Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS

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Canon’s most flexible super zoom has very good sharpness, especially stopped down one stop from wide open. It’s reasonably light weight and Image Stabilization allow it to be handheld in decent lighting. The wide zoom range maximizes shooting opportunity without changing lenses. The Canon 100-400mm is a “telescoping” (a.k.a. push-pull) zoom which takes a little adjustment if you haven’t used one before.

NOTE: If you are planning on using this lens with a teleconverter, be aware that you will not have autofocus. You will still have manual focus, but again, it will not autofocus.

Roger Cicala

Roger's Take

Roger Cicala

President of LensRentals.com

This is a compromise lens. It’s not quite as sharp as the 300 and 400mm primes and has a telescoping zoom which some people don’t like. Personally, I appreciate this feature since it’s faster to zoom. The Canon 70-200 f/2.8L IS II is sharper than this lens from 100-200mm. Trip after trip, however, I pack up 2 or 3 “best possible” lenses only to unpack them and put a 100-400mm in my bag. This is because, although it’s a compromise, it’s a very good compromise. It’s nearly as sharp as the primes and far sharper than a consumer lens. The huge range means getting the shot framed just right and not having to change lenses, and it’s relatively small and easy to shoot hand-held.

March 2013

Filter Size
77mm (nonrotating front element)
f4.5-32, f5.6-40
3 lb (with tripod collar)
Minimum Focusing Distance
5.9 feet
Maximum Magnification
Angle of view: (full frame)
24 to 6 degrees
Zoom method
Push/Pull – barrel extend
Image Stabilization
2 stop, panning mode
Focusing System
Full time active, USM motor, nonrotating front element,
Aperture Blades
8, round
Max Aperture@focal length
f/4.5<120mm; f/5@120-260mm; f/5.6 >260mm
Low Dispersion Elements
Fluorite Elements
Aspherical Elements
Weather Resistant
Flare resistance
Severe ghosting, moderate loss of contrast
Canon EF
Crop, Full frame
  • Hood
  • Tripod Ring
  • Front & Rear Caps
  • Lens Case

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Rental Period Waiver Price Rental Price Total Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $6.00 $43.00 $49.00 $16.33
4 days $7.00 $47.00 $54.00 $13.50
7 days $9.00 $62.00 $71.00 $10.14
10 days $12.00 $84.00 $96.00 $9.60
14 days $16.00 $109.00 $125.00 $8.93
21 days $21.00 $146.00 $167.00 $7.95
30 days $27.00 $183.00 $210.00 $7.00
45 days $35.00 $239.00 $274.00 $6.09
60 days $41.00 $279.00 $320.00 $5.33
90 days $52.00 $360.00 $412.00 $4.58
Rental Period Rental Price Approximate Day Rate
3 days $43.00 $14.33
4 days $47.00 $11.75
7 days $62.00 $8.86
10 days $84.00 $8.40
14 days $109.00 $7.79
21 days $146.00 $6.95
30 days $183.00 $6.10
45 days $239.00 $5.31
60 days $279.00 $4.65
90 days $360.00 $4.00

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