Designed to withstand the harsh demands of the world’s elite sports and wildlife photographers, Canon’s $11,000 EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X high-performance super telephoto zoom lens is a beast of a piece of glass.

While the specs – which includes a switch for increasing the zoom range from 200-400mm to 280-560mm at the flick of a switch – are certainly impressive, it’s the guts and part design considerations inside of a lens like this that deserve some true appreciation.

With hundreds of precise mechanical and optical parts, the EF200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is nothing short of an engineering masterpiece – particularly as it’s designed to take ridiculously sharp photographs while withstanding some of the harshest environments in the world.


Using stop motion animation, Canon recently unveiled the precise inner construction of the lens with a series of exploded views that go deeper into the lens’ subassemblies:

If you’re in the market for an $11,000 super telephoto lens, find out more by heading over to Canon.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.