Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
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worth every penny
semi-pro wannabe, B&H Photo
10 April 2014
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: 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
A must have if you are shooting college/pro sports!
Seth Sanchez, Amazon
15 January 2014
Summary: This review is based off experience with the 400mm 2.8 IS II USM and the Canon 1DX camera I bought the mark I version of this lens 2 years ago. I love(d) it and it produced amazing images for me, especially when shooting in f/4. The weight of the mark I version of this lens was a bit heavy and was a pain when holding it over your shoulder for periods of time. Aside from the weight of it, as I mentioned, the image quality was superb and unbeatable....or so I had thought.
Incredible lens. Doesn't have any peers. But will you get the value for your money?
3 December 2013
Summary: I have to start by saying what you already know: This lens is amazing. There is no other peer that gives you an aperture of f/2.8 at any higher focal length and weighs so little with the contrast and resolving power this lens provides. The image quality is so high that Adobe has determined that there is no need to generate a lens correction profile for this lens. So what is the catch and how are you going to monetize the investment?
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