Final Ten Tribute

A Tribute to the EF 100-400mm Mark II Lens (Podcast 719)

This week I selected my favorite ten images shot with the Canon EF 100-400mm Mark II lens, as a tribute to a wonderful piece of engineering I let go.

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  • Mike Cristina
    Posted at 23:25h, 24 September Reply

    Hi Martin,
    Thanks for the email. I’m a serious amateur (
    I’m probably going to buy an R5, but why shouldn’t I continue using my 100-400 II with a 2.0 extender III?
    Thanks again,

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:27h, 25 September Reply

      Hi Mike,

      There is no reason at all for you to not continue to use your EF 100-400mm with the 2.0X Extender. I have many shots with that combination, even after going to the EOS R, so I’m certainly not going to tell you that you must change. Now, if at some point you are able to change, the extra 100mm of reach is very nice, and the image quality with the 2X Extender is better, but your current setup is totally acceptable.

      Have fun!


  • David H Sherman
    Posted at 03:32h, 25 September Reply

    Great Shots!!

  • Bruce McDonald
    Posted at 08:20h, 25 September Reply

    Very enjoyable to see and hear about these 10 great images. Selection of the best is a difficult process but in saying this I think that most of us would be happy to have shot and processed any of the 160 initially considered.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:39h, 25 September Reply

      Hi Bruce,

      It’s great to hear from you! Thanks for the kind words!

      Stay well mate!


  • Anthony Martin
    Posted at 19:01h, 29 September Reply

    Hi Martin,

    Nice episode and great images. I recently let my EF 100-400 mk 2 go in favor of the 100-5oo RF lens (I sold it to Sadly, I am one of the rare people who got a copy of the 1-4 that was just never right on any of my bodies, including my 70D, 80D, 7Dm2, 5DM4, 5DS R, and 90D. I simply could not get it adjusted to yield sharp images on those bodies that matched up to my 400 f/5.6L, 400 f/4 DO Mk 2, and 500 f/4 Mk 2. It was the odd one out and was also a lens that was to play an important role in the kind of photography I like to do (butterflies, dragons, and even close up birds). I probably should have sent it to Canon but I let it sit until the R5 came to town and once they announced the 1-500, I knew I had to have it for the lighter weight, better IS, and the extra 100 mm of focal length. Old well.

    I just bought your app. I like having all of those features in a single app, too.


    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 17:57h, 01 October Reply

      Sorry to hear that Anthony! I did hear of a few people that had duff copies, although I cannot recall if it was the 100-400mm. I’d be all over Canon if I got a lens that did not live up to my expectations. I wouldn’t like to be the guy that bought it from you either. 🙂

      Good luck with your 100-500mm lens though. This is one classy piece of glass.

      Thanks for buying Photographer’s Friend! I have an update coming very soon that really takes it to the next level, although some new features will require a few dollars to activate. They’ve taken months of work, so I can’t make them available for free this time around. Stay tuned!


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