Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II

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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 3 pounds less than its predecessor. (That’s 20% lighter). It’s even sharper than the version I, which took some doing because the original was superb.

Updates include a markedly improved IS system that provides 4 stops of stabilization (including a Mode 3 that only activates IS instantly 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 Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

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 big huge lens gathers so much light you can set ants on fire with it — by moonlight.

March, 2013

Filter Size
8.5 lb
ET-155 (WII)
Minimum Focusing Distance
8.8 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
6 degrees
Zoom method
Image Stabilization
4 stop, tripod sensing, 3 mode
Focusing System
Internal focus, Full time active, USM motor, focus limiting switch, Power Focus mode
Aperture Blades
8, curved, octagonal
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame
  • Lens w/ tripod foot and rear cap
  • Hood w/ front cover
  • Strap
  • Soft lens case



  • Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II Diagram

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7 days $65.00 $436.00 $501.00 $71.57
10 days $88.00 $589.00 $677.00 $67.70
14 days $114.00 $763.00 $877.00 $62.64
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30 days $192.00 $1286.00 $1478.00 $49.27
45 days $250.00 $1679.00 $1929.00 $42.87
60 days $293.00 $1962.00 $2255.00 $37.58
90 days $377.00 $2529.00 $2906.00 $32.29
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $305.00 $101.67
4 days $327.00 $81.75
7 days $436.00 $62.29
10 days $589.00 $58.90
14 days $763.00 $54.50
21 days $1025.00 $48.81
30 days $1286.00 $42.87
45 days $1679.00 $37.31
60 days $1962.00 $32.70
90 days $2529.00 $28.10

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