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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Review (the ultimate wildlife lens)

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x
Snow goose in flight, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA. Canon EOS 7D, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X@ 400mm (credits: Richard Bernabe, image used with permission)

Richard Bernabe, an internationally renowned landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer, published a review the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens, a professional “toy” that sells for ridiculous $12,000 (Amazon | Adorama | B&H). He used an EOS 7D and an EOS 5D Mark III for his shootings.

About the auto-focus he writes:

The 200-400mm f/4L offers lightening-quick, smooth, and incredibly accurate auto-focus capabilities for Canon EOS cameras. The lens focuses so fast and so effortlessly, that you literally cannot see it happening in the viewfinder

The lens is “pretty damned sharp – both with the extender and without” and “is impervious to almost any weather Mother Nature can throw at you“. From the conclusion:

Is the lens “worth” it? Who the hell knows? It will be worth it to some photographers and certainly not worth it to others. As a professional nature and wildlife photographer, it’s the lens I’ve waiting on for a long time. It’s the ultimate wildlife lens, period. But I already knew that two years ago before I ever got my hands on it. The only question was whether Canon delivered a clunker or hit a home run with the finished product. It appears to be the latter.
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EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x
Image credit: Canon
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