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Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM Instructions Manual

High-performance super-telephoto lenses, for use with eos cameras
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  • Page 1 EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM EF500mm f/4L IS USM EF500mm f/4L IS USM EF600mm f/4L IS USM EF600mm f/4L IS USM E E N N G G Instructions...
  • Page 2 Thank you for purchasing a Canon product. Canon’s EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM, EF500mm f/4L IS USM and EF600mm f/4L IS USM are high-performance super-telephoto lenses, for use with EOS cameras. ● “IS” stands for Image Stabilizer.
  • Page 3: Strap Mount

    a Safety Precautions a Safety Precautions ● Do not look at the sun or a bright light source through the lens or camera. Doing so could result in loss of vision. Looking at the sun directly through the lens is especially hazardous. ●...
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

    Nomenclature Hood mount (→ 15) Playback ring (→ 8) AF stop button (→ 6) Focus mode switch (→ 5) Image stabilizer switch (→ 9) Focus preset button (→ 7) Image stabilizer mode selector switch (→ 9) Focus preset switch (→ 7) ●...
  • Page 5: Rubber Ring

    The lens mount has a rubber ring for enhanced dust- and water-resistance. The rubber ring may cause slight abrasions around the camera’s lens mount, but this will not cause any problems. If the rubber ring becomes worn, it is replaceable by a Canon Service Center at cost. ENG-4...
  • Page 6: Focus Mode Switch

    2. Setting the Focus Mode STABILIZER STABILIZER To shoot in autofocus (AF) mode, set the focus mode switch to AF. To shoot in manual focus (MF) mode, set the focus mode switch to MF, and focus by turning the focusing ring. The focusing ring always works, regardless of the focus mode.
  • Page 7: Af Stop Button

    Switching the Focusing Distance Range If you use AF from outside the specified focusing distance range, the lens may stop focusing when it reaches the limit of the range. This is not a malfunction. If this occurs, press the shutter button halfway down again.
  • Page 8: Focus Preset Button

    5. Focus Preset By presetting any focusing distance, you can instantly focus at that point even while you are shooting a different subject. This function operates in both the AF and MF modes. < How to Set > STABILIZER MODE FOCUS PRESET Set the focus preset switch Press the shutter button...
  • Page 9: Playback Ring

    Focus Preset < How to Focus at the Preset Distance > While turning the playback ring to the left or right, press the shutter button completely. ● The lens will focus at the preset distance. ● If the focus preset switch was set to , the beeper will sound twice.
  • Page 10 6. Image Stabilizer You can use the image stabilizer in AF or MF mode. STABILIZER STABILIZER STABILIZER MODE Set the STABILIZER switch to ON. ● If you are not going to use the image stabilizer function, set the switch to OFF. STABILIZER MODE FOCUS PRESET...
  • Page 11 7. Tips on Using the Image Stabilizer The image stabilizer for this lens is effective for hand-held shots in the following conditions. ● MODE 1 ● In semi-darkened areas such as indoors or outdoors at night. ● In locations where flash photography is prohibited, such as art museums and theater stages.
  • Page 12 Tips on Using the Image Stabilizer ● The Image Stabilizer cannot compensate for a blurred shot caused by a subject that moved. ● Set the STABILIZER switch to OFF when you are taking pictures using the Bulb setting (long exposures). If the STABILIZER switch is set to ON, the image stabilizer function may introduce errors.
  • Page 13 Tips on Using the Image Stabilizer ● When using the extender EF2× II with the EF500mm f/4L IS USM or EF600mm f/4L IS USM, you can use the Image Stabilizer with the following cameras: EOS-1Ds Mark III, EOS-1Ds Mark II, EOS-1Ds, EOS-1D Mark III, EOS-1D Mark II N, EOS-1D Mark II, EOS-1D, EOS 40D, 30D, 20D, 20Da, 10D, 5D, EOS DIGITAL REBEL XSi/EOS 450D, EOS DIGITAL REBEL...
  • Page 14: Distance Scale

    9. Depth-of-Field Scale 32 32 The depth of field is the distance in front of and behind the plane of focus on the subject that appears sharp. The depth of field is indicated by the area between the depth-of-field scale lines below the distance scale.
  • Page 15: Lens Mount Index

    10. Using the Tripod Mount Adjusting the Tripod Mount By loosening the orientation locking knob on the tripod mount you can rotate the camera to set the image for any vertical or horizontal position. Detaching the Tripod Mount First remove the lens from the camera and then remove the tripod mount from the lens as shown below.
  • Page 16: Hood Mount

    11. Hood The special hoods that come with all these lenses cut out unwanted light and protect the front of the lens from rain, snow, and dust. To attach the hood, loosen the hood lock knob by turning it counterclockwise. Fit the hood onto the lens’s hood mount, and tighten the lock knob to fix it in place.
  • Page 17: Drop-In Filter

    13. Drop-In Filters A 52-series drop-in gelatin filter holder with a glass filter is included with the lens. The drop-in filter holder can be used fitted with a gelatin filter (sold separately). <Installing and Removing> To remove the drop-in filter, press in the left and right lock buttons and pull the filter holder straight up out of the slot.
  • Page 18 14. Extenders (Sold Separately) Lens specifications when using extender EF1.4× II/EF2× II are as follows. Focal length (mm) Aperture Diagonal Angle of view Vertical Horizontal Maximum magnification (×) Focal length (mm) Aperture Diagonal Angle of view Vertical Horizontal Maximum magnification (×) ●...
  • Page 19 Extenders (Sold Separately) ● When shooting with EOS A2/A2E/5 fitted with either the EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM or EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM, use –0.5 step exposure compensation when using extender EF1.4× II, and use –1 step exposure when using extender EF2× II. ●...
  • Page 20: Specifications

    The Close-up Lenses 250D and 500D cannot be attached. ● Aperture settings are specified on the camera. ● All data listed is measured according to Canon standards. ● Product specifications and appearance are subject to change without notice. EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM 300 mm f/2.8...
  • Page 21 Specifications Focal Length/Aperture Lens Construction Minimum Aperture Angle of View Min. Focusing Distance Max. Magnification Field of View Filter Max. Diameter and Length Weight Hood Lens Cap Case EF500mm f/4L IS USM 500 mm f/4 13 groups, 17 elements f/32 Diagonal: 5°...
  • Page 22 CT1-7524-012 © CANON INC. 1999 2009.7...