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EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM

Super Telephoto

Item Code: 3045C002AA

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Features

Featuring carefully refined optics, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM offers a familiar feel to its predecessor while being even more comfortable to handle thanks to its significantly lighter build. Super UD lens elements offer improved image quality while being more compact in size, while the Image Stabilizer unit has also had its weight reduced. This results in a lens that’s more than twenty-five percent, or approx. 2.20 lbs., lighter than its predecessor. Optical placement has also been improved, with the center of gravity now closer to the rear. This allows users to position the lens more easily for fast framing of moving subjects.

An excellent addition to Canon’s L series collection of lenses, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM offers outstanding optics, reliable performance and a refined design, featuring the quality professionals and advanced photographers demand. Engineered to complement Canon’s high-resolution camera sensors, it’s poised to deliver phenomenal image quality in any number of applications.

To create memorable images with vibrant colors and deep lifelike contrast, minimizing unwanted flare and ghosting is crucial. Canon’s Super Spectra Coating (SSC) helps reject extraneous light wavelengths, maintaining overall image quality and color fidelity. Additionally, Canon’s Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps minimize unwanted glare and reflections.

Even when used outdoors in the heat for extended periods of time, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM delivers consistent and reliable performance you can trust. A new paint formulation reflects even more heat than before, while a two-layer barrel structure helps reduce the thermal effects on the lens elements. Together, these technologies help maintain image quality and lens reliability even during long shoots under the hot sun.

Built to L series lens specifications, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM features a highly durable design for excellent performance even in inclement weather conditions. It delivers a dust- and water-resistant construction with seals around the mount, switches, rings and more. To help maintain a clean lens, even after multiple lens changes in sub-optimal conditions, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM has a specially designed fluorine coating on its front and rear surfaces. This fluorine coating helps to prevent water, oil and other surface residue like fingerprints from sticking to the lens, which facilitates quick and easy wiping, without the use of solvents.

A customizable electronic manual focusing ring helps ensure you’ll get the shot that you want at the right moment. Three sensitivity levels are available to select how quick and precise you want to adjust the focus. This can help whether you need a slow speed to switch between someone’s eyes in a distant profile, or a fast speed to dial in on different birds in a large, swiftly moving flock. Additionally, manual focus is still possible while autofocus is engaged, letting you finetune focus adjustments to suit your shooting preferences.

Quickly select between two points with focus presets. Especially useful for fixed-position sports photography, you can choose two exact focus distances, and with a simple twist of the recall ring, swap between them. If you’re on the sidelines of a soccer game, one focus point could be the home team’s goal, and the other point the visiting team’s goal. A twist of the recall ring will help ensure your most important photos are sharply in focus.

For consistent, sharp results, the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM features an Optical Image Stabilizer system that provides shake reduction for up to 5 shutter speed stops*. This helps provide reliable handheld performance and clear image detail in low-light situations or at lower ISOs.

*Based on CIPA (Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards. Testing performed at a focal length of 200mm using the EOS-1D X Mark II digital SLR camera

The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM can help you get close to your subjects with a minimum focusing distance of approx. 8.2 ft./2.5m. This makes it easy to fill the frame with details, letting you capture action-packed scenes for dynamic and impressive results.

The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM features a 9-blade, circular aperture to help create gorgeous, evocative out-of-focus areas and soft backgrounds. With an incredible level of control over background blur, the 9-blade circular aperture helps create intimacy and intensity in both photos and videos for impactful results.

Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture

400mm f/2.8

Lens Construction

17 elements in 13 groups

Diagonal Angle of View

06°10'

Focus Adjustment

Manual focus

Closest Focusing Distance

8.20 ft. / 2.5m

Filter Size

52mm

Max. Diameter x Length, Weight

Φ6.4 x 13.5 in., approx. 6.26 lbs. / Φ163.0 x 343.0mm, approx. 2840g

Compatible Supplies & Accessories

Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store

 

 

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MTF Charts

A Modulation Transfer Function (MTF) chart measures a lens’ expected optical performance at the center of the picture area and measures repeatedly along the diagonal line, further and further toward the corners of the image. The higher a curve is shown on the chart, the better the lens is performing in the area the chart is measuring. As a curve moves from left to right, it displays the lens' results from center towards the corners. For more information on understanding how to read Canon Lens MTF charts, please click here.

EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM MTF Chart

EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM with Extender 1.4x MTF Chart

EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM with Extender 2x MTF Chart


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Videos

Discover the New EF 600mm and EF 400mm Type III Super Telephoto Lenses with Rudy Winston

Learn all about the features in these lighter super telephoto lenses with Canon U.S.A. Technical Advisor Rudy Winston.

Canon EF 101: A Beginner's Guide

Canon offers a wide range of EF lenses and lens accessories. In this 9 part video series you'll learn all about lens basics and the various lenses available from your host, Canon expert Jon Lorentz.

Canon EF 101: Lens Basics

Take a quick and informative first step into the world of lenses with Canon expert Jon Lorentz, providing insight into the type of lenses available, helpful tips and more.

Canon EF 101: Telephoto Lenses

Telephoto lenses let you get close in on a subject. Canon expert Jon Lorentz shows you how to get the most out of your Canon telephoto lenses.

Canon EF 101: Lens Accessories

Canon expert Jon Lorentz takes a look at some lens accessories including lens hoods, filters, extenders and more and how to care for them.


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Sample Images

Shooting Mode Aperture-Priority AE
Shutter Speed (Tv) 1/400
Aperture (Av) f/5.0
ISO Speed 200
Lens EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
White Balance Daylight
Picture Style Standard
ISO speed is based on recommended exposure index.
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed (Tv) 1/250
Aperture (Av) f/2.8
ISO Speed 1600
Lens EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
White Balance Auto (White priority)
Picture Style Standard
ISO speed is based on recommended exposure index.
Shooting Mode Manual Exposure
Shutter Speed (Tv) 1/6
Aperture (Av) f/16.0
ISO Speed 100
Lens EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
White Balance Daylight
Picture Style Landscape
ISO speed is based on recommended exposure index.

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DISCLAIMERS


* Among focal length 400mm f/2.8 lenses for cameras (SLR and mirrorless cameras). As of September 5th, 2018, based on Canon's research.

† Prices and specifications subject to change without notice. Actual prices are determined by individual dealers and may vary.

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