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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens

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Lens to take in all the action

One of Canon’s most impressive sports photography lenses, the 400mm f/2.8 EF-mount L-series super telephoto lens will truly set your work apart from the crowd. The wide f/2.8 aperture will bring subject separation from the background. A fantastic lens designed with the highest quality to take in the action, it’s perfect for sports or wildlife photography.

Steady shooting

The four-stop optical image stabilisation technology enables steady shooting even when taking handheld shots at a distance. Blur and camera shake is eliminated, even when shooting in low light conditions at slower shutter speeds. Automatic panning detection enables steady tracking when following fast-moving moving subjects, whether it's a player at a sporting event or a darting animal in the wild. Using the three image stabilisation modes, you can enjoy steady control over each shot, whether it’s a still, pan or action-tracking shot.

Accurate and near-silent autofocus

Equipped with ultrasonic motors (USM) and an internal focusing system, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L lens achieves ultra quick and accurate autofocus with near silence in both stills and video. A full-time manual focus override enables focus fine tuning via the focus ring without exiting AF mode.

Quick, smooth focus change

Create smooth focus change in Power Focus mode when shooting in video to create professional effects. You can also preset focal point modes and come back to them later as needed. It’s easy to set the focal distance on the lens barrel with a switch on the side, which reduces autofocus time. The AF stop button allows you to stop autofocus in an instant if you want to catch a moment.

Lightweight and robust L-series design

The 16 lens elements in 12 groups is constructed with a robust and durable outer lens casing gives this Canon lens durability and hardiness. The magnesium alloy and titanium build makes this lens lightweight while still tough. Canon’s signature SWC coating on the lens glass produces clean high-contrast images, eliminating glare and ghosting.

Dust and moisture resistant

Canon’s weatherproof construction keeps dust and water out to take on any conditions. Take this lens out with you into the elements, whether it's out travelling in different environments or in weathered conditions at home. If it gets dirty, the fluorine coating on the front and rear lens surfaces makes it easy to clean and keep dust off.

Create soft bokeh effects

The wide f/2.8 aperture guarantees outstanding low light performance. This enables you to create beautiful soft bokeh that separates your subject from an out-of-focus background. You’ll be able to create professional images like this, even when you’re capturing subjects at a distance.

Professional extras

While most lenses don’t come with added extras, the Canon 400mm 2.8 lens comes complete with detachable lens hood to keep the glare out. It also comes with a detachable rotatable tripod collar and drop-in gelatin filter holder. You’ll need to transport your lens in something, so it’s great that the lens comes with a hard travel case to keep it protected.

More Information
Brands Canon
Format Full Frame
Lens Mount Canon EF
Focal Length 400 mm
Aperture Maximum:f/2.8
Diaphragm Blades 9
Angle of View Diagonal : 6° 10'
Horizontal :
Vertical :
Min. Focus Distance 270 cm
Magnification 0.17x
Max. Reproduction Ratio 1:5.8
Filter Thread Rear, 52 mm
Lens Hood No
Tripod Collar Yes, Removable, Rotating
Stabilisation Yes, Optical IS
Colour White
Lens Type Telephoto Lenses
Speciality Auto Focus, Image stabilisation, Weather Resistant
Genre/Use Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Action
Physical Dimensions 16.3 cm x 34.3 cm
Shipping Weight 3.0000
GTIN/UPC Code 4960999664859

How can I create subject and background separation at a distance?

To achieve this you need some serious gear and that’s exactly what the Canon 400mm f/2.8 is. A wide aperture will allow you to get a soft background even if your subject is far away.

Sometimes the 400mm doesn’t quite make the distance I need. How can I achieve a longer distance with this lens?

In those rare instances when you need to fill the frame and the 400mm is just slightly short, just attach the Canon 1.4x Extender which will extend the lens to 560mm.

Why do I find the shot looks slightly blurred when shooting with long lenses?

As a rule of thumb, your shutter speed should be equal to or greater than the focal length of your lenses. So if you are shooting on 400mm lens, your shutter speed should be faster than 1/400th of a second to keep your shots pin sharp.

I’d like to use bigger lenses but I find they are just too heavy. How can I counter this?

If you are out shooting all day with large lenses like this, you will quickly bulk up which can be a heavy load to carry around. To counter this, try using a monopod which gives better flexibility than a standard tripod. On top of this, you can always try a ball head if you need that slight extra movement without angling your horizons.

  • Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens
  • ET-155 (WII) Lens Hood for Select Canon Telephoto Lenses
  • Lens Case 400C
  • E-180D Lens Cap for EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • Lens Dust Cap E (Rear)
  • Lens Wide Strap B f/EF 300 / 400 mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • 52mm Drop-in Gelatin Filter Holder (Black)
  • Strap for Hard Case
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