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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM : Specifications and Opinions


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1997 to 2014 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 1532 €;
172 users have given it an average vote of 8.8 out of 10.


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MOUNT

This lens is available with the following mounts:

Canon EF: this lens is compatible with reflex fullframe and APS-C Canon EF.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   100-400 mm
 Angle of view   24.4 - 6.2°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/4.5-5.6
 Aperture blades   5
 Lenses/Groups   17 elements in 14 groups
 Min. focus distance   1.80 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.20x

 Features
 Zoom type   Push-pull, external
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal Focus   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1380 g
 Dimensions   92 x 189 mm

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avatarjunior
sent on March 12, 2013

Pros: Sharpness (only in FF), fast autofocus, Quick zoom, tripod ring

Cons: soft images in APS-C cameras, no weather sealing

Opinion: In my testing with a FF and an APS-C was very different in sharpness. In FF very sharp but in APS-C was very soft. In library test you can see this difference: ------- http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/ISO-12233-Sample-Crops.aspx?Lens=113&Camera=736&Sample=0&FLI=0&API=0&LensComp=113&CameraComp=9&SampleComp=0&FLIComp=0&APIComp=0 ------------ This disparity exists for all apertures. Sharpness results in my 40D was very very bad.

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avatarjunior
sent on November 24, 2021

Pros: Colors Sharpness fast focus for your age

Cons: The dust that sucks

Opinion: And a lens with which You have to take the hand does not give anything if not understood, the criticisms on the speed of focus, in my opinion sometimes are not right if you shoot with a 5d you have a speed if you use a 1dx the hooking of the subject and fast and precise, So and everything in relation to the camera body that is used, the pasty of the photos is excellent, if the photo is not sharp it is not always his fault, then you know the latest model and more efficient and fast but it costs more than double I recommend it and an excellent school

avatarjunior
sent on October 07, 2020

Pros: Versatile, crisp and very practical

Cons: Nothing at today's prices

Opinion: Interesting focal, clutch pump zoom that allows very fast camera changes. It has two levels of stabilization I still prefer to raise the time and the iso. With the 1Ds and 7D mk1 returns excellent files to all apertures and focals. If you find it used put well take it, it almost always replaces the 70 - 200. Its small size for the focals it covers make it a great travel canvas. Paired with a basic zoom you have the complete kit in a FF. If you mount it on 7D you multiply X 1.6 you can go hunting. Target of 10 in 2020

avatarjunior
sent on November 06, 2019

Pros: Light, sharp enough, AF and decent stabilizer

Cons: Nothing really important, but compared with the 70-200 2.8 II a little less sharp

Opinion: Bought used by a friend who thought it too heavy (we made an exchange with the 70-300 L). Originally I would have preferred the 400 5.6 but I thought again. On FF the quality is good and the best itinerant photos of birds I made with this lens. It is light, very versatile, with an interesting minimum focus. It can also be used with 1.4x with some quality limit and only on cameras that allow the AF to 8 (like D7II). Very useful in sports photo for extreme versatility.

avatarjunior
sent on December 07, 2018

Pros: Very sturdy (a battleship), versatile, relatively light

Cons: It can certainly not compete with the younger twin II series, but that costs more than 1k € more, obvious no?? Brightness acceptable for daytime use.

Opinion: Very versatile and even if a little seasoned competes quietly with other similar newer, see Sigma and Tamron, to which I preferred after a direct confrontation. The robustness and reliability after many years of its appearance are a guarantee. Very sharp and versatile, although as mentioned it is not the top in all focal lengths. It is not a super bright, so it does not compare to a 2.8 or F4 fixed, but it does very well its duty even with a stabilizer dated but always functional. Enjoy it for the money you can buy in the used market!




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