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.