Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Available For Rent At Borrow Lenses

 EF 200-400mm
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x

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:

Canon Explorer of Light Peter Read Miller had the opportunity to test the lens at the London Olympics 2012 (source: pixsylated). He says:

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.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x can be purchased/pre-ordered at Amazon | Adorama | B&H

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x Review (PetaPixel)

 EF 200-400mm f/4L

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x
Amazon | Adorama | B&H

Product description (from B&H’s product page)

  • High-Performance Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • Canon EF Mount
  • Aperture Range f/4-32
  • Built-in 1.4x Extender
  • Three-Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Ring USM Autofocus & Internal Focusing System
  • Power Focus Mode for Smooth Focus Shift
  • One Fluorite and Four UD Lens Elements
  • Fluorine Front & Rear Lens Coating
  • Highly Resistant to Dust and Water

PetaPixel reviewed Canon’s new super-telezoom monster that costs like a small car, the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x. Lots of sample images, also to test the built-in 1.4x extender. Some excerpts from the review:

  • The image quality of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L is, in a word, excellent. Even when shot wide-open at f/4 or f/5.6, the contrast and sharpness of the lens is very good.
  • Autofocus is very fast and decisive, even on the EOS 5D Mk IIIbody
  • “Sharpness” is the middle name of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L.
  • […] the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens is very sharp, very fast with autofocus and very versatile in terms of focal length.
  • Crisp, tack sharp and contrasty, the photos are what [you] would never have expected from a super telephoto zoom with an extender.
  • […] Canon priced the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens at exactly what it is worth.
Ef 200-400mm f/4L
Three stabilizer modes (image courtesy: PetaPIxel)
EF 200-400mm f/4L
The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x has “Power Focus”, good for videography (image courtesy: PetaPixel)
[via PetaPixel]

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Starts To Ship (and reviews and Canon DLC article)

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x

It appears that Adorama and B&H started shipping pre-orders of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The lens has a price tag of $11,799 – just like a small car. Nevertheless, I am sure this lens will sell well with professional photographers.

There are some good reviews about the 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x. Canon Explorer of Light Peter Read Miller had the opportunity to test the lens at the London Olympics 2012 (source: pixsylated). He says:

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.

French site Le Monde de la Photo posted a in-depth review (Google translated) of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x.

EF 200-400mm f/4L
Image courtesy: Le Monde de la Photo

B&H also posted their own review:

The lens is certainly aimed at those who need the ability to work quickly and deftly, and aside from the handling and speed afforded by it, the lens is also capable of producing imagery of the highest quality. The array of low-dispersion elements, fluorite and USD, coupled with the optimized optical structure and lens coatings resulted in imagery that left little to be desired. As with other L series lenses, the quality of imagery, overall performance, and design of the lens is suitable for any working situation, and the added benefit of this lens being able to produce such imagery with the convenience of both a zoom design and integrated 1.4x extender make it truly an effective tool that is ideally situated for sports, wildlife and nature photography.

Finally, for those who want to know the technical background of the lens, there is an article by Canon Digital Learning Center.

The lens should soon be available for rent at Borrow Lenses.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x: Amazon(click here) | Adorama (click here) | B&H (click here)

 

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Full Review

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x
Shot with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x – Image credit: Andy Rouse

British photographer Andy Rouse spent 6 months with Canon’s new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X lens. His extensive review is now online, and comes with plenty of sample images. All aspects of this lens are examined.

About image quality:

In my experience, and I frankly cannot be arsed to do a pointless side by side comparison, the 200-400 produces images that are perfectly good enough for publication. I have published many images with it already, from high class A3 calendars to an advertising campaign ( all with the EXIF removed by the way ), and not once has the quality been questioned.

Final words:

The Canon 200-400mm lens is the first in a generation, ground breaking, and how often have we been able to say that in the past few years. Who knows whether we will get IN-BUILT teleconverters in other Canon lenses, I am sorry but I am not party to that information! Its my view that the new Canon 200-400mm is just great, thats all I can say. In fact you know what, we should start calling it the 200-560mm lens because that is really what it is. Using the teleconverter is so seamless now that I dont even think about it, in fact most of the time I have it engaged and am using a 280mm – 560mm lens, perfect for wildlife, sports and aviation photography. Thats if you have a full-frame sensor of course, if you have a cropped sensor then you are effectively using a 300-840mm lens

Pre-orders for this $11,799 lens are possible at Amazon(click here) and Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here). There is also a hard lens case for the EF 200-400mm, sold for $799.95 at Adorama (click here) and for $649 at B&H (click here). To see the specification sheet click here. The lens is expected to ship May 30.

EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x

Here It Is: Canon’s EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x Officially Announced (Hands-On Review, Pre-Order Links)

EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x

Finally, it is here! The long awaited EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens has been announced by Canon.

