Canon ef 400mm f 2 8l is ii usm lens

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Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM

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The Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Don’t get us wrong--it’s not that we don’t think the original version is great. It is. But this one weighs an amazing three pounds less than its predecessor (that’s 20% lighter), and it’s even sharper, which took some doing, because the original was superb.

Updates include a markedly improved IS system that provides four stops of stabilization (including a Mode 3 that only activates IS when the shutter button is depressed fully), and a faster autofocus CPU with dedicated algorithms that increase autofocusing speed and accuracy significantly. There’s also a “power focusing” mode for video that focuses smoothly to a preset recall position.

Roger's Take

When someone tells you that something defies description, you can be pretty sure he’s going to have a go at it anyway. It’s hard to imagine how much lighter this lens actually feels than any other 400mm f/2.8. All I can say is I never, ever shot with 400mm f/2.8 lenses before this. Just too heavy to lug around. This is still a big lens, but the difference is amazing. I can hoist it to my shoulder for a hand-held shot if needed. Maybe even a couple of shots. More importantly, I don’t have any problems hoisting it up to mount it on a tripod.

Image quality is, of course, absolutely spectacular, even with a 2x teleconverter mounted. Which makes me wonder now why I would particularly take the 800 f/5.6 when I have that option with the 400, which isn’t much heavier.

A little known fact: this huge lens gathers so much light you can set ants on fire with it--by moonlight.

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