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Canon 400mm F/4 DO IS II With 2x Extender 每 INSANITY!

Date:2017-1-22 14:37:34

Canon 400mm F/4 DO IS II With 2x Extender 每 INSANITY!

This post is part of my regular Gear Check series where we explore the items in my camera bag and gear closet.  Subscribe to my newsletter (weekly digest or monthly highlights) to make sure you don't miss any of them! You can also find a list of all my gear in my gear guide.

I*ve always been a big fan of using extenders, and those that say great images aren*t possible with them have a personal invitation to come round to my office and peruse my archives. Many of my best photos have been taken using extenders, and I recently showed you guys that even cheaper (and by cheap, I mean relative to super tele primes) zoom lenses like the stunning Canon 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 L IS II, can work exceptionally well with a 1.4x extender.

Recently I*ve been carrying my Canon 400mm f/4 DO IS II around with me a lot. You can do that with this lens, simply carry it around just in case an opportunity presents itself. It*s a distinct advantage over all of Canon*s other super telephoto lenses, because the others are so big and cumbersome that they require some forethought and often a different carrying solution. I*d simply never carry my big 200-400 f/4 around with me unless I really knew that I was going to use it. Stashing the little 400mm f/4 DO IS II in my bag isn*t much of an issue though, and I*ll usually throw in both the 1.4x and 2x extenders as well.  This gives me a 560mm f/5.6 option, and an 800mm f/8. With the 5D Mark IV*s new AF system, all AF points are active with with an f/8 lens, so I still get great compositional flexibility.

There*s two incredible things about this setup: Firstly, that*s an easily hand-holdable 800mm lens!!  And secondly, it*s STUNNINGLY sharp! In fact, I think this might be the best performing Canon lens ever, with the 2x extender.

Usually I*ve no issues at all with using a 1.4x extender on a super telephoto lens, but in general, to use the 2x extender I try to limit myself to using it in really ideal circumstances. Nice contrasting, bright light for example, because the 2x can lower contrast a fair bit on some lenses, and this reduces perceived sharpness. When I first tried the 2x extender on the 400mm f/4 DO II though, I was staggered. This is a combination I could use all day long, and not worry about sharpness at all.