New Canon 100-400 II Lens
Since the new Canon 100-400 II lens came out, I’ve been reading the positive reviews and finally decided to take the plunge and replace my old 100-400. Unfortunately, my usual source for camera gear, B&H, along with most of the other reliable on-line retailers have been out of stock for several weeks. Ended up getting it at a local Best Buy.
Purchased my old 100-400 back in 2005 and used it for wildlife photography until I got my 500mm lens a couple of years ago. It’s been a great lens but needs some repairs. The rotating collar is worn out, for the second time, one of screw holes for the collar alignment pins has stripped out, and it needs to be torn apart and cleaned internally with some dust on the inner lens. Decided to invest in the new lens with its improved image stabilization instead of spending a few hundred dollars to repair the old one.
First impressions out of the box compared to the original model is that it’s a little heavier, the hood design is much improved, the rotating collar appears to be a better design and obviously the push-pull zoom design has been replaced with a twist zoom design. It will take some getting used to the new zoom mechanism as I loved the push-pull.
Will be taking the new lens along on some upcoming photography trips. I’m anxious to get it out into the field to try it out. I’ve ordered a RRS replacement foot to keep from having to add a plate like on my old lens and I’m not thrilled with the twist lock on the foot that comes with the new lens. This will be my go-to airshow lens and lens when shorter focal lengths are in order.
Here is a photo of the old and new 100-400. I’ll post some photos taken with the new lens when I’ve had a chance to try it out. Of course, it’s supposed to rain all weekend in SE Texas.