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Overview

The original long white 400mm. Still a good performer, but without the refinements (coatings, IS) of later models. Still likely to be expensive if found used, so careful checking needed (few spare parts are available any more).

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Lens specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture 400mm 1:2.8
Lens Construction 11 elements in 9 groups
Minimum Aperture 32
Maximum Magnification x0.11
Closest Focusing Distance 4m
Filter Size 48mm
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight 167 x 348mm, 6,450g

All the 400mm lenses

Canon EF 400mm
Attribute f/2.8 USM f/2.8 II USM f/2.8 IS USM f/2.8 IS II USM f/4 DO IS USM f/5.6 USM f/4 DO IS II USM
Key features
Full-frame compatible Yes
Image stabilizer No Yes No Yes
Ultrasonic Motor Yes
L-series Yes
Diffractive Optics No Yes No Yes
Technical data
Aperture (max-min) f/2.8-f/32 f/4-f/32 f/5.6-f/32
Construction 9 groups / 11 elements 13 groups / 17 elements 6 groups / 7 elements 12 groups /18 elements
Aperture blades 8 9 8
Closest focusing distance 4m 3m 2.7m 3.5m 3.3m
Max. magnification 0.11x 0.15x 0.17x 0.12x 0.11x
Diagonal viewing angle 6 °
Physical data
Weight 13.44 lb / 6.1 kg 13.03 lb / 5.91 kg 11.83 lb / 5.37 kg 8.48 lb / 3.85 kg 4.27 lb / 1.94 kg 2.8 lb / 1.25 kg 2.1 kg
Maximum diameter 6.57" / 167mm 6.41" / 163mm 5.03" / 128mm 3.54" / 90mm/ 5.04" /128mm
Length 13.70" / 348mm 13.74" / 349mm 13.50" / 343mm 9.16" / 232.7mm 10.09" / 256.5mm 9.16" / 232.7mm
Filter diameter 48mm 52mm drop-in filter 77mm 53mm drop-in
Accessories
Lens hood ET-161B II   ET-155 ET-155 (WII) ET-120 Built-in
Case     400 400C 400B  
Retail information
Release date April 1991 March 1996 September 1999 August 2011 December 2001 May 1993 September 2014

EF400mm f/2.8L USM reviews and articles

  • Canon UK / US Information Page
  • Wikipedia article
  • Amazon
  • Northlight Images
  • Canon CPN article
  • Fred Miranda
  • Lens Tip
  • Digital Picture
  • PhotoZone
  • SLR Gear
  • Lens Review
  • ePhotozine
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Sample images

None available.

Product launch

No information available on the 1991 launch of this lens.

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• USA: B&H | Adorama
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