Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM

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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II Image Stabilizer USM Lens (77mm) (9524B002)
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Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II Image Stabilizer USM Lens (77mm) (9524B002)

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Canon EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L II USM Review

In 2014, there were some many camera lenses introduced to the market and the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM was one of them. In fact, a good number of people did label 2014 the year of lenses. In competition with the astonishing Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and many other lenses on the market, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM did a great job. It has been the most demanded and obviously the hottest among them all. Well, are the reasons for this demand really genuine?

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is one of the lenses that usually grab your attention in so many levels. This is a top shelf zoom lens that produces top notch image quality at any given focal length or aperture settings. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is ruggedly built, has a very impressive foal length range, effective image stabilization and comes with very fast and accurate AF.

After producing the already effective Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L I USM, canon needed to remind its competitors who is still boss and so they came up with an upgrade which is the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM. Which upgrades? Image sharpness was improved substantially especially in the lower range. When on mainstream settings, you will realize that the image center is sharper than ever while the corners and borders are really good. Moreover, the amount of CAs is on the low especially when you hit the 200mm mark and beyond which is an impressive gesture.

When you have fully opened apertures, you will certainly spot a bit of light fall off which is basically something to expect from a lens on this class. The control of image distortions is immaculate. Although some premium lenses would beat the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM in bokeh quality, it’s still considerably good. Moreover, you won’t be having issues with bokeh fringing thanks to its reasonably small max aperture.

As you would expect from a typical Canon product, the build quality is exceptional. Furthermore, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM comes with weather sealing so you can work in a wide variety of weather conditions. Canon replaced the push and pull zoom mechanism with a rotation type mechanism which some experts believe is an improvement. You will also be looking forward to working on an improved USM AF which is faster than you would imagine. To top it all off, Canon had to upgrade the image stabilizer as well which is a plus for sports photographers.

All in all, Canon did really well at checking all the right boxes and it will be difficult for the new lenses to catch up soon. I highly recommend this lens for all the serious photographers out there.

  • The Good :
    Image quality, Good image stabilization, Excellent build, Fast and accurate AF
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  • The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is manufactured by Canon and was added in December 2014 in the Camera Lenses section
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