Deal: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4X – $8799 (reg. $10999, refurbished)

Canon EF 200-400mm

At a glance:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 200-400mm 1:4 with extender off, 280-560mm 1:5.6 with extender on
  • Lens Construction: 25 elements in 20 groups (incl 1 rear filter) with extender off, 33 elements in 24 groups (incl 1 rear filter) with extender on
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 12°-6°10′ with extender off, 8°50′-4°25′ with extender on
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 6.6 ft. / 2m
  • Filter Size: 52mm drop-in
  • Max Diameter x Length, Weight: 5.0 x 14.4 in/128mm x 366mm, 127.7 oz/3620g

The Canon Direct Store has refurbished Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4X lenses on sae at $8,799.20. Compare at $10,999. Free shipping.

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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x lens firmware update released (ver. 1.1.0)

Canon EF 200-400mm F/4L

Canon released firmware ver. 1.1.0 for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 is incorporated with the following correction.

Corrects a phenomenon in which the subject may not be in focus on some occasions when using this lens with some camera models (*) and performing AF shooting from approximately 3m.

* Some camera models: EOS-1D X, Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III

Download firmware 1.1.0 for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x.

This is how a $11,000 Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS 1.4x lens looks after being disassembled

EF 200-400mm F4L IS

Have you ever wondered what’s inside those big, white and expensive Canon “L” super-zoom lenses? Well, then I may have the video for you.

Canon Imaging Plaza posted a “deep inside” video where you can watch the EF 200-400mm f4 L IS 1.4x lens getting torn apart, and all the pieces arranged neatly one beside the other. Impressive.

Made up of hundreds of precise mechanical and optical parts, the EF 200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is a super telephoto lens that opened up new possibilities for professionals on the front line of sports, nature and news photography. Canon unveils the precise inner construction of this L lens that has not been visualized before. This video was filmed using stop motion animation method.

The highly regarded Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS 1.4x is yours for $11,000:
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Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS 1.4x at a glance:

  • High performance L-series super-telephoto zoom with built-in 1.4x extender (280-560mm, f/5.6) makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography
  • One fluorite and four UD lens elements provide excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, delivering high-quality images with high resolution and contrast
  • Inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction.
  • Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide excellent results for a wide range of shooting situations

Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS 1.4x

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Canon Patent for 200-400mm Teleconverter Lens

Canon Patent

Source: Egami (translated).

Canon filed a patent for a 200-400mm lens with built-in teleconverter and image stabilisation.

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-238827
    • Publication date 2013.11.28
    • Filing date 2012.5.17
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 1.90
    • Focal length f = 205.00 – 389.99mm
    • Fno. 4.12
    • Half angle ω = 6.02 – 3.18 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 389.84mm
    • BF 68.49mm
    • Teleconference insertion
      • Focal length f = 287.00 – 545.98mm
      • Fno. 5.77
      • Half angle ω = 4.31 – 2.27 °
  • Example 2
    • Focal length f = 585.10mm
    • Fno. 4.12
    • Half angle ω = 2.12 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 467.32mm
    • BF 83.15mm
    • Teleconference insertion
      • Focal length f = 819.00mm
      • Fno. 5.77
      • Half angle ω = 1.51 °
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 1.90
    • Focal length f = 307.50 – 585.00mm
    • Fno. 5.88
    • Half angle ω = 4.02 – 2.12 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 405.00mm
    • BF 75.70mm
    • Teleconference insertion
      • Focal length f = 427.00 – 812.33mm
      • Fno. 8.17
      • Half angle ω = 2.90 – 1.53 °
  • Canon patents
    • Teleconverter BF is the same in insertion and after insertion before
    • Vibration control
    • Teleconference to be inserted into the appropriate location, teleconverter can be miniaturised

Canon Patent

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

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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Technical Report Published

Canon EF 200-400mm

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The Canon Camera Museum published the technical report of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x extender lens (Amazon | Adorama | B&H). About the development aims Canon writes:

We revamped four lenses in our EF super-telephoto lens series — the 300mm and 400mm in August 2011 and the 500mm and 600mm in May 2012 — to satisfy professionals and high-end amateurs. This product was developed with the aim of going one step beyond these lenses.

This lens is a super-telephoto lens with a built-in extender that has been newly designed so that one lens can cover a wide variety of shooting conditions and scenes. The extender switch lever lets users quickly switch the focal length range between 200-400mm and 280-560mm in one operation.

The lens carries a combination of fluorite and UD lens elements to deliver the image quality demanded of the super-telephoto lens series while also covering a focal length range of 200mm to 560mm with just one lens.

This high-power zoom lens is further equipped with superb operability alongside image stabilization functionality, reliable water and dust protection, and excellent durability.

The design carries forward the super-telephoto lens series’ design concept and sensibility suitable for a flagship model while aiming for a high-grade feel and presence. The lens silhouette, which tapers from the front toward the mount, expresses the beauty of converging light. Each part has been expressly designed so that photographers can give their full attention to the shot.

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