Canon EOS-7D Mark II Set-up Tip & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Announced « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Canon EOS-7D Mark II Set-up Tip & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Announced

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The Streak Continues: 346

On Monday I started work on BAA Bulletin #469, answered a stack of e-mails, made motel arrangements for the Morro Bay IPT–remember, I will go with one :), enjoyed an easy 60-length swim in sunshine, and took a short nap. This blog post, the 346th in a row, took about 1 1/2 hours to prepare. It was published from my home at Indian Lake Estates just after 5:15am.

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Canon EOS-7D Mark II Histogram Set-up Tip

For several weeks I had been unable to figure out how to see both the luminance and RGB histograms on the same screen during image playback. With pretty much all recent Canon digital camera bodies you would simply toggle through the four different views during playback until you came to the one that displayed both histograms along with a thumbnail of the image and the shooting data.

As the 7D II comes out of the box only three views are displayed during playback and none of them feature both histograms. So, I e-mailed Rudy Winston and Chuck Westfall, two of Canon’s top tech reps. Chuck was the first to respond. He wrote, “Yes, it’s possible to see both histograms at the same time in playback mode on the 7D Mark II, but it’s different than with the older cameras. Start as usual by pressing the playback button, then press the Info button a couple of times if necessary to get to the screen that shows a histogram in the upper right corner. From that screen, scroll down with the joystick to reveal several different sets of information for the bottom half of the display. The second histogram is a couple of clicks down with the joystick.

I tried it and bingo. I had both histograms displayed. While I was happy for that and appreciative as always–Chuck and Rudy are always there when I need help and always respond quickly, me thinks that this is a bit of reverse engineering. Why? With the older cameras you could enjoy one screen with both histograms, a thumbnail with blinkies, and the shooting info. With the 7D II that–at least as far as I know, is not possible. The view with both histograms gives you the thumbnail and the lens info (including the focal length with a zoom lens). But not the shooting data. From there one press of the Info button gets you to the full frame image, and another superimposes the shooting data on the image. (Note that all of my cameras are set to “Rotate on computer only” so that both the horizontals and the verticals are displayed as full frame during playback.)

As usual, thanks a stack Chuck!


The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens was announced last night and is now available for pre-order.

My Take on the 1-4II

I wish that I had one for Bosque….

The new 1-4 is a twist zoom. Zillions of folks complained about the dust that was sucked into the lens and visible when you looked through the lens from the front element of the original 100-400 despite the fact that such dust never affected a single image. This new lens will surely be sharper than the original that was well sharper than most photographers. That said most folks including me find a twist zoom more convenient than a push-pull zoom. Both Denise Ippolito and I used and loved our 100-400s with great success over many years. Denise still owns and uses hers. I sold mine a few years back and replaced it with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens.

Though the new lens is about 1/2 pound heavier than the original version it will be easily hand holdable by most folks. It focuses much closer than the original 1-4, down to 3.2 feet or 97.54cm according to the recently published specs. This huge improvement in MFD, 6.6 feet or 2 meters for the original, turns this already versatile lens into a more than decent quasi-macro lens for flowers, butterflies, frogs, and other relatively small to medium-sized natural history subjects, all the while providing the narrow angle of view at 400mm that I love.

In short I can wait to get my hands on one, not only for Bosque but for my upcoming Southern Oceans trip….

The Spiel

The manufacturer’s take on things…

A long-reaching telephoto zoom characterized by a sophisticated optical design and advanced image stabilization technologies, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens is part of the esteemed L-series developed for full-frame EOS DSLRs. One fluorite element and one Super UD element have been incorporated into the lens’ construction, and both help to reduce aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range in order to deliver notable clarity, image sharpness, and faithful color reproduction. An Air Sphere Coating has also been applied to lens elements in order to reduce lens flare and ghosting for more contrast-rich imagery. Benefitting the optical components of the lens, a four-stop effective Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake and can be dedicated to different styles of shooting. Furthermore, a redeveloped rotation-type zoom ring pairs with an internal focusing mechanism, and an Ultrasonic Motor, to deliver quick and intuitive handling to benefit handheld shooting. Positioned as a versatile option for sports and wildlife photographers, this lens’ list of attributes make it a viable telephoto zoom for a variety of shooting applications.

Housed within a weather-resistant barrel, this lens also features fluorine coatings on the front and rear elements for protection against fingerprints and smudges from affecting image quality. Zoom control is complemented by a dedicated tension ring for adjusting zoom torque. Additionally, other refined design elements include a tripod collar that can be attached or detached with the lens mounted to the camera and an included lens hood that permits easy control over specialty filters with the hood in place.

Telephoto zoom 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 lens is compatible with full-frame EOS DSLRs, as well as APS-C sized sensors where it will provide a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 160-640mm. One fluorite element and one Super UD (Ultra Low Dispersion) element help to correct chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range for a high degree of sharpness, clarity, and color accuracy.

