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Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - 2577A002

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4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - 2577A002/ Focal Length 100-400mm/ Lens Construction 17 Elements In 14 Groups/ Focus Adjustment Rear Focusing System With USM/ Closest Focusing Distance 1.8m/ 5.9 ft/ Zoom System Linear Extension Type/ Filter Size 77mm/ White Finish
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Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens - 2577A002

L-series super telephoto zoom lens equipped with an Image Stabilizer. The fluorite and Super UD-glass elements largely eliminate secondary spectrum. The floating system also ensures high picture quality at all focal lengths. The Image Stabilizer has two modes and it is compatible with Extenders 1.4x II and 2x II.

Specifications:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6
  • Lens Construction 17 elements in 14 groups
  • Diagonal Angle of View 24° - 6° 10'
  • Focus Adjustment Rear focusing system with USM
  • Closest Focusing Distance 1.8m/ 5.9 ft.
  • Zoom System Linear extension Type
  • Filter Size 77mm

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 3 lbs
  • Shipping: 4 lbs

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 3.6"
  • Length: 7.4"
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Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
4.6

(based on 67 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Superior build quality (42)
  • Super-sharp images (37)
  • Fast auto-focus (33)
  • Sharp (6)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

  • Semi-sharp images (8)
  • Heavy (3)
  • Slow auto-focus (3)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    4 years and going strong

    I bought this lens in early 2005 and it has been heavily used and continues to produce incredible images today. I tend to use f/7.1 a lot and this renders my subject very...Read complete review

    I bought this lens in early 2005 and it has been heavily used and continues to produce incredible images today. I tend to use f/7.1 a lot and this renders my subject very sharp with great detail while providing a beautiful blurred background. I am careful to get a nice colorful background to compliment my subject. The 100-400mm f/4.5L IS lens was my dream lens when I bought it and I still feel this way about it. My photographer & camping friend immediately pried open his tight wallet to buy one after using mine and I can vouch for him that he also gets heavy usage & beautiful captures from his as well. It is heavy (but not more than my 70-200 f/2.8L IS lens) and I do use a tripod or monopod (with IS turned OFF) much of the time, although IS does work great for those times when I am hand holding it. With my 1.4 extender using f/11 & 1/125s @ full extension, I get some very impressive moon captures as well. A photo instructor once claimed that he went with Canon so he could get this lens and I thought at the time, he was pulling my leg but he was not and after 4+ years of use, I totally agree he made the right decision. The only negative I have is that you lose auto focus when using an extender with the lens but at that reach, I like to manually focus anyway. Great lens, you will have a lot of fun with it and capture some incredible images to sell or hang on your wall.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Really wanted to like this lens but too many flaws

    I studied many reviews on this lens and waited over a year before finally purchasing it online. This was the first L series lens I've owned, although I had tried others before. I...Read complete review

    I studied many reviews on this lens and waited over a year before finally purchasing it online. This was the first L series lens I've owned, although I had tried others before. I knew the 100-400 has some limitations, but I really thought it would work for me. I usually shoot with a crop format 40D, and wanted this mostly for general wildlife use. Sometimes on a tripod, often not. In my opinion, there are three major problems with the lens when compared with other Canon L series telephoto zooms. Firstly the early-generation image stabilization is not particularly effective unless you're in bright sunlight, even when braced. Secondly the focus just isn't quite as fast or as accurate as I would like, with a moderate success rate at best. And thirdly, once I started pixel-peeping I found the image quality of the glass simply isn't sharp enough for me throughout a significant portion of the zoom range at wider f-stops. I'm not sure how many of these issues are generic to the 100-400, or just my copy. Ergonomically I didn't mind the size, weight and bombproof build of the lens, and liked the nice padded bag and sturdy tripod collar. Although the push-pull "dust pump" zoom seemed to function OK, I think overall I really prefer a regular zoom ring. After a few weeks of shooting with this lens, I tried the new Canon 70-300 L at my local camera store and liked it a lot better. It's an excellent lens for about the same price, even though it means losing 100mm at the long end. Virtually any lens involves some compromise, but for the money I feel there are better options than the old 100-400 L. I returned this one.

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    5.0

    A great value

    By sabre95521

    from Arcata, Ca

    Pros

    • Fast auto-focus
    • Superior build quality
    • Super-sharp images

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        This is my second purchase of this lens (the first got stolen) so that right there should tell you how much I like this lens. My favorite subject for this lens is Airshows but is a great Nature lens except in the darkest of conditions.

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        4.0

        Great Lens, Know the Limits

        By Len90

        from New Jersey

        Pros

        • Superior build quality
        • Super-sharp images

        Cons

        • Slow Auto-Focus
        • Vignetting

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          I purchased this lens as I needed to give myself a bit more reach than my 70-200 could offer, even with the 1.4 extender. The versatility with the lens is great. The 100-400 range is perfect for photographing airplanes, wildlife, sports, etc. The images are sharp up until about 300mm and then there is a slight drop off in sharpness as you go beyond 300. The focusing at times can be a bit slow, which can be tough if you are trying to lock in on a moving subject. Finally the lens does seem to vignette a lot when mounted to a full frame, which is to be somewhat expected but maybe not so much to the degree I get at times. The lens is push/pull which is a bit uncommon now. However, the adjustment period really isn't bad and after a day of playing around it feels normal. The tension ring is great for allowing you to determine how much or how little force will be required to zoom in or out. I have had this lens for nearly 5 months now and it does seem to be what I utilize the most. I still use my 70-200 f4L IS at times when I know I will not need that extra reach. My 70-200 copy is amazingly sharp and I find it to be a bit faster at focusing. Overall, I do recommend this lens to almost everyone. It is a great versatile lens but does have a few limitations. It will be interesting to see if Canon does come up with something to replace it in the coming years as the current version is coming up on 16 years already. My version was a 2013 build, based on both the serial number and having come with the new center pinch lens cap. The design might be old, but Canon is still actively making them!

