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Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM

An awkward lens with its push/pull zoom design. Can produce very good results if handled properly. Minimal hot spot issues provided that the lens hood is used and light is not allowed to fall on the front element. Sharp images require careful focus, but even so do not meet the critically-sharp threshold unless perfect technique is used (tripod, mirror lockup, etc). A usable, but not exciting lens for IR; it does everything reasonably well, but just doesn’t stand out in any area.

Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS hot spots

At the short end (100mm), hot spots are a potential problem, but should not interfere with many photos. At the long end, hot spot behavior improves. Avoid f/16 with all focal lengths.

Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS Backfocus

At 100mm, very strong backfocus is mostly mitigated via filtration. LCD zoom is the best bet for eking out optimal sharpness.

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