An Air Sphere Coating (ASC) has been applied to lens elements to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting for maintained light transmission and high contrast in strong lighting conditions. An Optical Image Stabilizer helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to four shutter speed stops to better enable working in low-light conditions and with slower shutter speeds. Additionally, three dedicated image stabilization modes are available-Standard, Panning, and During Exposure Only-and can be selectively employed to suit a variety of types of shooting.

An Ultrasonic Motor (USM), along with an internal focusing system, high-speed CPU, and optimized AF algorithms, are employed to deliver fast, precise, and near-silent autofocus performance. The rotation-type zoom ring offers precise adjustment between zoom positions, especially when shooting handheld, and a zoom torque adjustment ring enables easy setting of the zoom tension for personalized control. A weather-resistant design protects the lens from dust and moisture to enable its use in inclement conditions. Additionally, fluorine coatings have also been applied to the front and rear lens elements for further protection against fingerprints and smudging. Nine rounded diaphragm blades contribute to a pleasing out of focus quality that benefits the use of shallow depth of field and selective focus techniques. A redeveloped tripod collar can be attached or detached from the lens without having to remove the lens from the camera.

The included ET-83D lens hood incorporates a side window for easier adjustment of rotating filters with the hood in place.

You can pre-order your 100-400II by clicking here.

The Flourine Coating

A new Fluorine anti-smear coating is applied to the front and rear elements of the EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, on top of the anti-reflection multicoating layers. This new coating, which also appears on all L-series EF lenses released since 2010 as well as the Series III EF Extenders, is scratch-resistant as well as extremely oil-and water-repellent. It easily deflects these liquids so that they can be wiped off with a soft, clean, dry cloth with no need for lens cleaning solutions. The Fluorine coating on the new lenses is similar in composition to the Fluorine coatings found on the exterior surfaces of the LCD ClearView screens for EOS models released since 2009, as well as the surfaces of the anti-aliasing low-pass filters found on most EOS models equipped with the EOS Integrated Cleaning System. Canon’s Fluorine lens coating is completely transparent and neutral in terms of color balance, so its effects are expected to be completely beneficial to photographers using the new lenses and extenders.


I learned on 11/16/14 from Chuck Westfall that the ET-83D lens hood does not fit the old lens and vice versa. It was announced only as a replacement.

What’s Up?

Under “Overview” it mentions the “included ET-83D lens hood.” Under the description of an apparently separate project, it states that this item is a replacement for the original hood included with the lens…. I have e-mailed Chuck Westfall and Rudy Winston at Canon and will report back once I hear from them and let everyone know what’s up.

Though it does not mention it specifically that the new hood, whether included or not, will surely snap securely into place, unlike the lens hood on the original 1-4 which fell off the lens often, often without provocation.

Canon ET-83D Lens Hood

The Canon ET-83D Lens Hood is dedicated to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens and helps to minimize flare by deflecting stray light from entering the lens. Its design incorporates a side window for easier adjustment of specialty rotating filters while the hood is in place. Additionally, the hood also provides additional protection to the lens from accidental impacts, bumps, and scratching.

This item is a replacement for the original hood included with the lens.

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Thanks Doug Schurman!

Thanks a stack to Doug Sherman sent me this e-mail along with his B&H receipt for the new 100-400 II:

Hello Artie,

I used your general B&H link tonight and pre-ordered the new Canon 100-400 lens. I cancelled my Sigma Tele zoom order when this lens was announced. I just hope I can get it before I leave for New Zealand on Dec 15th.

Doug Schurman

Does anyone know the estimated ship date? Let’s not forget that the 7D II was originally not supposed to ship until the end of November. Not to mention how great the 100-400II will be with a 7d Mark II….

Thanks to Kirk Stitt, via e-mail

AM: Hi Kirk, re:

KS: Thanks for the notice on this lens.

AM: You are most welcome. Thanks a stack for using our link.

KS: It should be great with the 7D M II for hand held use.

AM: For sure. It will open up whole new worlds for beginning bird, wildlife, and nature photographers.

KS: Is there any word on IQ with the 1.4xTC?

AM: No, but I am sure that in competent hands, as always, that that combo will produce superb images.

KS: See you at the Bosque. Is there any word on the bird count there?

AM: See you there. The birds have been arriving in good numbers for at least a week.

KS: Good shooting to you, Kirk

AM: Thanks and ditto I get to New Mexico on Thursday afternoon and am looking forward to my 20th consecutive fall visit to one of my very favorite soul places. We still have some room on each IPT and on several of the Festival-related events as well. Later and love, artie


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Canon Telephoto Lens Specifications, Info, and Links; Bookmark This Page!

I have added the 100-400II to the chart here. Bookmark this page and consult it often as it makes comparing different lenses and easy chore. The chart includes weight in both pounds and kilograms, MFDs in feet and inches and in meters, magnification, filter size, and the year of introduction.


