My New Lens for Safari: the Canon EF 400mm DO

While on safari I like to keep my equipment streamlined and light.  Over many years photographing in South Africa, my Canon 70 – 200mm f2.8 has taken the bulk of my wildlife images. I have now updated my long lens to the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM Lens with the EF 1.4 x II extender

This new addition plus my other lenses gives me full coverage for everything except the far, far distant shots – which don’t happen that often since the wildlife in South Africa tends to be close. It is also comparatively light and compact.

Features of the Canon EF 400

  • Full Frame
  • Gapless dual-layer diffractive optics
  • Aperture range f/4 to f/32
  • One Aspherical Element, One UD Element
  • Advanced image stabilization technology
  • Corrects for chromatic and spherical aberrations
  • Especially important to me is that it is relatively light weight and compact (much better than my former 400mm lens!)
  • Fluorine coating on the front and rear elements for protection against fingerprints etc.
  • AF stop buttons for focusing located on the front of the lens as well as full time manual focus override and power focus mode for smooth shifting.
  • Compatible with the EF 1.4 and EF 2x teleconverters

I find this lens to be very easy to travel with, carry, and shoot with while on safari; either from a vehicle with a monopod or while on the ground with a tripod. It offers me the correct range for shooting wildlife while on safari, for bears, or polar bears.

If my trips were more birding oriented I would travel with a longer lens, but I am happy with the combo I have for now.

Images Taken with my Canon EF 400mm