The First Video Review of the Upcoming $10K+ Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x

Buzz around the upcoming Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x is heating up. Australian photographer Joshua Holko recently had the opportunity to play around with a pre-production version of the lens, and released this 7-minute video review that offers a look at the lens in action.


As we’ve reported in the past, the lens includes a built-in 1.4x teleconverter, which appears as a strange bump on the side of the lens:


The teleconverter effectively turns the lens from a 200-400mm f/4 into a 280-560mm f/5.6 at the flip of a switch.

New photographs of the lens have been appearing as of late. Canon Singapore published one on its Facebook page earlier this year:


The lens will reportedly cost around $11,000 when it’s released. While exact details haven’t yet been announced, signs seem point to it being unveiled sometime this year.

(via Luminous Landscape)

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  • Horst Bursik

    What kind of dripod is Joshua using in the video? Does anyone know that? TIA

  • Joshua Holko

    Gitzo GT3530LSV with a RRS BH55 Ball head and a RRS300mm mounting plate on the lens

  • hgmartins

    I’m no expert, but does the full across f4 and the 1.4x make it worth over 7k more than what you would pay for the old but still very good 100-400 f4.5/5.6L and a 1.4x extender?? I could understand if it was a f2.8…….

  • Horst Bursik

    Thank you!

  • Maria

    Depends on what you value your gear at. For some people, it’s too much and ridiculous, but for others it will be worth it – especially as it’ll still be able to autofocus at 560mm (assuming you’re using a crop body sensor to get the extra reach, you can’t autofocus at f/8).

    Personally, I can’t even afford the “cheap” 100-400, so I wouldn’t pay that much extra for it. But some people will.

  • geogan

    Yes but this is a non-extending 400mm zoom. I used to own the 100-400mm and hated the way you had to push/pull the barrel back and forth to zoom – looks bad in operation, it pulled in dust and dirt into body behind lens over time (i had dust stuck behind front element) and also obvious to people when you zoom in/out so less discreet. This lens looks like answer to all pro dreams here – not being stuck with one focal length on a big white prime lens. Wish I could afford one…