irregardless of the camera you use. It improved my 7D quite abit, but I much confess I rarely touch that camera since I got the 5D3. November 11, 2015
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