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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
Drop-in
Aperture
f2.8-32
Length
13.5”
Diameter
6.4”
Weight
8.5 lb
Hood
ET-155 (WII)
Minimum Focusing Distance
8.8 feet
Maximum Magnification
0.15x
Angle of view: (full frame)
6 degrees
Zoom method
NA
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
Groups/Elements
12/16
Low Dispersion Elements
2
Fluorite Elements
1
Aspherical Elements
0
Weather Resistant
Yes
System
Canon EF
Compatibility
Crop, Full frame
Autofocus
Yes
  • Lens w/ tripod foot and rear cap
  • Hood w/ front cover
  • Strap
  • Soft lens case

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Diagrams

  • Canon 400mm f/2.8L IS II Diagram

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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
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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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