Canon 200-400 f/4 reviewed by "Chasseur d'Images"

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Canon 200-400 f/4 reviewed by "Chasseur d'Images"
Jun 20, 2013

July issue, pages 106 to 109, field and lab test. CI tests for an A3 print size.

On the 5DIII, without internal converter (200-400):

- vigneting: from 0.7-1 stop at f/4 to near zero at f/11;

- CA: near zero at all focal lengths and apertures;

- distortion:same as CA;

- sharpness: about 92-93% from f/4 to f/11 and ending around 88% at f/22. The error bars, which indicate consistency, are barely detectable, and there's virtually no difference between the center and the corners of the image.

5DIII, with internal converter (280-560):

- vigneting: same as above but without the f/4 to f/5.6 interval, obviously;

- CA: slight increase, the fringes stay below 0.03mm from f/4 to f/16 and end around 0.05mm at f/32;

- distortion: around 0.4% pincushion at all focal lengths;

- sharpness: same as above, with the new f/32 aperture introduced by the converter hovering around 80% from 280 to 460 and dropping to 65% at 560 (f/32 aperture, remember). Again only at 560, the error bars become a little bigger but not by much.

They tested for sharpness at 560mm using an external 1.4x converter and found no significant difference for most apertures, f/32 being the exception: the external converter reaches a sharpness level of 80% as opposed to the 65% of the internal one.

Also tested the internal-1.4x external converter combo (800mm focal length), with a sharpness of around 87-88% at f/16 and a minimum of about 87% at f/32.

Next they tested the lens with an external 2x converter (800mm) and the results are as above with the 1.4x-1.4x combo.

Finally, they tested the internal 1.4x-external 2x combo (1120mm): sharpness drops to around 40-45% at f/11, around 60-70% at f/16, and tops out at 70% for f/22 and f/32.

They gave it a subjective rating of 5 stars and say that the only real fault they find with the lens is the price.

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