Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II Review (Imaging Resource)

Canon EF 400mm f/4L IS DO II

SLRGear posted their review of Canon’s new 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens, announced last September for Photokina.

Some excerpts from the review:

  • On a full-frame body, the Canon 400mm DO II is sharp, though not as tack sharp as the 400mm ƒ/2.8 II
  • As one would hope from a nearly-$7000 lens, chromatic aberration is very minimal. On both full- and sub-frame cameras, CA was very low
  • […] vignetting on this telephoto lens is very, very low.
  • […] geometric distortion on the Canon 400mm DO II is practically nonexistent
  • […] this large lens is, as they say, “built like a tank”. The build quality is simply impressive […]

From the conclusion:

The Canon EF 400mm ƒ/4 DO IS II USM is a fantastic, professional-level supertelephoto lens. As a significant upgrade optically compared to the original version, the 400mm DO II is an even more attractive option over the heavy, expensive 400mm ƒ/2.8L IS II. For professional and serious wildlife, sports and action photographers who don’t want or need a fast, low-light-friendly ƒ/2.8 supertelephoto prime, the 400mm DO II version offers healthy savings in both cost and weight. Image quality is very good, and the built-in I.S is extremely impressive

The review comes with charts and sample pics.

The Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens is not a budget lens. It sells for around $7000 (B&H Photo | Adorama).


  • EF Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Gapless Dual-Layer Diffractive Optics
  • Large Diameter Aspherical Element
  • Ultra Low Dispersion Element
  • Protective Fluorine Coatings
  • Ultrasonic AF Motor and Internal Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
  • Power Focus Mode; Full-Time MF Override
  • Dust- and Water-Resistant Construction
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
[via SLRGear ]

Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay


Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Review (an excellent performer, Photography Blog)

Photography Blog posted their review about Canon’s new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, the long-awaited replacement for the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS. The lens gets a “Highly Recommended”.

In the conclusion:

Image quality is generally excellent. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, bokeh is impressive despite the slowish maximum apertures, and the Air Sphere coatings successfully prevent contrast loss attributable to flare. The only real optical issues are some corner shading especially at the 400mm focal length, and a lack of centre and edge sharpness when shooting wide-open at 300-400mm. Still, given the versatile focal range on offer, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is an excellent performer.

As usual Photography Blog’s review come with sample pics, sharpness tests etc.

The previous model, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, is currently selling for $1,499 after a $200 mail-in rebate (USA). The new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II is available for pre-order for $2,199 at B&H Photo and Adorama (Adorama with some accessories). Lens specs (taken from B&H’s product page):

  • EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • One Fluorite and One Super UD Element
  • Air Sphere and Fluorine Lens Coatings
  • Ring-Type USM AF Motor, Internal Focus
  • Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
  • Rotating Zoom Ring & Torque Adjustment
  • Weather-Sealed Design
  • Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II price checkAmazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay.

Killer Bundle Live Again: EOS 5D Mark III, PIXMA PRO-100, 16GB Card, Shoulder Bag, Extra Battery – $2,449 (after MIR, UPDATE)


A super EOS 5D Mark III bundle deal is live again by authorised Canon dealer B&H Photo: 5D Mark III, PIXMA Pro-100 photo printer, 50 sheets photo paper, 16GB card, shoulder bag, extra battery – all for $2,449 after $650 mail-in rebate ($300 for the camera, $350 for the printer, instructions). Free shipping. The bundle is currently back-ordered (you can still place the order and wait for delivery), and expires 1/31.

Update: Adorama has a similar bundle for the same price and in stock. All kits listed below come with Canon Pixma Pro-100 Printers, Canon SG-201 Photo Paper, A Slinger Camera Bag, A Lexar 64GB Memory Card and A Canon LP-E6 Battery, and  New Leaf PLUS – 1 Year Warranty (Including Drops & Spills):

  • Canon EOS-5D Mark III and accessories listed above – $2,449 (click here) – after $650 mail-in rebate, regular $3,099.
  • Canon EOS-5D Mark III with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and accessories listed above – $3,049 (click here)  – after $650 mail-in rebate, regular $3,699.
  • Canon EOS-5D Mark III with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS Lens and accessories listed above –$3,199 (click here) – after $650 mail-In rebate, regular $3,849.

How To Photograph Snow (CDLC)

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The Canon Digital Learning Center posted an article with tips and tricks about how to photograph snow.

The biggest challenge when photographing snow lies in your camera’s metering system.

No matter how sophisticated the metering in an SLR camera is, it’s engineered to assume it’s reading “normal” subjects, of an “average” brightness. Photograph a landscape in summertime, with green grass, dark green trees, blue sky and white clouds, and the different brightness levels in the scene often average each other out. Much of the time, the meter will get these scenes absolutely correctly exposed. In simplified terms, it does this by averaging bright and dark parts of a scene, so the final exposure renders the overall brightness almost a middle shade of gray.

Read the tutorial at CDLC –>