Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
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Canon 400mm F5.6
Alan R. Welch "Alan Welch", Amazon
3 weeks ago
Summary: I bought this lens hoping to finally be able to shoot wildlife and I am happy to say it has met every expectation. I went in understanding it was not a fast lens, but felt that by upping the ISO I shot in I could compensate for the relatively slow aperture and, for the most part this has panned out well. The lens is tack sharp and not too heavy to hand hold and you CAN get reasonable images off tripod if you know what you are doing.
Summary: Can't say enough good things about this lens. Light and easily hand held. If you are a wildlife photographer shooting Canon, THIS is your hand holding lens. Ridiculously sharp, high quality images. No need for IS. Super fast AF. Razor sharp at 5.6 and only gets better at 8.0. Built like a tank. I will never, ever sell this lens. Only possible negative is that it's a 5.6 and it needs lots of light.
Summary: Great bang for the buck! I have started shooting gigapixel panoramas which are images stitched from hundreds of photos. The 70-200mm is great for that, but to get more detail I wanted a higher magnification. For these Panos you want a small aperture so generally I shoot at f11 or f8 so this lens at f5.6 is good enough! I'm also shooting on a tripod so lack of IS is also not a problem. The payoff for this non-IS L lens is great image quality!
Summary: I was not sure what lens to buy for wildlife and sports 100-400 or Canon 400mm 5.6. After some testing and studying I found that the 400mm is the lens to go because its results in much sharper photos than the 100-400mm. In most cases you have to use tripod or monopod to avoid the camera shake (Motion blur), but in daylight conditions with the high shutter speed, around 1000/s, you can produce razor-sharp images, even wide open.
Conclusion: This lens has to be one of the best values at or above 300mm. My first long telephoto and I still use it. No IS and no big aperture, but in daylight you can get some great images. I've captured a number of dragonfly with this lens and honestly I wouldn't use anything else. If I asked canon to change anything about this lens it would be to have a little closer focus.
Pros: Fast auto-focus, Superior build quality, Super-sharp images, lightweight
Summary: The lens is sharp, light weight, and the included sliding hood is a big benefit, for glare free photos. Iv'e had 400 2.8, 500 f4,lens and find this lens to fit my needs very well. I have retired from professional photography, and am enjoying this much lighter, and sharp lens. It works best with a tripod, as it doesn't have image stablization, but delivers excellent images if you do your part, and hold it steady. Excellent Lens at any price.