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Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM : Specifications and Opinions




Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USMCanon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM



The Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM is a tele lens for FF and APS-C, manufactured from 1993 to 2020 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it does not have image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 621 €;
152 users have given it an average vote of 9.5 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   400 mm
 Angle of view   6.2°
 Format   FF, APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/5.6
 Aperture blades   8
 Lenses/Groups   7 elements in 6 groups
 Min. focus distance   3.50 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.12x

 Features
 Stabilization   No
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal Focus   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   Yes
 Extenders   Yes
 Filters   77 mm
 Lens hood   Built-in
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   1250 g
 Dimensions   90 x 257 mm

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avatarjunior
sent on August 21, 2022

Pros: Lightweight, transportable, very sharp, fast AF

Cons: IS is missing (but not a major problem), minimum distance of MF

Opinion: I recently bought this used lens, after having used for many years (since 2014) the old 100-400. I immediately appreciated the lightness and portability. Accustomed to the 100-400 that is still transportable looks like a feather. The optical quality is very good already at full aperture. It does not lose significantly even with 1.4x. The AF is better than the already good one of the 100-400 and remains more than usable on the 6DII even with 1.4. It is a sectorial lens and less versatile than the 100-400, but for the photographic hunt it seemed excellent to me. In my opinion it is highly recommended

avatarjunior
sent on August 02, 2021

Pros: Weight, sharpness even at TA, price, integrated hood, dimensions

Cons: Maybe short bracket for freehand grip

Opinion: Goal held 3 years. Transportable anywhere given the size, excellent sharpness. Used first on 70d and then on 5d4. Taken after literally "defenestrated" a 150-600 I fell in love with it. In comparison it lacks 200mm but the quality of the file is on another planet, also allowing me to make important crops. I photographed everything: small reptiles, small birds, large birds of prey, large mammals. The absence of the stabilizer is absolutely irrelevant: on the fly they are fast times, on purpose I shot up to 1/10s (of course, with a good tripod and a level head). With a 400 f2.8, IS disabled, given the heaviness, I do not think it is possible (and this is proof of the versatility due to the weight of this lens). Often used also multiplied 1.4x III on 5d4: AF slightly slow, but in the norm with closure to f8. nothing particularly unusable. Without multiplier the AF is valid even if on large excursions it needs manual help (and here comes into play the full time MF absolutely useful in some cases). For what it costs the lack of tropicalization is a more than acceptable compromise, to be circumvented with some flutter (plastic bag or lens cover -Amazon 10 €). Used for the purpose for which it was born and in its price range it simply has no rivals. It's a regret to deprive myself of it but having upgraded to 500 f4 it is necessary.

avatarjunior
sent on June 15, 2021

Pros: Light, crisp, not too expensive

Cons: minimum focus distance, tropicalization

Opinion: I started taking bird pictures with this lens, desired for many years, I finally earned it in 2016. At first I had a bit of a hard time understanding it, the absence of the stabilizer on aps-c gets a little felt, you have to use very fast shooting times to get level photos. The fact that it is not tropicalized and its minimum focus distance are a little penalizing, but once you know these two things you take the necessary precautions. In my opinion it is perfect as an optics to photograph birds in flight since its focus is always very fast and precise and since it is light, it is easier to manage freehand, but it is not bad even for static subjects. In general it gave me great shots, it's hard to part with.

avatarjunior
sent on March 13, 2021

Pros: Handling, sharpness, construction.

Cons: Sometimes autofocus sees us badly.

Opinion: I purchased this used lens and in excellent condition. The use I make of it is exclusively related to bird life and I must say that in general it meets my expectations; The sharpness is very good, although I expected a little more. It is likely that the feeling of non-superb sharpness derives from the fact that I use this lens combined with an APS-C sensor, having a 70d. I wonder if actually on Full Frame the sharpness of this lens can make a real leap forward or if it is sea bass. With regard to autofocus, I found some indecision in poor light conditions (absolutely physiological indecisions for an f/5.6) and also in fine adjustments, for example among the fronds of trees, in which it sometimes shows difficulties in "centering". The slightest focus distance, 8.5 meters, is not a big problem for me. The aforementioned minimum focus distance is "switchable" to 3.5 meters thanks to a selector. Overall positive assessment. Waiting to try the lens on Full Frame. Darius

avatarjunior
sent on June 20, 2020

Pros: Compact and lightweight, affordable cost, sharpness in non-megapixellate FF, construction and robustness.

Cons: AF not very performing in action photo, lack of stabilizer, minimum distance of mf that limits its use

Opinion: I had it for many years and often used it in alternation with more performing optics. Its main skills are handling and the very affordable price. The image is good /excellent especially in FF, it works well also at TA, men suitable for the APSC. The AF is dated, especially in pursuit, even on recent machine bodies. On the other hand, it is a '993 objective' and I do not know that it has ever been updated. For what it costs, I think it's a bargain.




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