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

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II (Overview)

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is a major upgrade over its predecessor, which never offered the slightest allure to your author. The II version is a distinct step up: solid build quality along with very high imaging quality, wide zoom range, and a weight quite manageable for handholding make it a lens that many might well prefer over its faster 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II sibling.

For example, your author sometimes shoots crew (rowing) and the reach of a 70-200mm is often not enough; the 100-400mm range is much more useful. Since typical shooting apertures for crew are f/5.6 or f/8, the lens speed is not at all an issue, but the zoom range is a huge plus for pulling in a boat in the distance, getting a tight shot of a few rowers at a time, etc. The 70-100mm range is of little concern either. What seals the deal is the high image quality, state of the art image stabilization, and excellent build quality of the 100-400L II.

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Special emphasis is placed on lens evaluation, focusing on Canon and Nikon and Sigma lenses, but with a few others like Rokinon/Samyang.

  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
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  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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

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