Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
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Value for money 10
10 February 2013
Summary: Very nice zoom with very big reach, there is no alternative. I have had the 400 F5.6L but saw no better IQ. The IS makes it possible to work without a mono-pod, but you need daylight off-course. Nice zoom for a visit to the zoo for example. I am extra careful for dust, after use I blow the lens clean. I have seen examples of this lens with dust between the lenses, the design of the push and pull could have to do with that. Just be a little more careful, that's all.
Pros: Nice reach, good IQ even on a Fullframe , solid build,IS
Cons: IS shows it's age. I need two hands to control the tightening ring.
Conclusion: At some race car tracks your allowed to be in the hot grid area while the cars are on the track. I used this area to capture eyes in the helmet while flat out on the straightaways The eye expression is priceless. This lens made that shot effortless. And as for wildlife this lens works well also. For me the wide uses of this less made the cost very reachable.
Conclusion: I've only had this lens for about a week but it's been on my cameras 90% of the time. I've used it on a 60D with the 1.4x III and by itself. The auto focus is fast and reliable. The sharpness is outstanding. I shot some photos of a green winged teal duck this afternoon. Every feather is clearly defined. Yes, the push/pull design seems a little like a throw back, but nostalgia never hurt anyone.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, versatile
Conclusion: I have had my EF 100-400 for about three days not got a lot of use out of yet (because the weather has been poor) BUT I will. I got this lens because it was a zoom so it was more versatile than a prime lens and because it had the extra reach that my standard telephoto did not have. I cannot wait to get out into the field and give it a complete run down and a good day’s work and send it through the passes.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, works great hand held
Not cheap, but a great lens for the size and money
27 October 2012
Summary: I rented this lens Summer 2012 for an African Safari. It was the perfect lens, and definitely one I used often. I liked the lens so much, I just bought one. The two lenses I used most of the safari with my Canon T2i digital were my Canon 18-200mm lens and this one. The photos on the 100-400 were terrific. At the far focal length of 400 mm, the clarify did not seem as good, however. I liked the push-pull mechanism of this lens.
Conclusion: Started out ok, but after a few months this lense turned out to be a waste of money. Images not sharp, very slow. Not worth the money. It's been in for service several times. Image stabilizer burnt out twice. I think I received a lemon.
Summary: Exceeds all expectations. I borrowed one from my son and had to have it. Since then I have been traveling and taking awesome shots of wildlife and the planets. I use the 1.4 and the 2.0 extenders for the planets and farther shots but most of my work has been within the 400mm range. Fast focus and accurate. Well worth the money. should have made the move years ago.I will be selling the other zoom lenses that i have been using.
Conclusion: I bought the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM (my first lens with my new 60D) primarily for wildlife photography. It was super for monitoring our nesting tree swallows this spring, plus hummers and butterflies. Just shot it tight across the valley to isolate fall color. Everything sharp enough for at least 8.5x11 so far. I do wish there was a zoom lock, to keep the tube from extending when carried pointing down - a minor quibble.
Conclusion: I use this lens mainly for airshow photography and it delivers great results. Even with my little experience. Solid built and fast AF assure me that the purchase was a good choice. The pump focal length change requires a bit of used to, but eventually gets very comfortable and fast. Great thing, though sealing could be a little better.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, fast focal length change
Conclusion: I had the opportunity to shoot some full moon shots with 100-400 on my 20D. The results were excellent. The clarity of the craters and impact shock waves. The is lens allowed my shot to have much more detail than I was able to capture with my 24 - 105. A bit expensive but well worth it when you get the great shot.