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          5.0

          My favorite lens of all

          By garlec

          from Oregon

          Pros

          • Fast auto-focus
          • Superior build quality
          • Super-sharp images

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              I carry two 5dMkIII camera bodies on my Cotton carrier and this lens is always chest mounted. I love this lens. It's a great portrait lens and at 400 mm will take portraits from across the square. I wish it was faster than f/4.0 but if it was bigger it would be a pain to tote around and hold. It's fast focusing, doesn't hunt much, and gives very sharp images at wide open. Just remember to use 1/400 sec or faster (I use 1/500 or 1/640) to avoid blur. I almost never use tripod. I even got great shots of Musk ox from a rubber zodiak in Greenland. Has two focal distance settings--remember to use the right one to avoid hunting.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Back to the 100-400L

              By Mac

              from Indiana

              Pros

              • Fast auto-focus
              • Superior build quality
              • Super-sharp images

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  Purchased with a 1.4 teleconverter and have just started looking at the lens sharpness. I have started using this lens with a full frame 6d and the images are very sharp and the focus is very accurate. The 1.4xIII converter does not appear to detract measurably from the sharpness of the lens at 400mm, very impressive so far. The lens feel and tightness of the zoom mechanism is much improved.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Fills my needs

                  By KR

                  from Texas

                  Pros

                  • Fast auto-focus
                  • Superior build quality
                  • Super-sharp images

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      I use this lens for night high school football games. It is very sharp action pictures.

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                      (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Long range

                      By thetechhimself

                      from San Jose, CA

                      Pros

                      • 400mm
                      • Super-sharp images

                      Cons

                      • legacy image stabilizer
                      • Somewhat Heavy

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        Picked up a 100-400 after much thought on my next telephoto. Bottom line, I'm constantly pushing 300mm on my previous zoom so 400mm was logical. The L series glass produces much cleaner images than non-L, period. Push pull is actually nice, takes some getting used to. Heavy though, the weight does grow on you and is very hand held capable. Only beef? The IS isn't as good as newer IS, due for a refresh as this design is long in the tooth. Despite being old design, excellent image quality, excellent reach (especially mounted on a crop frame). Should warn, 400mm @ Av of 4+ in less than full light = ISO pump ie Full frame turf. Pairs well with cropped sensors in daylight as 1.6 x 400 = 640. Quality on the refurb is outstanding, it's on par with the demo model at the local Canon Reseller I played with prior to purchase.

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                        (19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Lens

                        By Dan E

                        from SE Wisconsin, the home of "low Light"

                        Pros

                        • Extremely versatile
                        • Fast auto-focus
                        • Superior build quality
                        • Super-sharp images

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                            I have owned this lens for about 2 years. It is primarily used for Wildlife and Sports photography. I had read all of the negative reviews before I purchased the lens, and have concluded that there are a lot of people out there that really don't have a clue about lens choice and lighting conditions. No, a 4.5 F lens is not considered a "low light" lens, so don't try to use it as one and then complain about the picture quality. Use this lens for the awesome piece of equipment that it is, and it will not let you down. It has a very fast focus and is built like a tank. If you are considering the purchase of this lens, just go and do it. You will be very happy with it if you know anything at all about photography.

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                            (6 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            still pondering purchase

                            By marion

                            from mississippi

                            Pros

                            • Superior build quality

                            Cons

                            • slow auto focus in low light
                            • slow speed in low light
                            • Very Heavy

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                              been wanting a lens that would give me more coverage than my 55-250. been looking at purchasing this lens for some time. just received the lens and took it to the zoo to try out. I am a petite person with small hands and this lens was very heavy for me to carry on a two hour visit to the zoo. I also had problem in adjusting lens in and out due to my small hand size and the large size of the lens. the detail of the photos is outstanding. I realize now that I was very satisfied with the 55-250 and the weight and size of the 55-250 lens is more comfortable for my hand and body size. I also found the auto focus to be slow in low light conditions inside a building. the lens is also heavy to pack around in a camera bag.

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                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Dependable

                              By Apexshot

                              from Pea Ridge AR.

                              Pros

                              • Fast auto-focus
                              • Superior build quality

                              Cons

                              • none

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                At some race car tracks your allowed to be in the hot grid area while the cars are on the track. I used this area to capture eyes in the helmet while flat out on the straightaways The eye expression is priceless. This lens made that shot effortless. And as for wildlife this lens works well also. For me the wide uses of this less made the cost very reachable.

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                                (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A Lens to Own and Use!

                                By texfstop

                                from Carrollton, TX

                                Pros

                                • Fast auto-focus
                                • Superior build quality
                                • Super-sharp images
                                • Versatile

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Canon EF 100-400MM F/4.5-5.6L IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                                    I've only had this lens for about a week but it's been on my cameras 90% of the time. I've used it on a 60D with the 1.4x III and by itself. The auto focus is fast and reliable. The sharpness is outstanding. I shot some photos of a green winged teal duck this afternoon. Every feather is clearly defined. Yes, the push/pull design seems a little like a throw back, but nostalgia never hurt anyone.

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