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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X Hands-On Review

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X Super Telephoto lens

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X is finally here! Read my review of this lens here.

Recently, Australian photographer Joshua Holko had an opportunity to work with a pre-production model of the soon-to-be-released Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X lens. In this video review, Joshua gave us an exclusive look at this lens in action and he shared his opinion on the sample images he obtained.

Bear in mind this is a pre-production model and apparently Canon is still tinkering with the built-in extender to make it perfect before releasing the lens. I am in total agreement with Joshua on this lens being the prefect wildlife glass. The wildlife combo made in photography heaven for me is the EF 200-400mm lens plus the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and the EOS-1D X body.

Joshua informed me the EF 200-400mm does take the Canon 2.0X extender but this defeats the purpose of having a custom, built-in 1.4X extender on the lens. After all, that's what makes this lens unique and justify the high price. I have wildlife photo shoots coming up in Africa, Alaska, India and the high Arctic this year. My fervent hope is to bring this amazing lens with me on at least one of these trips. Visit my website to see wildlife photos from around the world.

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