Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L USM IS Lens

The 2577A002 Zoom lens , 100-400mm - F/4.5-5.6 is the first EF lens with a zoom range from 100mm to 400mm, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5- 5.6L IS USM lens offers high resolution, superb contrast, neutral color balance, and Canons original built-in Image Stabilizer function. High zoom magnification is…
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By Az

from Pennsylvania

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Great Wildlife Lens!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Rugged

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Sports/Action
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

This is my main lens for photographing wildlife. This lens has been to the wilds of Alaska, Wyoming, and all the way back to Pennsylvania. I love it! The lens produces sharp images, even at extended full length. I love how there are two settings for focusing the closer objects and the farther objects. The two settings for motion stabilizing work very well and are a nice touch. It is great for handholding (which I do more of). I do find that on occasion it does take a little longer to autofocus. With that said, it is still great for action. It is a push pull lens and although some people don't care for that, when placed on the correct resistance, it works well and I don't mind it a bit. I wouldn't recommend this lens for a primary lens in low light but, when on a tripod, i have produced some decent photographs at night of fixed objects with no flash. The lens is heavy so make sure you pump some iron! But with the weight comes ruggedness. This lens is pretty tough and has seen back country often. Since wildlife is fast and unpredictable, I hike with the lens out of my bag and on the camera. The USM is pretty quiet. Overall, this lens is a good addition to your lens arsenal when you want that telephoto zooming range and a very sharp photo at all zooms. Lately I have been using this lens with a 2x canon extender iii. This is great for getting close up shots of wildlife as the 400 becomes an 800. Yes, you lose some light (2 f-stops) but the clarity of the photo at max range is still very sharp. Unfortunately the lens then has to go into manual focus. It does tend to be tricky manually focusing during those hand held moments. Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this lens and recommend it.

 Images from Az
 
With lens & Canon 2x extender, 800mm, handheld
Pika

By Jason C.

from Buffalo, NY

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20th Century Lens...21st Century quality

 
4.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy
  • Slow Focus
  • Poor in Low Light

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action

Comments:

In the Canon Lens realm, this lens has no equal for it's 100 to 400mm range. The images are crisp and sharp at 400mm, and all around solid quality images at all ranges. Being designed in the latter 90's, this lens is HEAVY. A tripod is really called for if you want images that are sharp. The Image Stabalizer does work well for hand held shots, but again, lugging this lens around on a full frame will wear you down. Until they come out with a second version of this work horse, I highly recommend it! I am using it for landscape, wildlife, air shows, and anything else that demands the reach with high quality images.

 Images from Jason C.
 
Airplane
Full Moon

By swampfox

from Raleigh, NC

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Best option inspite of the negatives...

 
4.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction
  • Gets me close to subject

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Heavy
  • Not Weather Sealed
  • Poor in Low Light

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

I use this lens primarily to get up close and personal with wildlife without disturbing them. The detail and color I am able to capture are outstanding. Since I need to be able to react quickly (no time to set up a tripod) the IS is extremely important and allows me to get sharp hand-held shots. The lens is heavy and can become tiring to lug around while hiking in remote areas.

 Images from swampfox
 
Up high and there for a minute!

By Gene

from Woodland, wa

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Performs as adversised

 
5.0

PROS

  • Strong Construction
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

Used to photograph wildlife.


By Fast Shooter Ron

from Northeast Florida

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Simply Suberb!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Beautiful finish
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Rugged

CONS

  • Lens Creep
  • Zoom is fast
  • A little Heavy

BEST USES

  • Portraits
  • Sports/Action
  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

Zoom takes a little getting used to, push pull! Once you get used to the zoom it is very fast! This is just another example of Canons BEST!


By pnl1948

from Houston, Tx

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Good lens but.....

 
4.0

PROS

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged
  • Consistent Output

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

I am in general pleased by the lens. The weight is substancial, but can be handled without too much effort. The camera can be installed on a monopod and carried with less effort. One set back I had recently was when I took the lens at the beach to take pictures of wildlife, my lens was unuable due to inside fog. Apart from this issue I do not see a better alternative in Canon lenses line up for a more affordable alternative to a good focal lens. I took pictures of the moon and I am pleased about the overall performance. It can be used as well for close up. The lens is a little bit on the heavy side, but tolerable after seeing the results.

 Images from pnl1948
 
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By Spinster

from Cape May Court House, NJ

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Lens that teaches the amateur!

