Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
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Specialized lens for low light, sports/nature/actions photos.
30 August 2014
Summary: Just purchased the lens less than a week ago. Main purpose was low light settings with fast action, i.e., sports activity, nature and weddings where you can't get close to the couple. The lens works fine with my 2Xii extender, focus is fast, pictures are beautiful, . . . but lens is heavy. Not only do you need to include the weight 8.55 lbs., but you also need to figure the bracket to hold the lens on your tri/monopod, another 3 lbs., so it is bulky.
Excerpt: Canon's updated version of the venerable 400-2.8 telephoto lens is wonderful to use since it weighs four pounds less than its predecessor. The focus is lightning quick for covering a sport such as professional baseball with a shorter throw to infinity for the updated model from version II, which was still a great lens.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I have not yet had a chance to put this to it's intended use of wildlife photography up in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada but I have taken it on a few test outings and it is everything I had hoped it would be. It yields sharp, clear, high quality images and works well with Canon's 2x extender. Later in Spring when the snow melts a bit more I am sure to capture some great pictures of the birds and critters that live in this area.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction
Conclusion: I got this lens to replace my 400 2.8L VI. I really like this lens but I have to say I cannot see a real big improvement over the IQ, between VI and VII. If I had to do it all over again, I may have kept my VI. I am not unhappy at all with the upgrade, I just may have been expecting to much. Still a great lens and would recommend it to anyone.
Excerpt: I got this lens to replace my 400 2.8L VI. I really like this lens but I have to say I cannot see a real big improvement over the IQ, between VI and VII. If I had to do it all over again, I may have kept my VI. I am not unhappy at all with the upgrade, I just may have been expecting to much. Still a great lens and would recommend it to anyone.
Excerpt: This beauty is a gemstone in every aspect. As you see, the previous reviews are packed with facts. And it is amazingly light given its power. To make it complete, also buy: Canon 52mm Drop-in circular polarizing filter A minor detail, and only a little minus for the case itself is to be mentioned. It could have been reduced in size by removing the space dedicated for the two teleconverters/extenders.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I photograph wildlife and professional cycling. When I went to South Africa in 2010 I rented the older version of 300mm F 2.8. This lens is 400mm but about the same weight and with more functionality built in. The clarity is beyond belief. As the lens is a 2.8 I can use my 2x doubler and the image stabilization and autofucus are still enabled on my 5dmkII. 800mm of clarity for incredible images of birds and wildlife is what I was looking for and exactly what I got.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Strong Construction
Excerpt: Purchased for Photographing low light sports. The lens is super fast focusing, very sharp and has a super bokeh at f2.8. A real attention getter from onlookers. Still a little on the heavy side (both weight and price) both both to be expected. So far I love it!!
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction