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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM review

Canon by name and big gun by nature, it's a super-telephoto beast

Our Verdict

For

  • 4-stop image stabiliser is excellent
  • Super-fast autofocus
  • Stunning image quality

Against

  • Big
  • Heavy
  • Fiendishly expensive to buy

Canon ef 400mm f/2.8l is usm and 300mm f/2.8l is usm

The use of top-quality fluorite elements aims to ensure great image quality with high resolution and contrast, along with minimal colour fringing.

Canon's SubWavelength Coating (SWC) is also employed to reduce ghosting and flare, while the outer surfaces of the front and rear elements have fluorine coatings for easy cleaning.

Optical quality is impeccable in every respect. We were massively impressed at the sharpness and contrast, even when shooting at the maximum aperture of f/2.8 under gloomy lighting.

However, you do need to watch out for depth of field. At a focus distance of 10m with an aperture of f/2.8, DOF is only 10.2cm on a full-frame DSLR camera and a mere 6.4cm on an APS-C-sized body.

Distortion is practically zero, chromatic aberrations are negligible and peripheral illumination is excellent. The lens is also very resistant to ghosting and flare.

Given the long 400mm focal length, or an effective 640mm on Canon APS-C cameras, the 4-stop stabiliser really does have its work cut out.

In our tests, it performed extremely well, not only enabling sharp handheld shots when needed, but working brilliantly when using the lens on a monopod.

Autofocus is similarly top-drawer, with spectacularly fast and supremely accurate performance.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Fixed Focal Length400 mm
Lens Mount TypeCanon EF/EF-S
Maximum Aperture Fixed2.8
Brand NameCanon
Filter Attachment Diameter52 mm
Lens TypeSuper Telephoto
Application/UsageCamera
Minimum Focus Distance2.70 m
Minimum Aperture32
Diameter163 mm
Depth343 mm
Compatibility

Canon EOS DSLR Cameras

Magnification0.17x
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model4412B005
Product NameEF 4412B005 Lens
Product LineEF
Manufacturer Part Number4412B005
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

Ultra-high-performance L-series super-telephoto lens, featuring a 4 stop Image Stabilizer with 3 modes. The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM delivers outstanding image quality in a robust design ideal for sports and wildlife photography.

Weight (Approximate)3.85 kg