Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
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4 weeks ago
Summary: Great lens, but I had to sell my wife and kids into slavery in order to buy it. Also just be aware that the autofocus sometimes searches for focus and its not always that sharp, but Id say its worth the price.
Excerpt: I am a Canon shooter, so I'm a bit biased, but even amongst L-series glass, this lens stands out. I rented it to try and fell in love. It's heavy, but the front piece of glass is the size of a salad plate. The AF is so accurate, it made my 5D Mark III better, and I didn't know that could happen. What really blows you away is the tack-sharp handheld shots you can get. I used it with and without a 2x, and didn't notice any change in quality. It's just amazing.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I rented this lens for 1 week this summer when I had some cash in my pocket and I was looking for a hand-holdable lens to mount on my 7d that offered more reach than my 70-200 for nature/birding. After quite a bit of internet research I was torn between the 300 2.8 II and the 400 2.8 II. I'll start by saying that this lens is nothing short of spectacular. If you can afford it and carry it for your intended/expected durations then I wouldn't hold back on it!
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.
Summary: As expected of a lens with a street price of $11,499, the Canon 400 f/2.8 IS II USM is stunning in every respect. I offer below my review of the lens based on image quality, AF performance, handling, and user experience, plus I offer a pointer on how to pay for the lens a lot less than the street price when buying from reputable New York photo stores.
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