Reviews and Problems with Canon 200-400mm f/4 IS USM Extender 1.4x
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First to choose for carrying everywhere
Hide, B&H Photo
2 weeks ago
Excerpt: As a sports shooter, I carry this lens everywhere. It covers from 200mm-560mm( within extender). When I move by plane, I can bring the equipment easily in a jet.This lens is the strongest partner for sports shooter, wildlife and news. You don't loose the chance with it. I also use the soft hood of Aquatech under the sun. Yes, I recommend this lens.
Excerpt: I get my chops broken by other parents when I show up with this lens on my 1DX or 1DC at my sons football games but when the parents and coaches see the end result with the shots that I get they soon realize what it takes to make those NFL quality images look awesome!
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Used for sports and wildlife. wish it was lighter. This is everything everyone has said about it. Just marvelous. Seriously thinking of selling my 400 2.8 now that I have this. Need to read the book on some of the features especially vidographers.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Sharp, Strong Construction
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: 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.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: This lens is amazing, delivery quality image as any prime lens, plus the feature that let you work in composition. This lens (200-400 f4) do the job of 200mm,300mm and 400mm primes 2.8mm. The only difference is the aperture (a little more than 1.2mm less of those three). Using late canon model cameras as 1D X or 5D Mark III, that is not problem. I feel this lens is a new generation of photographer's gear.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Took it out immediately and shot with internal and external Extender(784mm-f13-1/1250-ISO1000-5DMkiii), I figured this should stretch the test. If I wasn't pleased it was going back! I kept it and am thrilled with the performance. The sharpness blew me away!
Excerpt: This lens is extremely sharp thoughout the zoom range, and is still very sharp when the 1.4x extender is engaged.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.