Canon 400mm f/4L DO IS

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The 400mm f/4L DO IS is a supertelephoto lens with diffraction optics that reduces its size and weight considerably compared to other lenses of this reach and aperture. It’s the same size as, but a little lighter than, the Canon 300mm f/2.8 IS. The size and Image Stabilization system allow it to be effectively handheld (at least for a while). This superbly sharp lens remains quite sharp with a 1.4x teleconverter, resulting in a nice 560mm f/5.6 lens.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

We dropped this lens for a while because we weren’t seeing much demand, but I’m glad its back. I used it all the time when we had one. Those who shoot RAW and do a little postprocessing (I’m one) are very happy with this lens. Those who shoot JPEG and want to print straight out of the camera are less so. The images are sometimes of lower contrast than the other top telephoto lenses. It’s easy to boost contrast in a RAW image but not so easy with a JPEG.

The bottom line: this is 400mm that can be handheld and give extremely good pictures. It’s actually easier to handhold than the 300mm f/2.8. As said above, it does well with a 1.4x teleconverter, giving you a 560mm f/5.6 Image Stabilized lens, and that’s a pretty big deal.
March, 2013

Filter Size
4.3 lb
Minimum Focusing Distance
11.5 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
Flare resistance
Mild ghosting, marked contrast loss
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame
  • Lens
  • Hood
  • Tripod Ring
  • Soft lens cover
  • Padded case or hard case

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 $25.00 $167.00 $192.00 $64.00
4 days $27.00 $179.00 $206.00 $51.50
7 days $36.00 $239.00 $275.00 $39.29
10 days $49.00 $323.00 $372.00 $37.20
14 days $63.00 $418.00 $481.00 $34.36
21 days $85.00 $562.00 $647.00 $30.81
30 days $106.00 $705.00 $811.00 $27.03
45 days $139.00 $920.00 $1059.00 $23.53
60 days $162.00 $1076.00 $1238.00 $20.63
90 days $209.00 $1386.00 $1595.00 $17.72
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $167.00 $55.67
4 days $179.00 $44.75
7 days $239.00 $34.14
10 days $323.00 $32.30
14 days $418.00 $29.86
21 days $562.00 $26.76
30 days $705.00 $23.50
45 days $920.00 $20.44
60 days $1076.00 $17.93
90 days $1386.00 $15.40

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