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Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM
29 December 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Originally posted 2007-12-11 on Optyczne.pl

Launched in 1998, the Canon 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM has been so far one of more interesting offers on the market. Its price, although rather steep, is still acceptable for many people seriously interested in photography who would balk, though, at spending more money on long and fast primes.

In fact, this lens is theoretically equipped with everything an amateur photographer might require of an universal telephoto zoom. We get an L- series instrument renowned for its optics and build quality, a quick and silent ultra-sonic motor and image stabilization. Small wonder this lens is very sought- after - a fact that has been proven many times in the form of letters from our Readers, asking for a lens test.


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As such a lens was ordered through the Cyfrowe.pl shop by one of our Readers (many thanks Goltar!) and, additionally, he agreed to hand over his “virgin gadget” into our hands for some time, we were given an opportunity to test it.

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