Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM II Lens

Model: EF100-400LISII

SKU: 666846 Product ID: 796034

Outstanding zoom range and mobility.
  • Advanced Image Stabilization with 3 modes
  • ASC technology significantly suppresses backlit flaring
  • Improved dust and weather sealing
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    The second generation of one of Canon’s most popular professional lenses, the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II delivers outstanding improvements in image quality, functionality and performance to meet and exceed the needs of professional and enthusiast photographers. The lens’s completely redesigned optical structure now features an improved 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer to reduce the effects of visible camera shake on long-distance shots, with three IS modes tailored to most typical shooting conditions, while Canon’s pioneering ring-type Ultrasonic Motor provides fast, silent autofocusing. Replacing previous linear type zoom construction, the new rotation type zoom ring enables improved handling for minute adjustments and excellent balance throughout the zoom range. Designed to be used anywhere, even in the harshest conditions, the lens continues the renowned L-series lens DNA and rugged construction. You can rely on the lens to perform in vastly challenging environments, with a dust and water-resistant construction providing the durability users demand. For added endurance, the lens features fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens elements, reducing the possibility of dirt sticking to the lens surface and affecting image quality.

    Key Features

    Image Stabilization
    Advanced Image Stabilization with 3 modes which can be selected based on the style of movement you are shooting.

    New ASC technology significantly suppresses backlit flaring and ghosting in images.

    Built for the Elements
    Improved dust and weather sealing delivers performance that can handle harsh usage conditions.

    Ease of Operation
    The lens hood included in the box is equipped with a window on the side which can open and close for filter operation.

    Super Strong
    Rotation type zoom improves lens strength and toughness. The zoom touch adjustment ring enables minute composition adjustments.

    Get in nice and close
    Minimum focusing distance of just 0.98m and maximum magnification of 0.31x for class leading close up shooting.


    Camera lens type - Telephoto zoom

    DSLR lens - Yes

    Lens diameter (mm) - 92

    Lens focal length (mm) - 100-400

    Lens aperture range - f/4.5-5.6

    Lens filter diameter (mm) - 77

    Lens mount type - Canon EF Mount

    Manufacturer's warranty - 2 Years


Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best zoo/wildlife/travel lenses!! I've owned this lens since it was released... two years ago. Firstly, don't confuse it with it's predecessor, the mark 1. The mark I was one of the most controversial lenses, where people either loved it or hated it. From my own experience when buying the old one, there seemed to be some sort of quality control issue because there were good sharp ones, and some very average (soft focusing) ones. Optically, I haven't seen a huge difference between a good (sharp) mark 1 and this new one. For those familiar with technical reviews, MTF charts etc, mean that the average for the newer model is significantly higher. In addition to better average quality, the mark II models have substantially better image stabilisation (IS) at about 3.5-4 stops (as opposed to 2 stops in the mark I). Mode 1 is substantially better for your average hand-held shots. I've gotten nicely sharp images as low as 1/60th second @ 400mm..and acceptably sharp images at around the 1/10th mark... but I wouldn't recommend this normally. Mode 2 (panning mode) is pretty good, but I still find it's better for car racing, bicycle racing, rally car events, etc because they don't bounce up and down as much as running children, horses, when panning horizontally. Mode 3 stabilisation is a relatively new addition in the Canon lens range... it basically delays the stabilisation until the time you take your photograph.This is to stop you fighting the IS while you're composing with moving subjects.. and I find it quite handy. Mode 3 also automatically tries to eliminate motion 90 degrees from the detected panning direction so it's a bit smarter than the IS modes found on older lenses. Now the down side of this lens is that it's F4.5-5.6 which means it's great on a sunny day, but I wouldn't expect it to focus reliably in dark conditions (night time, or indoors). If you're into wildlife, or birds, or at the zoo, the zoom range makes a BIG advantage, depending on the size of your subject and the distance you are from it. However, one of the best things about this lens is how close you can focus! At 400mm settings, you can focus at a little less than a metre, and when using the 100mm focal length that's somewhere closer to 70-80 cm. This means you can fill the frame with smaller animals, or shoot smaller animals in general. All in all this lens is amazing, and also works well with the 1.4x and 2x extenders, although I'm a little hesitant to say the 2x extender is the best fit. This lens is an important part of my travel setup. I use a 24-105 F4L IS for my wide-ish angle landscapes, and portraiture. The 100-400 range for smaller items, more distant items, wildlife, and the occasional candid portrait. Two lenses to cover most needs is a great start, and allows me to fit things like a tripod and other essentials in my bag without blowing my luggage weight limits. Try this lens, you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Lens Focal range is great especially for my travel pics, very sharp and remarkable image quality...this is now my go to lens. Can’t wait to add the extender.
Date published: 2019-08-09
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