EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II - Sample Images
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AGeoJO
Registered: Jul 08, 2003
Total Posts: 12098
Country: United States

PetKal wrote:
However, my 400 f/2.8 IS MkI is a beautifully performing lens, and I'd be hard pressed to sign on the statement that my 400 II has better IQ, although it is just possible that my 400 II has a very slight sharpness edge which in practice has little consequence. In addition, both lenses have a very fast AF drive, just that they are tuned differently, therefore a direct comparison is not straightforward.


Peter, you lost me there.... I am referring to the difference in AF drive/tuning between the two versions of the lens - in what relation does it have to do with the IQ in a straightforward optical comparison?



joekraft
Registered: Apr 19, 2006
Total Posts: 3105
Country: United States

The bokeh in the BG around his hand makes it look like he is really bringing the heat
jcmedeiros wrote:
A couple more from the 400 IS II - it really shines for baseball:

#1 Auburn signee Trey Wingenter deals in round one of the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs









jcmedeiros
Registered: Jun 30, 2004
Total Posts: 760
Country: United States

joekraft wrote:
The bokeh in the BG around his hand makes it look like he is really bringing the heat
jcmedeiros wrote:
A couple more from the 400 IS II - it really shines for baseball:

#1 Auburn signee Trey Wingenter deals in round one of the AHSAA Class 6A playoffs



He is 6-7 and throws in the low 90's - looks like Randy Johnson in the dugout



PetKal
Registered: Sep 06, 2007
Total Posts: 24477
Country: Canada

AGeoJO wrote:
PetKal wrote:
However, my 400 f/2.8 IS MkI is a beautifully performing lens, and I'd be hard pressed to sign on the statement that my 400 II has better IQ, although it is just possible that my 400 II has a very slight sharpness edge which in practice has little consequence. In addition, both lenses have a very fast AF drive, just that they are tuned differently, therefore a direct comparison is not straightforward.


Peter, you lost me there.... I am referring to the difference in AF drive/tuning between the two versions of the lens - in what relation does it have to do with the IQ in a straightforward optical comparison?


True enough, Joshua, I lost myself there too....AF performance is a non-sequitur in the above context.



CarlG
Registered: Mar 12, 2002
Total Posts: 6377
Country: United States

jcmedeiros wrote:


He is 6-7 and throws in the low 90's - looks like Randy Johnson in the dugout


Great shots!! But for his sake, I hope he looks better than Randy!!



Pixel1970
Registered: Sep 02, 2009
Total Posts: 517
Country: United States

Had the chance to play with one for a few hours yesterday. It's absolutely the smoothest lens I've ever used.













Gust
Registered: Jan 11, 2009
Total Posts: 230
Country: Netherlands

sold my 500/4 4 months ago and bought the new 400/2.8 II.
best move in my live, using on my MKIV's.
Yesterday testing on a 5DMKIII, whawww what a combo.
looking now for the X. can't wait.
this is the best lens Canon ever produced.



falcnr
Registered: Jul 03, 2012
Total Posts: 15
Country: Canada

I sold my 500mm F4 in the hopes of getting a 600 F4 MKII but that is like asking for an audience with the Pope !
So instead I opted for the 400mm F2.8 IS MKII and I bought the 1.4x and 2x TC's at the same time a few days ago. My logic is that this now gives me a 540mm F4 and a 800mm F5.6 with the added bonus of needing to carry two large telephotos on a long haul photo trip. I justified the expense to my wife by saying it is lighter for her to carry

Seriously though, I hope I made the right choice. From what JCMedeiros posts it looks like a good decision. Takes a lot of guts to sell those two lens's and put your eggs in one basket but I guess I will do the same as my 500mm F4 has gone and my 300mm F2.8 is next if this new lens works out. I was very impressed with auto focus speed on the both TC's on the 400mm Mk2



dolina
Registered: Nov 05, 2008
Total Posts: 3675
Country: United States

This is one of the sharpest lens I have ever used. I am thankful that it is 28% lighter than its predecessor. All photos taken using the pre-1.1.1 lens firmware.

1D4

#1

1st Ayala Alabang Camera Club Golf Cup by alabang, on Flickr

#2

Regret by alabang, on Flickr

#3

1st Asian Flag Football Championship: Team Singapore vs The Guardians of Cebu Flag Football League by alabang, on Flickr

#4

1st Asian Flag Football Championship: Manila Aguila vs Team Singapore by alabang, on Flickr

#5

1st Asian Flag Football Championship: Team Singapore vs The Guardians of Cebu Flag Football League by alabang, on Flickr

#6

Baler by alabang, on Flickr

#7

1st Ayala Alabang Camera Club Golf Cup by alabang, on Flickr

#8

One and Two by alabang, on Flickr

5D2 (the 1DX wasn't released at the time)

As framed

Global vs Kaya by alabang, on Flickr

100% crop

Global vs Kaya by alabang, on Flickr

#1

Global vs Kaya by alabang, on Flickr

#2

Global vs Kaya by alabang, on Flickr



fairtex
Registered: Jun 29, 2009
Total Posts: 65
Country: Germany

Very interesting images. Can you guys hand-hold the lens for a brief amount of time?
I was suprised how much lighter the 300mm 2.8 mk II is compared to it's predecessor, and apparently, the same is true for the new 400 2.8, but I haven't had the chance to get my hands on it yet. Is is lighte enough for hand-hold use?



spdntrxi
Registered: Oct 06, 2006
Total Posts: 405
Country: United States

my next big bonus.. this one is going to be tough to resist

ohh and I have no issue hand holding V1



outlawyer
Registered: Feb 27, 2008
Total Posts: 1404
Country: United States

Geeez. Unbelievable shots in every respect. The color!

Roll Tide.



AGeoJO
Registered: Jul 08, 2003
Total Posts: 12098
Country: United States

Here are two more images taken with this lens at wide open aperture.



jcmedeiros
Registered: Jun 30, 2004
Total Posts: 760
Country: United States

A quick update on this lens. No regrets whatsoever. I have found the 400 II + 1.4x to be a perfectly acceptable replacement for the 600 f/4L.

Here are few more taken with this lens. #3 is with the 1.4xIII

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#2





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Tom Dix
Registered: Jun 29, 2010
Total Posts: 1689
Country: United States

Good lord. That lens is truly amazing!!



PetKal
Registered: Sep 06, 2007
Total Posts: 24477
Country: Canada

400 II is probably one of the sickest lenses Canon has even made.
Very nice pictures one and all.

Petkal a.k.a. Supertelemaster



Rav13
Registered: Mar 30, 2010
Total Posts: 201
Country: United Kingdom

I can't wait for my bonus too, I'll get the lens and then think of what to shoot!



rantonishak
Registered: Jan 10, 2004
Total Posts: 926
Country: United States

Very nice images everyone... Please keep'em coming..


Sincerely,
Randal



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