CANON EF 100MM - 400M F4.5 - 5.6 L IS
Focal Length – Full frame/APS-C:- 100mm - 400mm/ 160mm - 640mm/ Aperture:- 4.5 - 32 / 5.6 – 38/ Min focus:- 38.4"/ Dimensions:- 3.7" x 7.6"/ Weight:- 56.1 oz/ Image stabilization:- Yes/ Price (approx.) $USD/£ GBP:- $2,000.00/£1,950.00
The Canon 100 – 400L IS lens is an awesome lens and, it seems, there are many people out there unaware of what this lens can do. Many photographers seem to think this lens is only useful for taking photos of subjects a long way off in the distance, and whilst this lens is good for these types of shot it is also good for other types of shot too.
The Canon 100 – 400L IS lens is a versatile lens you can use for many different subjects, and having owned this lens for several years now I can personally vouch for this. Below is just four subjects the Canon 100 – 400L IS lens is perfect for:-
Motor sports photography
The Canon 100 – 400L IS lens is the perfect lens for motor sports photography, and this is the main reason I bought this lens.
Some photographers argue a 400mm lens isn’t long enough for motor sports but I would disagree. Sure, there are times when a longer lens would be better but then there are many situations where even 400mm is too long to get everything in the frame, and if you only have a longer prime tele lens….. I am sure you see the problem here.
The 100mm – 400mm range of focal lengths makes this a versatile lens and allows me to capture different types of photo. I mean, I can use the 100mm wide end to capture three or four cars jostling for position, I can zoom in a bit for a frame filling shot of a single car or motorcycle coming in to a bend or I can zoom in even further to capture a head shot of the driver in the cockpit etc. The range of shots you can capture with this lens is never ending.
The Canon 100 – 400L IS lens is a great lens for bird photography and when birds are on the “to shoot” list it is my go to lens.
When taking photos of birds it is usually the case of the “longer the better” and a lot of the time you’ll shooting at 400mm and wanting more reach to get a frame filling shot. That said, there will be times when you can get close to the birds and a 400mm focal length is too long to get everything in the frame, and it is in these situations where this lens comes in to its own as a birding lens.
I often take photos of birds on a local river/lake network where I can get quite close to the birds. I encounter big birds (such as mute swans, geese and herons) and a 400mm lens for these birds is too much. With the 100 – 400 lens I can simply pull back and get the entire bird in the frame. If I do want a small part of the bird, such as the feather detail in the head, I can zoom right in and get a frame filling shot without having to do some cropping and enlarging on the computer back home.
Once again, this lens allows for a variety of different shots so I can vary the framing and composition and avoid all those “samey” shots.
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