Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Canon EOS (APS-C)

Sample Images

Ok, finally here're some sample shots taken with the EOS 350D (converted RAWs).

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Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 235.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/160s
Size 3472x2312
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 150.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 2312x3472
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 160.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.0 @ 1/200s
Size 3472x2312
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 100.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/400s
Size 2312x3472
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 400.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3472x2312
Make Canon
Model Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 400.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 3472x2312

Verdict

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 USM L IS is a very good performer with few weaknesses ... that's assuming you get a good sample - the first tested sample was mediocre whereas the second one performed very fine. The resolution of the lens is on a very high level throughout the zoom range with only a marginal performance penalty at 400mm. Vignetting, distortions and CAs aren't really field relevant on an APS-C DSLR. Typical for Canon L grade lenses the build quality is great. However, you may need to get used to the push-pull zoom mechanism which is a bit unusual these days. Regarding the sum of its characteristics the EF 100-400L is THE still portable super-tele zoom for Canon users.

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