Canon announces 200-400mm f/4 telezoom with built-in 1.4x extender


Canon has introduced the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x – a top-end telephoto zoom with a built-in switchable teleconverter, whose development was first announced back in February 2011. Simply flicking a lever at the rear of the barrel converts it to a 280-560mm f/5.6 lens. Designed for professional sports and wildlife photographers, it includes an array of top-end features such as Power Focus for movie shooting, and IS ‘mode 3’ that only applies stabilisation at the point of exposure, aiding panning. It also offers weathersealed construction, 4-stop image stabilisation, and a minimum focus distance of 2m. It will go on sale on 29th May, at an RRP of £11999.99 / €11800.

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Introducing the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x – improved performance and versatility for professional sports and wildlife photographers

London, UK, 14 May 2013 – Canon today adds a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses, with the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x to Canon’s acclaimed L-series. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features a flexible 200-400mm focal range with a fixed f/4 aperture, 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer and for the first time in a commercially available lens, a built-in 1.4x extender. These features combine to provide an outstandingly versatile lens for professional sports or wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings also make it ideal for mobile use, combining with the finest quality optics to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions.

Get closer to the action with superior image quality

The reach of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is boosted by its internal 1.4x extender, which is engaged or disengaged at the flick of a lever to provide an extended focal length of 280mm to 560mm – allowing photographers to get even closer to distant action. Ensuring the highest image performance, the optical design includes both fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements, which help minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Advanced anti-reflection SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Super Spectra Coating also reduce ghosting and flare. Thanks to the use of the latest optical technologies, image performance is unaffected when the integrated extender is used.

With a constant f/4 aperture the use of high shutter speeds to capture fast-paced action or a low-light scene is possible. A newly designed optical Image Stabilizer, which provides users with a four stop advantage, while IS ‘Mode 3’ applies image stabilisation only at the time of exposure – ensuring that photographers can pan with fast-paced action without IS overcompensating for movement. This feature is ideal for sports photographers, who typically have only a split-second to capture a subject in front of them.

Powerful, flexible focusing

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features Canon’s pioneering ring-type Ultrasonic Motor providing fast, silent autofocusing. For those who prefer to fine-tune focus themselves, full-time manual override allows photographers to manually focus at any moment when using AF. The Power Focus (PF) mode also increases versatility during movie shooting with the EOS-1D C or EOS-1D X, enabling photographers to achieve an accurate pull-focus effect at one of two speeds, simply by twisting the focus recall ring and stopping at a pre-set distance.

High-performance design for professional demands

Designed to answer professional demands for superior image quality and versatile zoom range, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x a boasts a premium-quality design befitting Canon’s industry-renowned L-series lenses.

The tough magnesium alloy chassis ensures that, despite the inclusion of the 1.4x extender, the lens is a similar weight to lenses of comparable focal length. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens elements also reduce the ability of dirt to cling to the lens surface, while a dust and water-resistant construction allows photographers to shoot in challenging weather conditions. The combination of outstanding optical performance, versatility, weight and tough construction will make it an essential part of any professional sports or wildlife photographer’s kitbag.

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x key features

  • Built-in 1.4x extender, for extra magnification when you need it
  • Shoot in low light with four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • High image quality using Fluorite lens elements
  • Fast AF with USM technology
  • Robust design for use in the toughest environments 

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x specifications

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Need Panasonic 100-300 const F4 weatherproof lens


On paper it does seem like the perfect wildlife/birding lens.

Weatherproof, Teleconverter, F4 Aperture, 400-560mm focal distance, 3 stage IS with 4 stop advantage (we’ll see!)….

The price is about the only thing on paper that isn’t perfect, (expected) but not perfect.


The Nikon AF-S 200-400/4 VR II is $6750, and the TC-14E is $500. Together, they would cost $7520.
So, the question is, is the convenience of having the teleconverter built in worth $4480?


where as the Nikon add-on teleconverter will degrade the image a bit due to it being an afterthought piece, there is no image degradation in Canon’s built-in version. It was engineered to operate with it’s teleconverter without compromise.

It’s a specialty lens, for the time when a photographer is shooting in a snowstorm, sandstorm, hostile environment, etc and attaching the teleconverter is out of the question.

But i do agree, it’s too pricey.

Dave Luttmann

I’ll take the Nikon over this price ripoff!


The case for this lens is sold separately for additional $650, BTW!


Adorama/B&H’s product listing pages for the lens indicate that the case is included…

Chaitanya S

Why did it take so long for Canon to introduce this lens? and that pricing is crazy it too overpriced even for the people who can afford to spend 12000$ on a lens. At that price many pro photographer will prefer to get 600mm f/4L instead of this 200-400mm zoom lens both lenses even have similar weight.


Aaaaand it’s only $6,000 overpriced, lol.


patience ~ it will be $300 cheaper in no time 😉


Overpriced for you maybe, poor boy.


No, overpriced compared to the competition. A built in TC versus taking one off/on is not worth $6,000 to most people.


Until you drop your $7,000 lens in the ocean or concrete because you wanted to change out your lens in the field…changing a lens with gloves on isn’t my idea of fun.

I’m probably going to move to this lens and sell my 400 2.8 IS II. The extra stop advantage doesn’t compare to getting a zoom and integrated TC in the field for me.

If you think this lens is too expensive you can always buy a Sigma 120-300 2.8 OS and put a TC on it for a ‘poor man’s’ 200-400 f4. Works quite well too.


This Nikon shooter is jealous!


Yeah, we are especially jealous of the price of this lens….


I really don’t care which camera system one uses! However, lens cost are getting out of control! Nikon has the 800mm priced at $18k. I will have to a billionaire to afford these lenses!


@M35G35, K stands for thousands, not millions. You only have to be a millionaire to afford it.

LOL, joking. Super pro grade lenses are getting really expensive but they are also considerable better than older models.

Go Sigma for half the cost and only mildly worse IQ.

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