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Canon - EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens
Quick Overview |
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.

SportsShooter Member Rating | 7.42
List Price | $2400.00
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Tim Huntington Photographer
Monterey | CA | USA
Comments | [05/26/11] This is my "condor" lens - my 70-200 didn't have enough reach, and my 400 f2.8 is too hard to maneuver when you're tracking birds that can be above you, below you etc. Image quality is right up there close to my 2.8, and autofocus works a treat. IS isn't really much use for me, and the push pull mechanism is still a bit clunky, but otherwise this lens is awesome. I've actually left the 2.8 at home when going to the racetrack now as I can hike around the track easier with this puppy and the zoom opens up a new angle here and there. Please note, I typically only shoot in well lit environs (outside in the sunshine usually), so I'm only commenting for that.
Rating | 9

Patrick Murphy-Racey Photographer
Powell | TN | USA
Comments | [02/09/10] there is a reason why nature guys seem to love this lens... their stuff doesn't move real fast... I shot two copies of this lens and never found one that was really sharp wide open at 400mm. It's OK at 300 but I sure wish Canon would make us a 100-300mm f/4L IS... That would be an awesome lens! This one is not! You'd be much better off with the 300mm f/4L IS or even the 400mm f/5.6L (which I also love to shoot).
Rating | 6

Nick Morris Photographer
San Marcos | CA | United States
Comments | [03/24/09] ARRGGHHH!! I borrowed one from a friend because I was out my 400 2.8 and this thing... oh how shall I put this, SUCKED!! I'm sure it has a place somewhere in photography just not shooting NCAA Baseball. It was my first time using one and what a nightmare! Again I'm sure there is a place for this lens and I don't knock Canon but YIKES!
Rating | 4

Steve Puppe Photographer
Olathe | KS | USA
Comments | [08/03/08] I bought this lens when I was shooting some scenic stock photography. This lens is not known as the sharpest lens in the world but for most purposes it works great. I like to use it when I'm covering outdoor events or want to walk around and shoot scenics. It's perfect for outdoor events like parades, graduations and other events that you might not want to drag out the 2.8's.
Rating | 8

Philip Peterson Photographer / Photo Editor
Puyallup | WA | USA
Comments | [05/27/08] The push pull took a little getting used to, but after a couple of outings you don't notice. It does tend to suck in the dust (due to the push/pull element) and it is hard to use for sports unless it is a nicely lit day. That being said, the 100-400 is a nice range, it it is not too heavy.
Rating | 6

Philip Johnson Photographer
Garland | TX | USA
Comments | [04/17/08] I bought this lens several years ago and have found it to do a good for its purpose. It is not your pro sports lens. Who would expect it to be, but I have found my images to be sharp. I didn't have much problem adapting to the push pull zoom.
Rating | 9

Daniel Nersesian Photographer / Student/Intern
Ventura | CA | United States
Comments | [06/22/06] This lens is GREAT. Like any tool, you have to use it for its intended purpose (which is NOT as a replacement for a 300mm F2.8 or a 400mm f2.8). There are times when going without long glass leaves you at an extreme disadvantage, but carrying around a large lens slows you down too much. These are the situations where this lens truly shines. I use mine for bicycle races, marathons and any other situation where ambient light is readily available (NOT an indoor sports lens), mobility is key, and long glass is necessary. With a street price of around $1400, it's a wortiwhile investment to keep in the trunk. After one full day of shooting with it, I was already used to the push/pull motion.
Rating | 9

Wade Laube Photographer
Sydney | NSW | Australia
Comments | [11/03/05] This lens is certainly not a replacement for your large super telephotos, but it is a great option for assignments where you need to be light on your feet and low-light isn't going to be too much of an issue. The push-pull control takes some getting used to, and its autofocus is noticably inferior to your f2.8 lenses. I would recommend only acquiring one of these lenses brand new, because they seem to be prone to breakage more than most, I imagine because of the number of elements and the vulnerability of the lens when it is at full extension. If you have had it since new, then you know that you've looked after it (or not). I would also recommend not having your 70-200 f2.8 too far away. As an all-in-one, light weight option, however, I love it.
Rating | 8

Micah Miller Photographer / Photo Editor
Murfreesboro | TN | USA
Comments | [01/09/05] As the photo editor of a college paper(MTSU-Sidelines) I have come to love this lens. Cheap enough for us to buy and wide array of uses. Image quality is good enough for us, but not for a daily or magazine.
Rating | 9

James Leary Photographer
Staten Island | NY | USA
Comments | [11/18/04] The 100-400 4.5-5.6 is as you would expect with these specs - very good but not fast enough for the pro sports photographer. There are no surprises with this lens and in buying it one should not expect it to be for top level professional sports. However, I shoot a lot of local youth sports action and sell images online. For that purpose it is a 9. As a pure professional sports action lens it is a 6 but use it for what it is meant for and get the most out of it. If you're going to the pro games you either dish out the thousands for the 400/2.8 (or similar) or don't get the focusing speed - that's a fact of our business. As for the clarity - excellent. I think this is a great lens when used in it's proper place.
Rating | 9

peter atkinson Photographer
Temecula | CA | USA
Comments | [08/24/04] bought one of these thinking it would be useful,was a little disapointed, slow and could not get used to push-pul.l image quality when i did use it was good.
Rating | 7

David Turnedge Photographer
Elizabeth Bay | NSW | Australia
Comments | [08/19/04] A relatively slow lens by L standards that generally lacks the sharpness of many of the Canon f2.8 L series lenses. Would recommend a L series 200mm f2.8 with X2 extender for faster AF and sharper images or, better yet, the Canon 300mm x2.8 L IS USM with 1.4X for superior performance and results. The push-pull focussing is also a bit of a pain. But, having said all of this you could do worse with many non-Canon branded lenses.
Rating | 5

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