Archive for: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
Dan Carr has created quite an extensive ebook review of the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The ebook is free to download and looks great on your Microsoft, Android or Apple tablet.
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Super telephoto patent
A new Canon patent showing other lens formulas using a built-in 1.4x teleconverter. Two of the primary lenses are an EF 300-600 f/5.6L IS 1.4x and a 600 f/4L IS with a built in TC.
The same patent also shows the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC. Perhaps Canon sees value in this setup for longer lenses? Here’s hoping so.
- Focal length f = 585.10mm
- Fno. 4.12
- Half angle ω = 2.12 °
- Image height Y = 21.64mm
- The overall length of the lens 467.32mm
- BF 83.15mm
- Teleconference insertion
- Focal length f = 819.00mm
- Fno. 5.77
- Half angle ω = 1.51 °
- Zoom ratio 1.90
- Focal length f = 307.50 – 585.00mm
- Fno. 5.88
- Half angle ω = 4.02 – 2.12 °
- Image height Y = 21.64mm
- The overall length of the lens 405.00mm
- BF 75.70mm
- Teleconference insertion
- Focal length f = 427.00 – 812.33mm
- Fno. 8.17
- Half angle ω = 2.90 – 1.53 °
From our own Justin Van Leeuwen
Our reviewer Justin spent some time with the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x and did a review that didn’t include birds or bears. One of the shots was a unique model shoot using the lens as well as the PocketWizard Plus IIIs so he could trigger his light from 1600 feet away!
Says Justin about the PocketWizard Plus IIIs
“What impresses me though, is that those PocketWizard’s made it from transmitter on the camera to receiver 1600 ft away, over a moving river, up to a cliff, and set off my Elinchrom Quadra pack reliably and consistently. Wow. I highly recommend these if you ever need to shoot between provinces or states.”
Read the story at the PocketWizard blog | PocketWizard III at B&H Photo
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Our review of the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
Justin took the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x out for a whirl. We wanted to do a review of the lens shooting something other than wildlife and sports, which is obviously the target shooter for this lens.
I have yet to personally use the lens in any serious manner, I won’t be doing that until April when I travel to Namibia and South Africa.
“If you were to buy Canon’s 600mm f/4 L and the 400mm f/4 L, you’d be getting pretty close to $20,000 worth of glass. If you were to buy several of the faster primes, that number would double. If the versatility of a zoom is what you need and f/4 doesn’t bother you (and for many of us, it really doesn’t), then the Canon 200-400 f/4 L IS USM Extender 1.4x is, in itself, a bargain. Quality build and optics and the unique advantage of a built-in 1.4 extender will help keep photographers working with a single lens, yielding them more shots, more keepers, and better work.”
Read the full review | Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x at B&H Photo
EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4 availability
B&H Photo is now showing stock on the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x.
Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x at B&H Photo
Amazon is showing stock via a third party.
Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x at Amazon
Stock coming to Canada
We’ve received word that retailers in Canada are receiving new stock of the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x. It seems the lens has been back-ordered for months. I expect US retailers will be receiving new stock shortly.
If you’re looking for one, send me an email and I’ll let you know when they become available at the US retailers. I usually get told as soon as they receive stock.
EISA 2013-2014 Photo Awards
The EISA awards for 2013-2014 have been announced and Canon won some awards.
EUROPEAN PROFESSIONAL LENS 2013-2014
Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
EUROPEAN SLR CAMERA 2013-2014
Canon EOS 100D/SL1
EUROPEAN ADVANCED SLR CAMERA 2013-2014
Canon EOS 6D
As someone mentioned in our forums, it appears that “everyone is a winner”….. well, except for Hasselblad.
See all the winners here
The long awaited replacement….
We’re told production for the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be “coming to an end soon”. Production for the replacement will begin sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.
Canon’s lens production has had its share of issues in the last few years with the new super-telephotos and to some extent the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. We’re told until the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x production reaches demand, Canon will not be producing the replacement to the long-in-the-tooth EF 100-400. All issues are apparently going to be resolved sometime this fall.
An announcement and release may depend on how fast Canon can sell off existing stock of the 100-400.
From The Digital Picture
Bryan has completed his full review of the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x (we’re still working on ours). As expected, the review is a glowing one as this lens performs unbelievably well for a zoom.
“If the f/4 max aperture is not an issue for you, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens, by virtue of its focal length range, can replace several other lenses in your kit. It will deliver stunning image quality and should stand up to professional use. I’m still integrating this lens into my kit, but … I have been using it for almost everything I shoot since it arrived. I expected awesomeness and the 200-400 L delivered it.”
Read the full review
Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x $11,799 USD
Roger over at LensRentals.com has taken some time to test a variety of Canon 400mm lenses, including the new EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x.
Roger’s initial take…
“I can’t say whether it’s worth the price or not, but I can certainly say it’s the sharpest zoom lens I’ve ever seen, with image quality rivaling the most expensive primes.”
He did note however, that the 200-400 is a bit shorter at the long end than the EF 400 f/2.8L IS II. They’ve come to the initial conclusion that it’s about 95% of the 400 2.8 primes focal length.
IMATEST Results for Canon 400mm Lenses
Read the post at LensRentals.com
Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x $11,799