Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens

L Series telephoto zoom lens with built-in 1.4X extender for Canon EOS SLR cameras

  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens


  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens

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by Woody Sherman

You slowly rack focus down the line of hurdles at the international track meet. There — alongside the fourth hurdle — is the perfect spot to preset your focus and exposure. You'll be capturing the world's next major track phenomenon just as she extends and hits her full stride. Thanks to this remarkable Canon L-Series 200-400mm f/4 telephoto zoom with built-in 1.4X extender, you'll be able to fill the frame with nothing but her face — or compose it so you see her whole body gathering itself to break a record. Being that it's a long-range zoom lens with a constant aperture through the entire range, you'll have options.

It's a Canon L Series lens, so you know that the optics are among the best they make. One fluorite element combines with four ultra-low dispersion glass elements, among others, to bring home images that are tack-sharp and free of any color distortions from end to end. Three modes of image stabilization allow you up to four stops worth of slower shutter speeds, so you can bring home great shots even in challenging light. To top it off, the 9-bladed circular aperture throws background elements in a gorgeous buttery-smooth blur when the aperture is wide-open.

And if you're finding moments to capture on the fly, this lens has the tools to make your work better in those conditions as well. A fast, ultra-quiet autofocus system utilizes its internal high-speed CPU and optimized algorithms to find subjects and lock them in — almost before you can frame them up.


  • EF 200-400mm f/4 USM telephoto zoom lens
  • compatible with Canon EOS film and digital SLR cameras
  • effective focal length:
    • 200-400mm with full-frame digital or film cameras
    • 320-640mm with APS-C sensor cameras
  • Canon pro-quality L Series lens for superior image sharpness and durability
  • three-mode Image Stabilization allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four stops slower shutter speed)
  • one fluorite and four UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) glass elements for outstanding contrast and clarity
  • ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) with optimized autofocus algorithms for fast, silent autofocus
  • minimum aperture: f/32
  • minimum focus distance: 6.6 feet
  • at 1X: constructed of 25 elements in 20 groups (including rear filter)
  • at 1.4X: constructed of 33 elements in 24 groups (including rear filter)
  • filter size: 52mm drop-in
  • lens is 14-7/16" long, 5" in diameter
  • weight: 7.98 pounds
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood, lens caps, tripod mounting ring, wide carrying strap, and hard carrying case
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EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Written By Dave, Calabasas, Ca on Friday, August 30, 2013
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Great lens; Clear photos; Great range and features
1.4 Extender
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