Further readings for the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
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We’ve tested 130 lenses on Canon’s flagship camera, the full-frame 18-Mpix Canon EOS-1D X Mk II, covering focal lengths ranging from an incredibly wide 11mm up to a super-telephoto 600mm.
We’ve split the results between primes and zooms and then arranged them into three groups according to use. This equates to ultra-wide and wide-angle, standard, and telephoto to help you narrow down the best performer in each.
However, this time we’ve compared lenses from the perspective of the camera’s intended market — the photojournalist. While they’re not really any different from the next photographer when it comes to choosing focal length, there are some models that perhaps require further consideration.
The EOS 7D Mark II is Canon’s flagship APS-C sensor DSLR, boasting a 20Mp resolution and a host of high-end features. It’s a popular choice for many serious enthusiasts and semi-pro photographers, so we’ve tested over 300 lenses on it to help you pick out the best one for you. In this first part of a two-part review, we round up the best zoom lenses for the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.
The original stabilized EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM was a favorite of wildlife and action photographers, but as one of Canon’s oldest telephoto zoom models, a replacement was well overdue. Announced towards the end of last year, the updated model features a completely revised optical formula and replaces the traditional one-touch control mechanism with a conventional two-ring design. Read on to find out how well this new model performs.
Canon has announced an updated version of their compact super telephoto zoom lens. The new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L II USM boasts a number of upgrades over its predecessor, which Canon claim improve both the image quality and handling of the new version. We preview what this latest lens has to offer and see how the original version performed in the DxOMark Lens tests.
Tamron has released a new modestly priced, stabilized super-telephoto zoom for both full-frame and APS-C cameras, the SP 150-600mm f5-6.3 Di VC USD. How does this $1,100 model compare against the slightly shorter-range Sigma and Canon offerings?
A favorite of wildlife and action photographers, Canon’s EF100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM is a well-specified and versatile model. However, as it approaches sixteen years in production, is it still capable of competing with more modern offerings? Read on to find out.
Sigma are well known for their accessibly priced models and at just under $1,100 the 150-500mm f5-6.3 APO seems like a promising alternative to the premium offerings from the camera makers. Although one of the older models in the firm’s range now, does it still have what it needs to compete with more modern rivals?
Sigma’s full-frame 50-500mm f4.5-6.3 stabilized telephoto zoom is a promising looking model for wildlife, nature and sports. At $1,660 it’s temptingly priced for a lens of this potential, but how well does the Canon mount version perform? Read on to find out.
The logic of delaying testing because this is an old lens escapes me. It is also a current lens and one that is widely used. There are of course persistent rumours of a MkII. If that occurs, a current test of this lens will be even more important, as users will need to see if the new version warrants the likely very significant upgrade price. It has been on "by the end of this month" status for at least a year. Can you/will you give us a firm commitment to a date for the test and meet it? Thanks.
I am interested in the announced test for the canon 100-400. In March the test was announced for march, in April it was announced for April. In May it was announced for may. Now (1. June) it is announced for June => it seems to me: in July it will be announced for July?
Can you give a realistic information when/whether it will be tested?
Thank you for helping and your very professional tests!
I consider your service very valuable. I no longer choose a camera or a lens without first consulting your test results. For example, I own a Canon 100-400 zoom lens since many years. I have since moved to a Nikon D800e with a Nikon 85mm and a sigma 35mm. I am looking for one or two telephoto prime lenses for my D800e to replace my Canon 5D camera and zoom lenses. But I am now at a standstill for two reasons: You have no data on the Canon 100-400. You also have no data on Nikon telephoto lenses, zoom or prime.
I think that you guys are spreading yourself too thin and possibly working by the wrong priorities.
I do not understand why you test the same lens on 10 different cameras. Yes, I understand that there is some interplay between camera and lens and occasional surprises in a combination. But the cost of what you are now doing is that you do not have time to produce the results that we are waiting for.
You need to streamline your priorities:
Cameras: 1. Test all camera sensors as you presently do. 2. For each manufacturer select the top sensor and make that camera your lens test vehicle. Nikon D800E, Canon 5D3 etc. 3. Now use your database to establish a relative score factor for each lower score camera of each manufacturer. This should be expressed as a percentage of the top camera of each manufacturer.
Lenses: 4. Test lenses on the above top cameras. DO NOT test lenses on second or lower ranking cameras. Instead use the above relative performance percentages to predict a result. 5. If you later have time to refine your test results, fine, do that. 6. BUT FIRST WE NEED A RANKING BETWEEN CAMERAS AND THEN WE NEED RESULTS ON ALL AVAILABLE LENSES TESTED ON THE TOP CAMERAS FROM EACH MANUFACTURER.
I should have said: 6. BUT FIRST WE NEED A RANKING BETWEEN THE TOP CAMERAS (IMAGE SENSORS) AND THEN WE NEED TEST RESULTS ON LENSES, STARTING WITH TOP LENSES TESTED ON THE TOP CAMERAS. 7. FORGET ABOUT THE LOWER 80% OF CAMERAS AND LENSES. PEOPLE WHO BUY THESE DO NOT RELY ON YOUR TEST RESULTS, OR BUY YOUR SOFTWARE.
Thanks for your suggestion. We try to provide every results for every photographer. D800E measurements are of course one of our first priority. As you noticed we took last year some delay in our publication, so we are trying this year to publish data for 2013 camera and, in the same time, we try to measure the more important 2012 cameras. The D800E is one of them. Before the D800E publication we will publish other cams before (EOS 100D, Sony SLT A99, Olympus OMD EM5).
My first visit to DXO Mark to find out how my Canon 7D and 24-105 and 100-400 lens combinations are rated. What do I find on the 100-400 - nothing, never been tested, but the lens has been around for ages and as far as I know is widely used. Not a good first impression of DXO's "comprehensive" lens database!! :(