Canon has officially unveiled its EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM lens, which replaces the 16-year-old 100-400mm L lens predecessor. The new 100-400mm lens most obvious change is a rotating zoom ring design instead of the push-pull design from the older model. Additionally, the new lens offers improvements in image quality with a new optical formula and Image Stabilization performance up to four stops.
The lens has three Image Stabilization modes – standard, panning, and during exposure only. It also sports a weather sealed design and a magnesium housing. The new optical formula features one Fluorite element and one Super UD element, which helps suppress chromatic aberration throughout the zoom range.
The lens ships with a dedicated tripod foot and lens hood. It retails for $2199 and should be available in December 2014. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
More details in the press release below. [Read more…]
New rumors seem to confirm the growing evidence that the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens will be announced later this month and serve as a replacement to the old 100-400mm model. Digicame-Info, which is notoriously accurate with leaks, confirmed the model name of the new lens above as well as the lens hood as ET-83D.
The rumors further state the lens will be announced soon. Previously, several rumors pointed toward November as the announcement time frame, and that appears to be the case now. Expect more developments in the next week or two.
The new 100-400mm lens is rumored to be similar in design to the recent EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS lens, which offers a thinner focus ring near the base and a wider zoom ring near the front of the lens.
Additionally, the lens hood is rumored to feature a retractable opening that will allow you to adjust your circular polarizer or fader ND filter while keeping the lens hood on the lens.