 
5.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Rugged

CONS

BEST USES

  • Night Photography
  • Macro Photography
  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

As a amateur photographer I am learning as I go! This lense had been a great addition for me, I am having a blast clicking my way with this lense!


By Travis

from RPB, FL

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Reliable, sharp, and portable

 
4.0

PROS

  • Consistent Output
  • Rugged
  • Sharp

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos

Comments:

This lens works well without a tripod in decent light.Fairly fast focus. I use mainly for nature photography and I am even getting some good bird on the fly images.


By Prith

from Baltimore, MD

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

Good Multipurpose Wildlife Lens..

 
4.0

PROS

  • Superior Construction
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Sharp at most focal lengt

CONS

  • Poor in Low Light
  • Push Pull Zoom
  • Soft at 400mm

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Sports/Action
  • Portraits

Comments:

1. Light weight as compared to its other competitors like Sigma 50-500mm/150-500mm2. Softer at 400mm. I was disappointed with picture quality at 400mm on many occasions.3. Great for general wildlife photography but not a good lens for birding. I would rather recommend a prime lens for birding. 4. Excellent Zoo lens. 5. Performs badly in poor light.Overall an excellent multi purpose wildlife lens. Although don't expect a lot from it if you will be clicking a bald eagle at 400mm from a distance of 100+ meters and plan to crop the image. But if you want to click a tiger at the zoo or nice portraits of you girlfriend, a fantastic lens!


By Dan

from Littleton, Colorado

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Canon 100-400 Does an Awesome Job

 
5.0

PROS

  • Ease of Use
  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

CONS

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action

Comments:

This lense is consistent with all Canon products. Very reliable and easy to use. I live in Colorado and I recently took some really incredible fall shots with it. The first thing people have said about the shots is "Wow!" It is a little heavy, but once I start shooting I completely forget about that. It is everything the people in the previous reviews have said it is. Well worth the investment.


By SirChaunchy

from Thousand Oaks, CA

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

The 100-400 mm L Series Zoom is Awesome

 
5.0

PROS

  • Excellent Pictures
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Intuitive Easy to zoom

CONS

  • No Autofocus with 2X Expa
  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

This is an excellent lens for taking pictures of wildlife without getting so close you scare them away. For small animals like birds and chipmunks it's good out to about 50 feet. For bigger animals you can get out to a hundred yards or so. I also bought the 2X expander so it boosts it up to the equivalent of an 800 mm lens. That works great too, but it costs you two stops so you get less light or slower speeds and the auto-focus doesn't work when using the 2X expander. I believe it is supposed to work, but it doesn't with mine.


By Frank

from Washington State.

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Versatile Long lens!

 
4.0

PROS

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Strong Construction
  • Rugged

CONS

  • No dust seal be careful

BEST USES

Comments:

It is possible to be outside the race track and take photos like you were on the track! Have stopped birds in flight from 1/4 mile away.


By Al

from Sayville, NY

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(1 of 1 customer found this review helpful)

Nice lens

 
4.0

PROS

  • Focal length range
  • Sharpness

CONS

  • Telescopic zoom
  • Poor in Low Light

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action

Comments:

I use this primarily for sports. Focal range is very good and sharpness is great. The telescopic zoom takes a little getting used to however this is not a deal breaker. This is a good lens if you have plenty of light...not good for indoor or nightime. Nice that it comes with the hood and tripod collar. Overall, very pleased because I bought it primarily for outdoor sports and for greater reach.


By Dave B.

from Highland, IL

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Excellent Lens - Worth the Money

 
5.0

PROS

  • Quick Focus
  • Strong Construction
  • Sharp Focus
  • Consistent Output
  • Durable

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos
  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments:

Have not had time to use all that much, but the pictures I have taken so far are incredible. The color and detail blows away all my other lenses.


By Snap One Shot

from Columbia, SC

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

A must have

 
4.0

PROS

  • Quick Focus
  • Sharp Focus
  • Durable
  • Strong Construction

CONS

  • Heavy

BEST USES

  • Wildlife Photos
  • Sports/Action
  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

Comments:

I gave this lens a good run at the MLK rally at the state capital recently and came away with some incredible shots in a densely crowded setting. I like that people aren't as reactive to the lens allowing one to capture natural states and expressions.

 Images from Snap One Shot
 

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