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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS II USM

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS II USM
alaAverage 4.6

310 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 310 reviews of Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS II USM. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters for all reviews. People really like the size and design. The reliability and usability also get good comments.

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On average, users rate this product 83/100 and experts rate this product 99/100.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS II USM

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS II USM from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.4/5 for other Lenses & Filters on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and usability are on the whole positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably.

price, design, usability, size

100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon EF40056LU EF400mm f/5.6 L USM LensCanon EF40056LU EF400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens

May, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS II USM

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS II USM from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Lenses & Filters on Amazon.com.

100% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM AutoFocus Lens Kit, USA with Tiffen 77mm Photo Essentials Filter Kit, Lens Cap Leash, Professional Lens Cleaning KitCanon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM AutoFocus Lens Kit, USA with Tiffen 77mm Photo Essentials Filter Kit, Lens Cap Leash, Professional Lens Cleaning Kit

May, 2018

Expert review by : Bryan Carnathan (the-digital-picture.com)

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens

 

Canon classifies the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens as a "Super Telephoto" lens.It is super in image and build quality, but is not super in size.

Feb, 2006

Expert review by (the-digital-picture.com)

Canon EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM Lens

 

The Canon EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM Lens is Canon's first DO (Diffractive Optics) lens - yielding 400mm f/4 IS performance in a relatively small and light handholdable package

I found my first Canon EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM Lens' included lens hood very aggravating. Not the hood itself, but the fit of the hood. It was extremely tight - too tight to get on/off - unless you gently wiggle and tilt the hood just right (objective...

Expert review by (imaging-resource.com)

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Review

 

There's not much more to add that our tests haven't already shown. The lens performs well, perhaps not up to the level that more recent Canon lenses have, but considering the age of its design it still works extremely well.

Jan, 2008

Expert review by : photozone.de (photozone.de)

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 USM L - Review / Lab Test Report

 

The EF 400mm f/5.6 USM L is a very good to excellent lens in aspects and optically a somewhat superior to the current (locally tested) 400mm alternatives - at least compared to those that are affordable for mortals. So if you can live without IS and...

Mar, 2008

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Nice L lens

 

A good entry level bird/wildlife lens. Takes a bit of practice to get sharp shots handheld.

Well made. Sharp. Not too heavy for a 400, but not exactly light either. Good value. Works pretty well with the 1.4x extender. Fast autofocus

It could really use IS

Apr, 2010

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Bang-for-the buck super tele

 

Per dollar' this has to be the best super tele out there!

Fantastic IQ right from F5.6. Sharp, contrasty and really nice background blur. The AF drive on this lens is VERY quick and accurate. Excellent for fast action (in good light). Build quality is great. Lightweight and easy to handhold for a 400mm lens

With no IS and being F5.6 you need plenty of light and/or high ISO to handhold a lens this long (especially on a crop camera). If you're shooting wildlife at dawn/dusk a monopod/tripod helps

Jan, 2010

Consumer review (newegg.com)

Great Lens

 

Wonderful lens super fast focus accurate and super sharp.

None

Jul, 2007

Consumer review (warehouseexpress.com)

Useful lens

 

I use this lens when the longer telephoto is too big or heavy for the location. Works well on 5DSR.

Durable ; Sharp Focus

Heavy

Aug, 2016

Consumer review (warehouseexpress.com)

A Spectacular Lens!

 

I have used this lens week in, week out, to shoot motorsport for over 3 years and it has been a revelation!Pin sharp wide open, faultless image quality and extremely quick to focus. While there is no IS, I have never missed it and although the f5.6...

Consistent Output","Lightweight","Quick Focus","Rugged","Sharp Focus

Slow Aperture

May, 2016

Consumer review (warehouseexpress.com)

A Spectacular Lens!

 

I have used this lens week in, week out, to shoot motorsport for over 3 years and it has been a revelation!Pin sharp wide open, faultless image quality and extremely quick to focus. While there is no IS, I have never missed it and although the f5.6...

Consistent Output ; Lightweight ; Quick Focus ; Rugged ; Sharp Focus

Slow Aperture

May, 2016

Product Specifications

Design

Color of product:Black, White

Lens System

Closest Focusing Distance:106.3 / 118.1 / 137.8
Component for:SLR
Diagonal angle of view (max):5 / 6
Fixed focal length:15.7
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Lens mount interface:Canon EF
Lens structure:16/12 / 17/13 / 7/6
Lens structure (elements/groups):16/12 / 17/13 / 7/6
Lens Type:Telephoto
Maximum aperture number:#VALUE! / 32
Minimum aperture number:1:5.6 / 2.8 / 32
Number of diaphragm blades:8 / 9
Thread diameter:5.04
Viewing angle, horizontal:5
Viewing angle, vertical:3

Other Features

Magnification:0.12 / 0.12X / Extension Tube EF12 II - 0.16 - 0.03, Extension Tube EF25 II -0.21 - 0.07

Performance

AF actuator:DO IS USM / USM
Auto focus: Yes
Compatible products:Extension Tube EF12 & EF25
Maximum magnification:0.17

Weight & Dimensions

Diameter:3.54 / 5.04 / 6.42
Filter size:2.05 / 3.03
Length:10.1 / 13.5 / 9.17
Weight:135.8 / 2.76 / 4.28 / 44.1