Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
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Disappointing at best
Peas Creek Studios, B&H Photo
1 November 2013
Excerpt: I focus on nature more than anything, late in 2010 I added this lens to my arsenal, and it has been a source of regret ever since. Beyond 200mm, this lens is not capable of producing the kind of image you'd expect from an L. At 400, it renders dull, flat, soft images that I'd expect from a kit lens.
Pros: What can I say? "L" lens, awesome focus, crisp detail, great reach.
Cons: It's not light. And the most unfortunate thing to date has been the pricing. Consistently higher than any other online retailer. At one point several hundred dollars OVER msrp. After being corrected, newegg declined to offer the canon rebate, making it nearly two hundred higher than other retailers. I was told they don't price match. It was a shame, as much as I love newegg, I don't love them one hundred and seventy dollars more than the next shop.
Pros: Awesome lens, great results on my T3i. Highly recommend.
Cons: Newegg really dropped the ball on pricing. originally priced at $1959 until i talked with customer support and pointed out Canon USA list price was $1699. Now Canon USA is offering an additional $170 off via instant rebate extended to retailers. All major newegg competitors are significantly less expensive. I tried 2 times to get them to adjust, but they wouldnt. Dont overpay, go to other online retailers and pay less. I normally buy my camera parts from newegg, but t...
Summary: After several months of careful research about lenses, I decided that this was the one that I wanted. I have owned it for a few weeks but today was the first day that I actually had the weather to go out and shot some photos. I decided that I wanted to compare Image Quality (IQ) of the 100mm-400mm to the kit 70mm -300mm lens.(no IS and no USM) After finding a suitable subject, I took three images with each lens at 100, 200 and 300 focal length.
Excerpt: Yep that's right. [$] Dust Pump. This lens is not worthy of the "L" badge. It is slow - f5.6 min aperture at longer focal lengths. Do yourself a favour and get the EF 200mm f2.8 and if you must, a 1.4 teleconverter - much better quality images. Of course, being a such a wide range zoom lens, image quality is compromised over the entire focal length range, jack of all trades and master of none.
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens for Canon SLR Cameras
Don1792, Rate it all!
18 February 2009
Summary: I'm using this lens on Rebel XSi. The XSi records out of focus images routinely so I have no way of knowing if this is a quality lens or not. It's physical quality it great and operates smoothly, the Canon camera is the problem.
Summary: Had problems with this lens focusing on infinity from the start and now its broken down completely (Er 01). Am now faced with intractable Canon Warranty Repair service (non-service?). Nice lens if its working....
Summary: I have tried a few "L" series lenses, but why this 100-400mm lens continues to sell at this price is a mystery to me. It simply does not deliver the image quality or the versatility I would expect in this price range. Pros: It is very solidly built "L" quality. It delivers a focal length not found at this build quality. But that's where it stops. Cons: It is "push - pull" lens, which draws air into the lens on every "pull" stroke.
Excerpt: I purchased this lens over a year ago from unbeatable and it certainly was on price. If you are thinking about whether or not to buy this lens, 100% buy it. I am a pro watersports photographer and there isnt a day that goes by without it slamming an image into the back of the basket that makes me jump up and do three laps of the room. Its better than my watch, my car, my kite, its just my best toy.
Pros: The ultra clear water droplets at 100metres and the incredibly sharp images that make water look like mercury!!!
Cons: Cant use a converter on auto, but 1.4 can do