Reviews and Problems with Canon 200-400mm f/4 IS USM Extender 1.4x
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So much fun to use at a swim meet
Vivek Gupta, Amazon
11 August 2014
Summary: I don't own this lens, but I rented it for a week for a national Swim Meet in Iowa. I typically have used the 70-200 2.8L IS, 100-400L IS, 135 f2 and 1.4x III for most of the meets in the past that I have take pictures at, however those were usually at 25 yd pools, not 50 meter pools. I'm glad I rented this lens for this meet as the ability to switch back and forth quickly between the extra distance and closer shots was incredibly handy.
Summary: The question is whether this lens will get you shots you never could have gotten without it. I own the 500mm f4 and lose shots because I don't have it with me or I'm not sure that the focal length will be right. Now I get those shots with a top notch lens. It is spectacularly sharp and fast, well built and great looking. Things I don't love... can't take the lens foot off. That is a real pain and interferes with handholding.
Summary: I am a professional photographer and just used this lens to shoot the Super Bowl in New Jersey, courtesy our local Canon rep. All I can say is wow. If it weren't for the out-of-reach price tag I would own this lens. For sports, it is almost perfect. It is fast, versatile and when a play is running into the end zone the ability to change focal length at a fixed aperture is amazing.
Canon throws a monkey wrench into the big white lens game.
Jason Holzworth, Amazon
29 January 2014
Summary: I have used this lens all over the U.S. and Eastern Africa as well. Performance of the lens is top notch as to be expected by the price tag. It's not light, but it's not too heavy either. It is probably canon's most versatile lens outside of the 70-200mm 2.8 IS II. Owning this lens eliminates most of the needs of several others. Need 200-800mm range or anything in between, this lens has you covered.
Summary: Excellent optics, beyond ridiculous price. This lens offers optics broadly equivalent to the Nikon 200-400 but costs almost twice the price. That is insane. Whilst with this lens you're stuck with a 1.4 teleconverter the Nikon can use up to a 2.0 and still autofocus using a d800 or a d4 and get, again, almost identical quality as with this lens using a 1.4 internal converter.
Excerpt: This lens is extremely sharp thoughout the zoom range, and is still very sharp when the 1.4x extender is engaged.<br /><br />I replaced my 300mm, 400mm and 500mm primes with this lens and have been very happy with the results. Always being ready to compose an action scene with the correct focal length is great versatility.
Pros: Consistent Output, Rugged, Strong Construction
Very sharp imaging but requires more care to achieve good result than most in practical working situations
I. Giles, Amazon
12 November 2013
Summary: The downside of this lens is obviously the cost and that is an unavoidable issue that each individual will have to weigh up considering the possible use. This review however is intended to address the issue of whether the use of a lens with incorporated extender compromises sharpness of imaging as some have suggested.
Summary: I recently bought this lens and after the first 500 shots am thoroughly impressed with what Canon has been able to accomplish. While possible to handhold this lens and get decent results with image stabilization, this lens shines on a tripod with a good gimbal head. Images taken with a 5d Mark III are contrast-y and sharp, even at 560mm with the 1.4x extender engaged. Autofocus is quick and accurate.
Excerpt: I am a serious amateur who splurged on this lens because i love its flexibility. I traded in my 500mm F4 because i figured I would use this lens a lot more and I do.<br /><br />I use it 3 ways, Tripod with Sidekick when I can be stationary like when I had the 500mm; Monopod if I am shooting sports or rodeos; and handheld when walking around looking for birds and wildlife.<br /><br />I have to say you don't have to be a weight lifter to handhold this lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Flexible, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction