Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS


This is the Holy Grail for sports photographers. This lens is incredibly sharp, focuses in a split second, and has phenomenally wide aperture at f/2.8 for a 400mm lens. It’s the lens on the sidelines of professional sporting events everywhere, but it’s also used by many nature photographers, especially those in less than ideal light.

The catch? It’s a big, heavy lens. We strongly recommend a very heavy duty monopod or a heavy duty tripod with a gimbal head (not a ballhead). This is a lens for photographers experienced with long lens technique. Shipping cost is significant since the box is almost 30 pounds when packed for shipping.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

Obviously it’s THE telephoto for long distance sports shooting, especially night games or when light is less than ideal. It’s perfectly sharp even wide open and is one of the few lenses that still gives great sharpness with a 2x teleconverter. 800 f/5.6 IS anyone?

A little known fact: this big huge lens gathers so much light you can set ants on fire with it — by moonlight.
January, 2013

Filter Size
11.7 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
9.8 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
6 degrees
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
2 stop, tripod sensing, panning mode
Focusing System
Internal focus, Full time active, USM motor, focus limiting switch
Aperture Blades
8, curved, octagonal
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
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LensRentals.com offers rentals ranging in length from 1 to 90 days. The shopping cart will automatically update the quoted price as you adjust the length of your rental. Our most common rental periods are shown below:

Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $29.00 $195.00 $224.00 $74.67
4 days $32.00 $209.00 $241.00 $60.25
7 days $42.00 $278.00 $320.00 $45.71
10 days $57.00 $375.00 $432.00 $43.20
14 days $74.00 $487.00 $561.00 $40.07
21 days $99.00 $653.00 $752.00 $35.81
30 days $124.00 $820.00 $944.00 $31.47
45 days $162.00 $1070.00 $1232.00 $27.38
60 days $189.00 $1251.00 $1440.00 $24.00
90 days $244.00 $1612.00 $1856.00 $20.62
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $195.00 $65.00
4 days $209.00 $52.25
7 days $278.00 $39.71
10 days $375.00 $37.50
14 days $487.00 $34.79
21 days $653.00 $31.10
30 days $820.00 $27.33
45 days $1070.00 $23.78
60 days $1251.00 $20.85
90 days $1612.00 $17.91

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