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

Canon by name and big gun by nature, it's a super-telephoto beast

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The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM is as good as it gets for a super-fast, super-telephoto prime lens.

From its rugged build quality and expansive feature set to its brilliant optical performance, trick focus modes and rock-steady image stabiliser, everything comes together perfectly.

The only downsides are that it's big and heavy to use, and massively expensive to buy.

We liked

Superb image quality made all the more effective by excellent autofocus and image stabilisation systems.

We disliked

It's very big, still heavy despite the Mark II's weight loss, and extremely expensive.

Final verdict

Even with its disadvantages, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM would be a great super-telephoto lens to hire for special occasions.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Fixed Focal Length400 mm
Lens Mount TypeCanon EF/EF-S
Maximum Aperture Fixed2.8
Brand NameCanon
Filter Attachment Diameter52 mm
Lens TypeSuper Telephoto
Depth343 mm

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ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model4412B005
Product NameEF 4412B005 Lens
Product LineEF
Manufacturer Part Number4412B005
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Ultra-high-performance L-series super-telephoto lens, featuring a 4 stop Image Stabilizer with 3 modes. The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM delivers outstanding image quality in a robust design ideal for sports and wildlife photography.

Weight (Approximate)3.85 kg