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Canon - EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - White-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 182 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Terrific zoom, heavy gear!

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    Chris
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    I bought this lens to replace my older 75-300 (non-L variety) zoom, which I never really cared for, and which often left me wanting a little more reach. (I bought the 75-300 back when I had a crop-body 7D -- so that lens sort of behaved like a 120 - 480mm, for image results; so when I purchased my full-frame 6D, the lens went "back to being 75-300".) The 100-400 is a tank of a lens. Heavy as can be (3.5 pounds!) which can really catch up with you if you have a full day of shooting and carrying a bag full of your other lenses to which you've become accustomed. But it has delivered really great image quality so far in my shooting. I love the included tripod mounting foot & collar -- the lens is far too heavy to traditionally mount your camera base on the tripod, and leave the weight of the lens hanging from the lens-mount of the camera itself -- the mounting foot solves that -- you mount the lens to the tripod, and the much-lighter camera body hangs "from the lens". And the tripod foot on this lens mount has the super convenient built-in feature of a rotating collar. So you can instantly swing the entire camera from a horizontal to a vertical orientation (thereby preserving a composition you've lined up, for example) without removing the tripod-mounted lens first. You can also detach the lens-foot so it isn't in your way when you're doing purely-handheld shots. It also comes with a zippered, padded lens case, which has a belt-loop on the back so you could hang the padded case (with lens inside) from your belt... it is heavy enough however, that it could slowly start to pull your belt (and pants) down a bit, depending on how tight you wear your belt. The lens is quite a grower -- it extends substantially as you zoom in. With the included lens hood attached and fully zoomed to 400 it creates a massive extension off your camera. The lens hood has a very clever design feature, if you also use rotating filters on your lenses (such as polarizer or variable ND) -- a little cut-out with a sliding "door" in the lens hood lets you rotate your attached filter without first removing the lens hood to reach the filter ring. The Image Stabilization has been superb, for the little bit of hand-held work I've done so far. There's always a trade-off, and of course, I wish this was a slightly faster lens than f/4.5 sometimes. But for the larger part of my shooting, I'm usually in daylight, and usually tripod mounted, so I haven't been seriously hindered by the 4.5 (yet). I really enjoy the close-focusing capability of this lens (ie, how close to your subject you can be, and still achieve focus.) In many ways, it performs like a macro lens that way, letting you fill much of the frame with a closer subject and blur out the background pretty decently. Someday I hope to try this in combination with a Canon tele-extender (1.4 or 2x) for a massive amount of zoom/reach.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic lens!

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    Anonymous
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    After doing much research, I finally decided to upgrade from my Canon EF 70-300 4-5.6 IS USM lens. I primarily shoot wildlife and enjoy going to airshows and was looking for a little extra reach. I took this lens out for a test spin at my local animal sanctuary and I was not disappointed! A few impressions -- First, this lens is HEAVY - much heavier than my 70-300, but not heavy enough to make a tripod necessary. Secondly, this lens is crisp. I took some of my cleanest, sharpest photos ever with this lens after my first day out with it. Though, I will say that it also produced a higher percent of soft images, that I would, at this point, attribute to user error. I also noticed a considerable gain in reach from going from 300 to 400mm. I was also impressed with the level of bokeh achieved at 400mm and 5.6. Overall, I couldn't be happier with my purchase. I feel like I have entered a new level of my amateur photography, and I am looking forward to learning more and growing with this lens for years to come.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Glad to purchase this lens!

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    Boaz
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    For the past a couple of months, most of the time, I used this with 1.4X III on 5D3 body. I did not see noticeable differences in terms of IQ, between this setup and the one without the 1.4X III extender attached. I usually shot N.A. Cardinals in my neighborhood. Almost all of my shots were at 400mm end (560 with 1.4X III). Very seldom, it hunted a tiny bit seconds when there were not enough daylight to shoot in with 1.4XIII. I used shoot with 600/4 IS original on 5D2 and 7D original, so in comparison with those shots, this 100-400 IS II on 5D3 with 1.4X III has produced a bit less clear IQ pictures to be precise. But I am very much satisfied with IQ produced with this new lens on 5D3 and 1.4X III combo set up. To protect the lens with its cover while the hood is on, I purchased a large size Op/Tech cover. Thus a thin version C-POL filter can stay always on the lens with hood without worrying about sticky dust specks on the front of the C-POL filter. Handling is concerned, it is well balanced with 5D3 for hand-held shots. Even with 1.4X III, the balance was intact. Yet a hand- holding is a bit tiresome, and my right hand under the ring-foot does not feel really comfortable due to its not-so-light weight.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Lens!

