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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Mark II review (DPReview Gold Award)

Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS Mark II Review (DPReview Gold Award)

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS Mark II (Amazon USA, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, Canon USA) at a glance:

  • 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

DPReview posted their review of the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens, and it is a very enthusiastic review. DPReview’s pros list:

  • New optical design delivers high performance

  • Sharp at all focal lengths, at all apertures, and across the frame

  • Sharper than MkI version, and sharpest in class

  • Excellent image stabilization

  • Very close focusing, 0.31x magnification at 400mm, beats all rivals

  • Fast, positive and accurate AF

  • Top-grade weather-resistant build

  • Easy handling for focal length range, now with twist-ring zoom

The most significant statement, possibly, is the following: “[…] it’s hard to see how [the EF 100-400mm] might be further improved in any meaningful way […]“. Well done Canon!


[via DPReview]


  • peevee

    Canon lenses are either top-notch or very reasonably priced. Too bad they don’t make lenses for other systems, that is what they do best.

    • pilsden

      I have an olympus em1 as a second /walkabout and the metabones speed booster for ef to micro four thirds works pretty well the af is slower but accurate -sometimes it seems both IS systems work and you gain a stop (albeit the crop reduces) . It opened up a whole new world for me and stopped the need to buy the 300mm oly lens

      • peevee

        Really, you use both stabilization systems at once? It is not recommended unless you have Sync IS lens and firmware in the body supporting it.
        What specific lens with speedbooster replaces 300/4? 500/5.6?

    • Keith Reeder

      “that is what they do best”

      Along with making superb cameras…

      • peevee

        Well, we disagree on that.

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