Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM
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Wow... just wow.
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.
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?
Summary: This lens is tack sharp, super fast, and top quality! I could not ask for better, the sharpness and brokeh produced by this lens are amazing. I have tried it with a 2X extender and did see some noise, but it wasn't anything I couldn't fix in the digital darkroom, still, much better quality without the extender, obviously! This thing is heavy, and it is a beast, but once you get used to it, you begin to learn tricks on how to handle it.
Summary: I am a 21 year old photographer trying to save all the money I can just to get the perfect equipment for what I want to do (Sports Photography) I currently own a Canon 7D body with this lens as well as a 70-200mm 2.8 IS mark ii lens. I sacrificed something that was VERY special to me just to get this lens in my hands and all I can say is...WOW. This lens is INCREDIBLE...and that is seriously an under statement. Incredibly TACK SHARP images are produced from this tank.
Summary: I read up on this lens before buying it and I would suggest doing that if you are thinking about picking one up. First it is a large piece of glass and it is heavy which I knew going into this purchase. It isn't the type of lens you want to pack around due to the weight. I find it better to have it set up on the tripod to move around and hopefully not to far. I found that there is a learning curve going to this size of lens from what I had been using.
Summary: I have had the lense about 6 months. I have used it in wildlife photography in state parks and at Yellowstone/Grand Teton. The performance of the lense is very good. It has worked well in low light and for long distance shots. I watched wolves at about a mile away in very early morning light, but they were obviously small in the photos. I have used it with 2x converter for some shots. Positives are it is easy to use and the optics are very good.
Summary: Beautiful piece of glass. Bought it pre-owned. Previous owner had kept it in immaculate condition. Lens is a tad heavy, but that is to be expected given the amount of glass inside. Image quality is OUTSTANDING. The sharpness is to die for. A must have for sports and wild life shooting. I mount it on a Manfrotto frame for large lenses, and it gives me all the stability and flexibility I need. Will be travelling to Japan in the winter to take snow shots.
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.
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.
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM review by genotypewriter
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.