Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L


Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L


Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Canon and the model was launched 2011.
The lens belongs to the category  telephoto zoom lenses, a telephoto lens where you have the possibility to zoom in and out.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
This lens is constructed to fit all models of Canon cameras, regardless of camera model or type of sensor.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 200-400 mm. Depending on which camera the lens is used, the experienced and perceived focal length will be different. Please visit the list of compatible cameras below, it will provide the equivalent focal length you get on each camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
See compatible cameras and perceived/equivalent focal length
Read more about focal length and your field of view
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
 
 
Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/4.
The lens is to considered fairly bright.  This will make it so much easier shooting in darker environments where you do not want or can use flash lighting, for example in churches or at different sports venues. Lenses with good aperture values and longer focal lengths, such as this lens, tend to be popular amongs sports and nature photographers.
A feature worth commenting, which is also related to lens brightness, is that the brightness and maximum aperture-value remains constant regardless of focal length used. This makes it easier for you as a photographer. No matter if you are have the focus ring and focal length at 200 mm or at 400 mm the aperture value can be f/4.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
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Filter and Lens Hood
If you want to use filters on this lens the slot-in filters  (52 mm) would be the ones to use.
If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "ET-120 (WII)".
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Tripod Mount
This lens is equipped with a tripod mount, which makes use of a tripod easier and more stable.
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
Constant maximum aperture value regardless of focal length
Has a built-in image stabilizer
Long focal length with its 400 mm
An impressive focal range
Works on all sensor types
A lens hood is included
A tripod mount is included
The lens is sealed against dust and moisture
Heavy (3620 gr)
The price
 
Specification
Product Name:Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L (See dictionary)
Release date: 2011
Manufacturer:Canon
Type of lens: Telephoto Zoom Lens
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Canon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Works on all sensors (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/4
Focal Range: 200-400 mm
Depending on which camera this lens is used the focal length can seem different. This is because different camera sensors can have a slight crop factor and the focal length will be equivalent to:
  200-400 mmon Canon FF, Full frame
  260-520 mmon Canon APS-H
  320-640 mmon Canon APS-C
See list, camera for camera
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 25 elements / 20 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, IS
Closest Focusing Distance:200 cm
Filter: Drop-in Filter, 52 mm
Lens Hood:
ET-120 (WII)(included)
Tripod mount:
Yes, a tripod mount is included (Read more)
Weather sealing:
Yes
Dimensions (diameter x length):128 x 366 mm
Vikt:3620 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
 
 
Product Page (Canon):
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Text from Canon:"Overview

Designed to satisfy the discriminating needs of sports and wildlife photographers, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X is a high-performance super telephoto zoom lens with an optically matched built-in 1.4x extender for maximum versatility. With a simple flick of a switch, the zoom range can be quickly increased to 280-560mm (f/5.6). This capability is extremely useful in applications where it is not possible to change lenses quickly, while also protecting delicate equipment such as a digital SLR camera´s image sensor in environments with dust and high humidity. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X incorporates one fluorite and four UD lens elements, which provide excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range for professional quality images with high resolution, contrast and color fidelity, while a 9-blade circular aperture helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds. It utilizes inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing. And, with Power Focus mode, focus shifts are quiet and smooth, which is essential for filmmaking. Image stabilization is effective up to four shutter speed steps, with three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) providing excellent results for a wide range of subjects. Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver outstanding color balance, while helping to minimize ghosting and flare. The lens is highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions. A fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces repels dust particles and makes the lens easier to clean.


Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

A professional telephoto zoom suited to photojournalism, wildlife and sports photography

A professional-grade 200-400mm f/4 lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that boosts focal lengths to 280-560mm. A four-stop Image Stabilizer maximises sharpness. Instinctive controls enhance handing.


Benefits

Professional 200-400mm f/4 zoom lens
Built-in 1.4x extender
Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
Weather-sealed, magnesium-alloy construction
Fast USM autofocus with Power Focus for EOS Movies
Instinctive focus controls for enhanced handling


Detailed Features

Extendable super-telephoto performance
A professional-grade 200-400mm zoom with a constant f/4 maximum aperture. A built-in extender increases focal length by a factor of 1.4x to 280-560mm.

Maximum sharpness whatever the conditions
Image Stabilizer (IS) technology enables the use of shutter speeds up to four stops longer than normal without camera shake. Three IS modes are available, providing effective performance whilst panning and instant stabilisation only during the moment of exposure.

Durable, lightweight construction
The use of magnesium alloy adds strength and durability, but not weight. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture and the use of fluoride coatings ensures lens elements are easy to clean.

Quick, intelligent focusing
Enjoy fast, near-silent autofocus thanks to a ring-type ultrasonic AF motor. Stay in control with full-time manual focus override, and focus-stop and focus-preset controls on the lens barrel. Power Focus is also available for EOS Movies."
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
andyrouse.co.uk
http://www.andyrouse.co.uk/index.php?page_id=174
 
dpreview.com
http://www.dpreview.com/lensreviews/canon-ef-200-400mm-4-1p4x
 
fotosidan.se
http://www.fotosidan.se/cldoc/vi-har-provat-canon-ef-200.htm
 
fotosidan.se
http://www.fotosidan.se/cldoc/test-canon-ef-200-400mm-f.htm
 
jonasljungdahl.com
http://jonasljungdahl.com/objektivtest
 
juzaphoto.com
http://www.juzaphoto.com/article.php?l=en&t=canon_200-400_hands_on_preview
 
kenrockwell.com
http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/lenses/200-400mm-f4-is.htm
 
photographybay.com
http://www.photographybay.com/2012/07/31/canon-ef-200-400mm-f4l-lens-hands-on-report-this-thing-is-ing-amazing/
 
prophotocoalition.com
http://prophotocoalition.com/index.php/dcarr/story/hands_on_with_the_canon_200-400_f4_l_is_1.4x/
 
the-digital-picture.com
http://the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-200-400mm-f-4-L-IS-USM-Extender-1.4x-Lens-Review.aspx
 
vimeo.com (reviews by users)
http://vimeo.com/58774795
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L
Sample pictures taken with Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 IS L
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