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    Fisher
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    I have the 70-300L and needed more reach, this lens is great! I looked at the previous 100-400L, the Tamron 150-600 and then tried this out, it focuses way faster than the old one and is lighter and handled better than the Tamron and is built better. the close up capability of this over the others is way better too. I knew as soon as I picked it up and started shooting it was a fine lens. A little pricier than the others but if you can swing it just go for it, no buyers remorse wondering if I made the right choice here. I went for 18 month no interest on my Best Buy card to soften the blow a little. :-)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Lives up to its top of the line reputation

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    Sculpture
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    Have owned many cameras and lenses, but for some years, as I've got more critical, I have wanted a more professional quality telephoto. I looked at many different lenses including the 150-600 Sigma and Tamron. The Canon is much heavier and way more expensive, but I immediately preferred the solid feel and obvious build quality. I've taken hundreds of pictures with this lens in the last three months and it's proven even better than I'd expected. Incredibly sharp even at full telephoto. High ISO settings to increase speed in low light (e.g. for an indoor swimming event), seem to have less impact on quality than past lenses. The stabilization is incredible and a big reason to buy the Mk 2. This lens gets better the more you use it, but you should definitely handle one before you buy it, to make sure it's not too heavy. Take your camera body into the store!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money

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    Screvitz
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    I can't give you accurate numbers on improvements in resolution or focusing speed. What I can tell you is that a source I trust said that this lens focused faster and had better resolution than the previous version of this lens (which I have one I am going to dispose of) and I can tell you after using this to shoot an airshow I absolutely believe this is significantly better than the previous version. One other detail; I used to have a good collection of manual focus cameras and lenses and back then, the 'push-pull' type of zoom was common, mostly because if you have to both manually focus and zoom at the same time, the push-pull type zoom is the only practical type of zoom, in my opinion. Of course, if you are primarily using auto-focus, the dual ring focus and zoom such as on the new 100-400 is just fine. But if you like to manually focus a lot, I would hesitate to recommend the new version of the lens. Otherwise, buy one and I think you will love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally the reach I needed!

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    Jsnoah
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    For a while I have been shooting happily with my 70-200 f/2.8 lens. My daughter is a competitive equestrian and sometimes the rings are not photographer friendly. He jumps are many times out of range even for the 200mm and cropped sensor of my 7DM2. That said I do have a 1.4x extender but the crispness is lost a bit even if not to the untrained naked eye. I finally had an opportunity to shoot with the 100-400 and not only were the conditions perfect but the sharpness of this lens makes me happy. I realize that isn’t a technically helpful description. I personally wouldn’t use this lens and camera combination in low light but in the right setting, there is no better lens for what i need. I had no problem reaching across the ring. I do recommend using a monopod as the camera grip and lens do add up and are heavy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love it!

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    BertTheEagleGuy
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    I purchased this lens to replace my first edition Canon 100-400. After years of heavy use the barrel seized and I could not extend or retract it. Being on vacation at the time, we hopped over to Best Buy and purchased the mark II so I could continue photographing our vacation excursions uninterrupted. The first edition was a fantastic piece of glass but the new one is even better. I like the twist barrel much better than the original "pump" and the minimum focus distance is closer. Pairing it with my 1.4 III extender it gives me plenty of reach on my Canon 7D II.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great quality lens

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    MEC3218
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    This is a typical L quality lens. I never owned the original 100-400 with the push/pull zoom, but have been interested in this focal range for a while. While not cheap and not lightweight, the lens is well constructed and weather sealed. The Image Stabilization is super nice with 3 modes. I have been able to hand hold this lens at ridiculously low shutter speeds. The quality of the glass is exceptional, rendering very sharp images throughout the range. On my 7D2 body this gives the effective range of 160-640 at a very useable 4.5-5.6 aperture range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Images

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    OPA1
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    The glass in this lens is really awe inspiring! The image quality throughout the zoom range is excellent on and off axis, flat field and excellent image quality across the full frame of the 5D. I am truly impressed with the image stabilization, I take many shots on a moving / rocking boat with great results, the servo options are also very useful depending on the situation you are in, many rock solid images at relatively slow shutter speeds! Great zoom action and lockable/variable tension, ring zoom control. Only wish that Canon would keep the zoom ring and focus ring in the same location on their zoom lenses. I have two lenses and the zoom is inner on one and outer on the other. I have several hand held shot of the moon at 400mm that are crisp and sharp. Pricey lens but worth every penny!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Minimum focus range decreased vs previous version

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    Enchantedgal
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    Most importantly for me was the change to minimum focus distance on this newer 100-400mm lens vs the old push pull version. It used to be 6 feet, now only 3 feet. Being able to capture a butterfly or bird that suddenly lands on a branch next to me, then quickly be able to switch to something 50 feet away in the air was worth upgrading. While happy with this lens bokeh and sharpness, I did not feel like it was a major upgrade in either from my older version. I have read they updated the coatings on this, but I must have had a decently sharp one of the older model because I can't see much difference. Because I use this as my every day lens and I do not switch lenses, it was super important to me to be able to focus at 3ft for flowers/insects etc. so it was worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love this lens!

