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

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x
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Initial Price: 
$14000
  • Built in EXTENDER 1.4x
  • Up to 4 stops Image Stabilizer
  • 9 Aperture blades circular opening 
  • Dust- and water-resistant construction
  • Metal mount
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x extender activation leaver close up
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x extender activation leaver close up

Overview

Description by Canon:

A professional telephoto zoom suited to photojournalism, wildlife and sports photography

  • 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

Extendable super-telephoto performance
A professional-grade 200-400mm zoom with a constant f/4 maximum aperture. A built-in extender increases focal length by a factor of 1.4x to 280-560mm.

Maximum sharpness whatever the conditions
Image Stabilizer (IS) technology enables the use of shutter speeds up to four stops longer than normal without camera shake. Three IS modes are available, providing effective performance whilst panning and instant stabilisation only during the moment of exposure.

Durable, lightweight construction
The use of magnesium alloy adds strength and durability, but not weight. The lens is sealed against dust and moisture and the use of fluoride coatings ensures lens elements are easy to clean.

Quick, intelligent focusing
Enjoy fast, near-silent autofocus thanks to a ring-type ultrasonic AF motor. Stay in control with full-time manual focus override, and focus-stop and focus-preset controls on the lens barrel. Power Focus is also available for EOS Movies.

 

Reviews

Canon's latest professional telephoto zoom lens features a built-in switchable 1.4x teleconverter, up to 4 stops image stabilizer with IS 'mode 3' that only applies stabilization at the point of exposure, aiding panning, Power Zoom for movie shooting and weather sealing construction. it will be available on May at at an RRP of €14,000

press release:

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

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 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.

Post date: 14/05/2013 - 22:19

This is the second Canon lens to employ a built-in converter, after the FD 1200mm f5.6 that debuted way back at the Los Angeles Olympics. I wonder why Nikon did not resort to such a solution for its new 800mm f/5.6 lens, since the size of the dedicated 1.25x converter is truly diminutive in comparison to the lens body anyway. Back to the Canon 200-400mm, that has got to be one of the most expected pro lenses from Canon in ages, Joshua finds it to be very sharp wide open, 'at least as sharp as the EF 300mm f2.8 L IS lens, or even the EF 400mm f2.8 L IS lens.

The lens is a pre-production model, and it is mounted on a 1DX body, but at these huge lens sizes its rather the other way around. Kudos to Canon if that will be proven in a more controlled testing environment. Furthermore, we get to see the 1.4x converter in action, and Joshua finishes the review by assuring us that a 2.0x tele converter CAN be used with this lens, with only a minimal sacrifice in image quality, producing a 1120mm f8.0 max tele range! 

Post date: 03/02/2013 - 12:42

Specifications

Initial Price: 
$14000
Release Date: 
05/2013
Specifications
Lens type: 
Zoom
Lens Mount: 
Canon EF mount
Canon EFS mount
AF Motor type: 
USM (Mechanical full-time manual focusing built-in.)
Optical characteristics
Focal Length: 
200 - 400mm
Internal zooming: 
Yes
Angle of view: 
12° - 6.1°
Zoom Ratio: 
2.0x
Max Magnification: 
0.2x
Max Magnification: 
0.21 with extender
Lens construction: 
25 elements in 20 groups (33/24 with extender)
Diaphragm Blades: 
9 aperture blades circular opening
Maximum Aperture: 
f/4.0
Minimum Aperture: 
f/32.0
Aperture ring: 
No
Internal Focusing: 
Yes
Front lens element rotating: 
No
Minimum Focusing Distance: 
2.00m
Distance Scale: 
Yes
Full-Time manual focus: 
Yes
Auto Focus / Manual Focus switch: 
Yes
Stabilization system : 
Yes
Stabilization system details: 
Up to 4 stops Image Stabilizer (IS) technology
Physical characteristics
Diameter: 
128.0mm
Length: 
366.0mm
Weight: 
3,620.0 g
Body material: 
Metal
Weather sealing: 
Yes
Weather sealing details: 
Dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.
Filter Diameter: 
52mm drop in
Lens Hood included: 
Yes

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