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Studio Tests (APS-C)

We'd expect the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x to be most widely used on Canon's EOS-1D series full frame and APS-H bodies, but we can also see users pairing it up with high end APS-C cameras such as the EOS 7D for extra reach. The test results on APS-C without the Extender in place are very impressive indeed - there's simply nothing to criticise at all.

Sharpness Sharpness results are exceptional - the 200-400mm gives superb results right across the frame at all focal lengths even when shot wide open. In principle the very best results are obtained at F5.6, but image quality stays very high on stopping down to F11. Not surprisingly though, things get very soft due to diffraction when the lens is stopped down to F32 on APS-C.
Chromatic Aberration Lateral chromatic aberration is very low. There's a little green/magenta fringing towards the edge of the frame at each end of the zoom, but you'll have to look very closely to see it.
Vignetting Vignetting is negligible, as usual for a full-frame lens used on APS-C.
Distortion Distortion is essentially nonexistent on APS-C.
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Total comments: 12
Vmo9
By Vmo9 (2 months ago)

This lens is over-the-top in performance, quality and deliverability! You get what you pay for in this fine lens. If you can't afford one, I highly recommend renting it. When shooting Equestrian, Football, Lacrosse or Soccer (my main focus), you are not confined by the Prime Lens focal length. The f-stop is sufficient for low light, end of day shooting. When shooting Equestrian events, this lens shines and gives the photographer the ability to quickly change focal lengths and capture the action from 200mm to 560mm! This lens has given new life into what I've never been able to accomplish and when comparing to other pros, I've noticed they too are considering (or already have) purchasing or renting one. The 400mm f2.8 is used much less and only for particular reasons. I use a mono pod but have also shot hand held and still captured incredible shots with no signs of camera shake (using a 5D Mark III or 1 DX)!
Without a doubt, this lens is my favorite for shooting sports, wildlife, etc.

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Outback Aus
By Outback Aus (1 week ago)

How does the lens compare to a prime lens say either the 300 or the 600 for sharpness. Some people are saying the pictures are a bit soft. I also use a 70 - 200 2.8 lens. I am getting mixed feed back. It is a lot of money to shell out and not get a sharp image. Thanks

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manolo romero
By manolo romero (4 months ago)

I just recently bought the lens and I'm very happy with the quality.
Its lighter than 400 2.8 sharpness is excellent. The ability to track subjects from a distance as you zoom are superb. That missing range from 200 to 400
is wonderful to have at a twist of a barrel. I can olny think of the shots Ive missed grabbing my 70-200. The ability to frame shots alone are worth a bundle. I let some fellow phtographers try the lens out while shooting a college Lacrosse match and they were equally pleased. The 1.4 ext. also gives you that range that would take an addition lens to cover, especially when shooting with a 1D IV. This lens has become my favorite sports lens in my arsenal.

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Dr Bhaskar Maitra
By Dr Bhaskar Maitra (6 months ago)

Very expensive. Out of bounds for 99% of photographers. Canon should reduce its price to realistic levels for increased sales. Only then, it can make a good profit margin. Very poor value for money.
Waiting for a head-on comparison with others....

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oysso
By oysso (3 months ago)

Reduce price? It is a very specialized and costly to develop lens. For the right people this lens is much value for the money. But you have to earn money from your shooting or have loads of money to buy this one.

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MarshallG
By MarshallG (9 months ago)

I would love to see Canon do this with their 200mm f/2.8 L lens -- a compact, sharp lens that 200mm f/2.8 or 400mm f/5.6. That would be fantastic.

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oysso
By oysso (3 months ago)

there is a 100-400 4.5-5.6 for the masses already. That would suit most people on a budget. and you have the 70-200 2.8 which you can turn into a 140-400 5.6 with a 2x teleconverter.

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dbltapp00
By dbltapp00 (4 weeks ago)

I use the 70-200 f2.8 IS II with a 2X a lot. Only a stop slower, for sports that's not a problem. Which is why they have that built-in 1.4X, without which that lens would have been a dud.

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Scorpius1
By Scorpius1 (10 months ago)

Amazing lens,all we need now from canon is a top knotch sensor,and maybe they can knock a few hundred grams from the weight of the 1DX successor while they at it..

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Maciejewski
By Maciejewski (11 months ago)

Wonder if they need testers for this lens. I'm available!!!

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (11 months ago)

Lens weighs 8 pounds or close to 4 kilos according to the specs. R U sure you're in shape for it? Maybe it will come with its on 2-wheel dolly?

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Scorpius1
By Scorpius1 (10 months ago)

This is pretty light compared to the 400mm 2,8 mk1...

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Total comments: 12