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: 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.
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.
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.
Summary: I use this lens at my work shooting youth soccer games. All I can say about this lens is wow. It is extremely well built, is really heavy, but well worth the price. The lens focuses really fast, and tracks the subject really well. It is tack sharp as well, and still really sharp when using it with a Canon 2x converter. You will want a monopod or a tripod while using this lens. At least for me it is way to heavy to hand hold.
Pros: Build quality, sharpness, bokeh
Cons: price (but hey, what do you expect for a pro lens!), weight, but no real way to get around it
Summary: I consider myself to be a very privileged amateur wildlife photographer simply by being able to own one of these amazing over the top lenses! Its heavy, no mistake, and needs a monopod - I use the Manfrotto 681B. Only own it if you feel able to throw yourself under it to protect your investment! I consider this ethical issue most early mornings when descending down slopes or climbing over rocks.
Summary: I purchased this lens a few months ago. It is absolutely incredible for sports photography and wildlife/nature photography. Fast focus, incredible sharpness, rock-solid feel. I can't think of any negatives. It's a bit heavy, so be prepared to hold it securely or invest in a high-quality monopod.