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8.3 out of 10

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM

Super telephoto L-series lens with an Image Stabilizer for use i Read more

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Overall 10

Wow... just wow.

pjm, Amazon
13 May 2014
  • Summary: A lot of people will think this is a crazy amount of money to spend on a lens, but they don't appreciate that this isn't just a lens. Hell, I don't even own a camera but I could immediately see the difference this beauty would make to my desk. I used to be terrible for clutter - papers everywhere.
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Overall 10
Value for money 10

User Review

ksbryan0, Photography Review
29 November 2013
  • Summary: Prior to purchasing this lens, I had used a number of 'L' lenses, mostly under 100 mm. My long lens was the EF 100-400 L, which was useful, but often disappointing. As soon as I started using the 400, I couldn't bring myself to go back to the 100-400. My keeper rate went from less than 30% to over 75%. And birds-in-flight, which have been my nemesis for many years, are now much easier to capture well!
  • Pros: Super sharp, fast AF
  • Cons: So it is a little heavy, what do you expect?
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Overall 10


hokieshu1989, Ebay
28 January 2011
  • Summary: Razor sharp, faster than a speeding bullet and built like a tank. Should come with a gym membership (heavy) but all that weight has an upside. The most amazing photographs you could imagine capturing. Incredibly low depth of field means tack sharp subject images and backgrounds that are blown but complimentary to the image.
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Overall 10

Canon EF400mm f/2.8L II USM

scattercr, Ebay
11 July 2010
  • Summary: The EF400 2.8L II produces incredibly sharp images at any aperture. It is one generation prior to the current EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM. The high shutter speeds required for fast moving field sports makes Image Stabilization unnecessary. On an APS-H body, the 400 2.8L II gives you the 35mm equivalent of a 520mm focal length & by adding an EF1.4x II teleconverter, a 728mm with no apparent loss of image quality. Attached to a 1D4, the combination weighs just under 20 pounds.
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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM review by genotypewriter

genotypewriter, slrgear.com
16 June 2010
  • Summary: I haven't only used the 500L IS and the 600L IS but compared to _everything_ else in the line-up, the 400 2.8L IS (wide open) ties for Canon's #1 position for IQ alongside the 200 2L IS. The 400 2.8 shows very slight traces CA compared to the shorter 200 2 in near-undetectable quantities towards the edges.
  • Pros: Super sharp
  • Cons: Heavier than the new Nikon 400 2.8 VR
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Overall 10

Canon 400mm

dougo-rama, Ebay
4 March 2010
  • Summary: Sharp, focuses fast as anything I've used. BIG. I'm trying it for BIF (surfing shots look as good as they can with the shallow DOF but are not a challenge). HH can be done, and when they are in focus (all bodies you can name the MarkIV best) the images can be outstanding.
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Overall 10

Canon EF400/2.8L IS - Got a Super Telephoto Lens?

viper1963, epinions.com
19 December 2009
  • Summary: For the professional or advanced amateur photographer, this is one lens you must have in your cache of lenses.
  • Pros: Takes sharp and crisp digital or film images.
  • Cons: Expensive, bulky and requires a tripod to take great images.
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Overall 10

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Lens

*beer_*, Ebay
7 October 2009
  • Summary: If you're looking to step up from a telephoto zoom lens to something bigger and "badder", this is definitely a step in the right direction. Users of Canon's 70-200 f2.8 IS USM who photograph sporting events or wildlife subjects already appreciate the speed and clarity of Canon's f/2.8 L series lenses.
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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM review by lextalionis

lextalionis, slrgear.com
17 September 2008
  • Summary: Super lens...a "for sure" work horse in the field! Sample photos with EXIF data.
  • Pros: Nothing gets better than this one at 400mm!
  • Cons: You are heavily noticed with this lens.
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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM review by Badmono

Badmono, slrgear.com
22 August 2008
  • Summary: Awesome, I always wanted one, saved my pennies for a few years - was it worth the money & wait - YES YES YES. One sad thing I've noticed other camera users with poor lenses [100-400 zoom] for example slag off the weight of my lens - these saddo's ought to try one for themselves, their crap zoom would join plenty of others for sale on ebay - the IQ of this lens is so much better than any zoom lens on this planet.
  • Pros: IQ-IQ-IQ
  • Cons: Colour - everyone notices you, but this can workin your favour when it comes to blagging your way into events!
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