Want to try out Canon’s new super-telephoto-zoom but can’t afford to pay the price of a small car (>$11.000)? You can rent the lens at Borrow Lenses (click here). Better to hurry up since you have to reserve the lens.
I featured a couple of reviews of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x:
- PetaPixel’s review
- More reviews and the Canon Digital Learning Center Article here
- A review by British photographer Andy Rouse
So, how does the lens perform? The copy I had was fantastic. I’m not an empirical tester—I just shot the lens daily at the London Olympics for 16 days on my EOS-1D X bodies, almost always wide open and usually under challenging lighting conditions. I think without the extender the sharpness is a match for any Canon prime telephoto and with the extender the performance is as good or better than any prime lens plus extender combination I have ever used. The auto-focus speed on the 1D X body is on a par with the latest Series II lenses. The image-stabilization allowed me to make a sharp photo of the Queen during the opening ceremonies at a shutter speed of 1/100 of a second at 560mm on a monopod.