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    Momof2
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    I am an amateur photographer and I love taking nature photos along with action photos of my children during meets. I purchased this lens for my Canon Rebel T2i since I was looking for something other then my 55-250mm lens. This lens is great! It takes great photos both close up and faraway. I have used this lens for taking portraits of my children, close ups of flowers and animals and used it as a telephoto lens of nature, landscapes and animals far off in the distance. I am amazed at the clarity of the photos I have taken. The only con of this lens is that it is very heavy and much larger then I expected. Even saying that, this is by far my favorite lens that I own.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fabulous for birding

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    Moritzthecat
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    While the 4.5 - 5.6 is by no means the fastest, under decent lighting, this lens focuses fast, is light enough for hand-held shots zoomed to 400, and has now become my most used, all-around lens. While a faster f/stop would certainly be nicer, I do not have the $11,000 to buy one. This lens is probably the best lens that Canon puts out for general birding photography. The clarity of the lens is astounding, allowing for significant cropping without compromising the crispness if the image.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Telephoto Lens

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    4thnebula
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    This lens is a great alternative to having 2 lenses (Canon 70-300 L IS and Canon 400mm f5.6). The image quality at 400mm and f5.6 was a pleasant surprise. Let me qualify though-image quality is excellent but the Canon 400mm f5.6 is a bit sharper and it is clearly observable at 100% crop. Also, the 100-400 IS II has good af speed but not as fast as the Canon 400mm f5.6. So, if one was only doing BIF then the Canon 400mm f5.6 is best. If one is using only one lens and does other sports along with BIF then the best choice is the 100-400 IS II which I purchased.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    New and improved, as if that was possible

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    Bert
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    I already owned the original version of this lens but found myself without a long lens on vacation due to the lockup of my old pump 100-400 ( many many miles on that one). I purchased my new one in-store in Houston and was very pleased with its performance, as expected. The new twist-extend was a welcome change and the new one seems to be even a tad sharper than the old one, as if that was even possible. Great glass for anyone that needs to get out there just a little further. Performs very well with the Canon 1.4X III extender as well. I attached a Moon image I shot with this lens the other morning.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A must have...

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    wena
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    Purchased this for the reach and optimum quality images needed for a recent 30-day trip to sub-saharan Africa and man does it deliver. Ended up being my walking around lens for the most part - superb reach for everything from ant trail macros to village life-in-motion captures to water fowl to sunsets over the zambezi and even a blood moon, nicely rounded out w/ the 1.4X extender to bump me up to 560mm. Found mine at a nearby store for a competitive price - well worth the money spent!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Geat Lens!

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    KenS

    I recently sold my Canon 400mm f/5.6 L to get this lens. I do a lot of wildlife( deer and elk ) in the Oregon coast range off a mountain bike. I quickly found out the 400mm prime without IS just wasn't cutting it. I do 99.99% free hand for it was cumbersome to pack a tripod into the hills of Oregon. I recently received the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L II and could not be happier! hand held at 400mm is no longer an issue. The IS is great! Built solid and focuses every bit as fast as the 400 prime. My throw away images have almost gone away. Its a great combo for my 70D. Oh, and the pictures are SHARP!!! Glad I made the change.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My #1 go to lens

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    jrfinephotography

    As a professional photographer, I absolutely love this lens. It is sharp at F8 and fast to focus. The range of 100-400 is perfect for almost all outdoor occasions. In fact it almost never comes off my camera. I have another camera for a wide angle lens that I use. I have to mark this product down though since my warranty expired about a month ago and I am starting to see dust inside of my lens. I hope that it is only my luck. This lens has seen a lot of miles over the last year. I have not posted any pictures since I am in the business of making money from my images. You can see some of my images on instagram @jrfinephotography or on my website at https://www.jrfinephotography.com

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    My favorite lens

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    Grammy
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    This lens is everything and more than I anticipated. It performs as advertised. The shots are easy to capture and satisfying. Great for beginning shooters or experienced. You don't want to use this without a tripod for very long as it does weigh more than your lesser lenses. Caution: Never hold this connection by the camera body. The weight will break your connection to the body in time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Len 100-400

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    Hoangkhanh3004
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    The Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM is a stabilized super-telephoto zoom lens for Canon's full-frame and APS-C digital SLRs. One of the older L-series lenses in Canon's current lineup, the 100-400mm has long been a favorite of enthusiast photographers working in the sports and wildlife fields, and it is compatible with Extenders 1.4x II and 2x II for even more reach (albeit with a penalty in maximum aperture and critical image quality). The lens is weather-sealed, and its push-pull zoom action has a friction control. The downside of the push-pull design is that it tends to suck in dust, over time. Optical construction includes fluorite and Super UD-glass elements.

    I would recommend this to a friend