Pre-orders for this $11,799 lens are possible at Amazon(click here) and Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here). There is also a hard lens case for the EF 200-400mm, sold for $799.95 at Adorama (click here) and for $649 at B&H (click here). To see the specification sheet click here. The lens is expected to ship May 30. A hands-on review can be found on B&H’s site.

  • Professional 200-400mm f/4 zoom lens
  • Built-in 1.4x extender
  • Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Weather-sealed, magnesium-alloy construction
  • Fast USM autofocus with Power Focus for EOS Movies
  • Instinctive focus controls for enhanced handling
EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x
EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x case

A sample image, more samples can be seen here

EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x
EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x sample image

Canon UK press release (Canon USA press release is here):

Introducing the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x – improved performance and versatility for professional sports and wildlife photographers

London, UK, 14 May 2013 – Canon today adds a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses, with the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x to Canon’s acclaimed L-series. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features a flexible 200-400mm focal range with a fixed f/4 aperture, 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer and for the first time in a commercially available lens, a built-in 1.4x extender. These features combine to provide an outstandingly versatile lens for professional sports or wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings also make it ideal for mobile use, combining with the finest quality optics to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions.
 EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x
Get closer to the action with superior image quality
The reach of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is boosted by its internal 1.4x extender, which is engaged or disengaged at the flick of a lever to provide an extended focal length of 280mm to 560mm – allowing photographers to get even closer to distant action. Ensuring the highest image performance, the optical design includes both fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements, which help minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Advanced anti-reflection SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Super Spectra Coating also reduce ghosting and flare. Thanks to the use of the latest optical technologies, image performance is unaffected when the integrated extender is used.With a fixed f/4¹ aperture the use of high shutter speeds to capture fast-paced action or a low-light scene is possible. A newly designed optical Image Stabilizer, which provides users with a four stop advantage, while IS ‘Mode 3’ applies image stabilisation only at the time of exposure – ensuring that photographers can pan with fast-paced action without IS overcompensating for movement. This feature is ideal for sports photographers, who typically have only a split-second to capture a subject in front of them.Powerful, flexible focusing
The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features Canon’s pioneering ring-type Ultrasonic Motor providing fast, silent autofocusing. For those who prefer to fine-tune focus themselves, full-time manual override allows photographers to manually focus at any moment when using AF. The Power Focus (PF) mode also increases versatility during movie shooting with the EOS-1D C or EOS-1D X, enabling photographers to achieve an accurate pull-focus effect at one of two speeds, simply by twisting the focus recall ring and stopping at a pre-set distance.High-performance design for professional demands
Designed to answer professional demands for superior image quality and versatile zoom range, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x a boasts a premium-quality design befitting Canon’s industry-renowned L-series lenses.The tough magnesium alloy chassis ensures that, despite the inclusion of the 1.4x extender, the lens is a similar weight to lenses of comparable focal length. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens elements also reduce the ability of dirt to cling to the lens surface, while a dust and water-resistant construction allows photographers to shoot in challenging weather conditions. The combination of outstanding optical performance, versatility, weight and tough construction will make it an essential part of any professional sports or wildlife photographer’s kitbag.EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x key features:

  • Built-in 1.4x extender, for extra magnification when you need it
  • Shoot in low light with four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • High image quality using Fluorite lens elements
  • Fast AF with USM technology
  • Robust design for use in the toughest environments

 

OPTICAL FEATURES/SPECIFICATIONS

Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 10° – 5°10′, 7° – 3°30′, 12° – 6°10′
with extender 7° 20′- 3°40′, 4° 55′- 2°25′, 8° 50′ – 4°25′
Lens construction (elements/groups) 25/20 (33/24 with extender)
No. of diaphragm blades 9
Minimum aperture 32(45 with extender)¹
Closest focussing distance (m) 2
Maximum magnification (x) 0.15 (0.21 with extender)
Distance Information Provided
Image stabilizer 4-stops
AF actuator Ring USM²

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dust/moisture resistance* Yes
Filter diameter (mm) 52 drop in
Max. diameter x length (mm) 128×366
Weight (g) 3620

ACCESSORIES

Lens Cap E-145C
Lens hood ET-120 (WII)
Lens case/pouch 200-400
Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF12 II 0.20-0.03 (0.36- 0.02 with extender)
Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF25 II 0.26-0.07 (0.52- 0.05 with extender)
Extender Compatiblity Compatible
Other Accessories Lens wide strap B

SPECIFICATIONS WITH EF 1.4X III

Focal Length 280-560 (392-784 with built in extender)
Maximum Aperture 5.6-45¹ (8-64 with built in extender)
Maximum Magnification 0.21
AF Possible Yes²
IS Yes³

SPECIFICATIONS WITH EF 2X III

Focal Length 400-800 (560 -1120 with built in extender)
Maximum Aperture 8-64 (11 -91 with built in extender)
Maximum Magnification 0.31
AF Possible Yes² (No with built in extender)
IS Yes³