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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens Review

SLR Lens and Camera Reviews
23 April 2011
  • Excerpt: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM is the longest telephoto zoom lens currently manufactured by Canon. First released back in late 1998, the lens currently retails around US$1,600 (as of October 2010) and is typically used for wild-life and sports photography.
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REVIEW: Canon 100-400mm L IS USM

16 February 2009
  • Conclusion: A popular lens that that is superficially well built but has a few quirks and an Achilles heel in the bearing problem. It is probably worth buying any extended warranty that is offered with it.
  • Pros: Good contrast and colour., Good AF speed that is quiet in use., Nice focal range at acceptable 3:1 ratio, Holds its value well
  • Cons: Awkward manual focus at longer focal lengths, Known problem with bearings giving up the ghost, Wear in the bearings may well cause deterioration in performance., May drag dust into the sensor.
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Canon EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS USM Full Review

Bob Atkins
23 July 2008
  • Conclusion: About 10 years ago I looked at an EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L IS and I wasn't too impressed. It was good, but it wasn't as good as a 300/4L. Since many users had reported very good results with their 100-400IS lenses I thought I should give it another chance.
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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens

The Digital Picture
27 July 2006
  • Excerpt: Is the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in The-Digital-Picture.com's review!
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Overall 8
Value for money 8
Overall quality 7
Build quality 8

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS - Full Format Review / Test Report

6 April 2011
  • Conclusion: The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS is almost a boring lens but in a positive sense. It shows no extreme weaknesses nor strengths. You will find sharper lenses - primes that is - but it is very sharp for a zoom lens, especially considering its 400mm, and that's throughout the range at all...
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EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

29 December 2009
  • Conclusion: If the Canon 100-400 mm USM IS was equipped with the second generation stabilization system, allowing to work with 4 EV efficiency, and a bit better coatings we would pronounce it to be an ideal lens – for many applications even unique.
  • Cons: weak performance against bright light,, image stabilization not efficient by today’s standards
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Expert Review

18 March 2015
  • Excerpt: Профессиональный длиннофокусный зум-объектив для самых сложных видов съемки. Небольшие габариты и вес оставляют возможность ручной съемки с рук. Фокусировка при помощи задней группы линз, «плавающая» система линз, встроенный стабилизатор изображения и USM-привод, элементы из флюорита и UD-стекла,...
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Expert Review

11 December 2007
  • Summary: Gdyby Canon 100-400 mm USM IS miał stabilizację drugiej generacji, pozwalającą pracować z wydajnością 4 EV i trochę lepsze powłoki, mielibyśmy obiektyw w zasadzie wzorowy - dla wielu zastosowań idealny.
  • Pros: wysoka jakość wykonania,, świetna lub bardzo dobra jakość obrazu w centrum kadru w całym zakresie przysłon i ogniskowych,, bardzo dobre zachowanie na brzegu kadru,, mała aberracja chromatyczna,, znikoma dystorsja,, mała koma,, niewielki astygmatyzm,, małe winietowanie w całym zakresie ogniskowych...
  • Cons: słaba praca pod ostre światło,, jak na dzisiejsze standardy mało wydajna stabilizacja obrazu.
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