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27 comments to Canon EOS-7D Mark II Set-up Tip & Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens Announced

  • avatar mj apringett

    Glad to see the cranes are arriving down south, we just had 14 inches of snow, so our Cranes will be departing from Crex Meadows in NW Wisconsin very soon, happy day, MJ

  • Re the old 100-400 lens hood: 2 half inch pieces of scotch tape around the camera end of the hood, opposite each other, makes the hood “snug as a bug…”

    Mike in CT

  • avatar Andrea Boyle

    I heard that the lens hood would allow for adjustment of a filter. I’m thinking there might be a groove or space in it for adjusting a polarizer while it is on the camera rather than trying to do that under the hood? I’m hoping I can consider one next year, if reviews are favorable; I would love to add something of this range to my collection if it fits!

  • avatar Jerry Murray

    so will the new 100 to 400 work on the old Mark IV camera?
    I still use my old 100-400 a lot and have never had a problem with the old lens hood. 🙂

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Of course to the former. As to the latter, you are a lucky man. Whenever I have seen one in the field it has fallen off. i have seen more than a few fall off into the moats at Gatorland and St. Augustine :). artie

  • avatar Larry Brown

    Thanks for the information on how to display both histograms. I could not find it either. I also am trying to get my 7D !! set up the way that I like for things to be.

  • avatar James McIntyre

    You may be amused to know that similar confusion re the spelling of fluorine, fluoride and fluorite has arisen in the debate over fluoridation of drinking water in the U.S., as recommended by the ADA. A woman here in Utah, a member of the Eagle Forum, strongly opposed fluoridation, but her misspellings destroyed her scientific credibility. I suspect she does’t know much about eagles either, even though hundreds overwinter here. FYI, drinking water in FL is now almost 100% fluoridated:


  • I could not locate the MTF chart on this lens, is it available?

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Don’t know. I never look at them. I do it the old fashioned way: I go out and make pictures :). a

  • avatar Bill Richardson

    I never shared your enthusiasm for the old 100-400. I tried 2 and was very disappointed in each Neither was sharp over 300mm (granted, this was before micro adjustments) All the new Canon lenses have been excellent so I am optimistic about this one. I too wonder if it will replace my lovely 70-200f2.8II with 2x though.

  • avatar Ken Pride

    Temptation and indecision. Sold my old 1-4 for the new 70-200f2.8 II and 1.4/2.0 TCIII, now what do I do? Thought about getting the 400f2.8 II ($11,000) or the new 1-4 ($2100). Guess I’ll wait an see what the consensus is on the new 1-4 before making any decisions.

  • avatar Brooke

    Just read the Canon press release for the new 100-400, which, near the end says, “Included with the lens is the new ET-83D lens hood, that features a cleverly placed and convenient side window allowing the user to easily adjust specialty filters while the lens hood remains in place.”

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Thanks, and yes it is included as it should be. I am trying to find out if the new hood fits the older lens….. artie

  • avatar Brooke

    I read your blog daily and have purchased all your books, e-books, and instructions manuals. These are my photography bibles! I just used both your affiliate links to purchase the new 100-400 and the new lens hood.

    Thanks for all you do! -Brooke

  • avatar Ed Godoy

    Any news if the new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Lens is compatible with Canon Extender EF 1.4XIII and EF 2x III?



  • avatar Jim Kranick

    Thanks for adding the new 100-400 to the telephoto spec page so quickly.

    I wonder if B&H will offer the 7D2 and 100-400 2 at a package discount? I would/could replace my older 7D and 100-400 L at the same time if they did.

    It would help my plan to also eventually replace my old 500 f/4L IS and 1.4x TC II with the newer 500mm f/4L IS II and TC IIIs.

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      I thought of that too but with both products likely to be in huge demand for some time to come I would not be holding my breath….. I believe that sSuch deals are almost always generated by the mfr….

  • avatar wtlloyd

    Artie, I believe the separate hood listing is meant for retrofitting to the existing version I lens…that side window allowing polarizer access should have been incorporated years ago!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hey Bill, You may very well be right. I will update as soon as I hear anything definitive. I am thrilled that you will be joining us on the UK Pufffins and Gannets IPT early next summer. later and love, artie

  • avatar Jon

    Artie this looks like a very versatile lens to me, I will look into the possibility of ordering one from you because the price in UK is likely to be £2,000. I have read the information and there is mention of “Air Sphere and Fluorine Lens Coatings”, I hope to heck this is a mistake!! Fluorite sounds like a good idea but fluorine,(????) the Health and Safety Executive would have a field day in UK!!

    • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

      Hi John, Flourite, flourine. It’s all the same to me :). I just sent you the B&H landed cost calculator. It enables overseas folks to determine the total cost of an item to their doorstep including all custom fees, VAT, etc. artie

      • avatar David Policansky

        Hi, Artie. Well, flourite and flourine probably don’t exist. “Flourite” sounds like a flour derivative! Fluorine is an element that is a gas at room temperature, and not a pleasant one (read highly toxic and very reactive); fluorite is calcium fluoride, a mineral that occurs naturally in crystalline form. Canon makes fluorite synthetically and puts it in (especially telephoto) lenses to reduce chromatic aberration.

        Thanks for the information on the 100-400 II lens. I wonder if it will make me give up my beloved 400 f/5.6L? It sounds great. I look forward to seeing you and Denise and Kirk Stitt and others at Bosque. There are lots of cranes flying around the Rio Grande valley right now.