Canon EF 300-600mm f/5.6 with 1.4x Teleconverter Lens Patent Surfaces

Canon 200-400mm

The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with built-in 1.4x teleconverter has been a wildly popular topic over the past year, with virtually everyone who has used it giving the lens nothing but praise. For a $12,000 lens, it seems to get around quite a bit.

It really shouldn’t come as much surprise that Canon may be leaning toward other optical formulas that use a built-in teleconverter. [Read more...]

Canon Releases 1D Mark IV Firmware Version 1.1.3

1D Mark IV

Canon has released a firmware update for the 1D Mark IV. Firmware version 1.1.3 adds the following improvements and fixes:

  1. Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens and an Extender, whose combined maximum aperture is f/8.
  2. Fixes a phenomenon in which abnormal images may result when continuous shooting mode is enabled and the image size is set to “RAW” or “RAW+JPEG”.

You can download the firmware update and get instructions on how to install it here on Canon’s website.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens Shipping this Week

Canon 200-400mm

The highly-anticipated Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with the built-in 1.4x extender should be shipping later this week. According to Canon Rumors, the lens has arrived in Canon warehouses in the US and Canada.

Accordingly, we should see the new lens arriving at US retailers later this week. Based on the hype surrounding this lens, including the rave reviews from Olympic photographers, expect there to be some pre-orders stacking up, which could lead to some delays in meeting the demand. You can check availability here at B&H Photo and here at Adorama.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender Officially Announced w/ Pricing and Shipping Dates

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender

The long-awaited Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens with built-in 1.4x extender is now officially official and can be purchased for $11,799. Better yet, it should start shipping in a couple of weeks at “the end of May.”

The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM can be pre-ordered here at B&H Photo and here at Adorama.

Based on the hype surrounding this lens, including the rave reviews from Olympic photographers, expect there to be some pre-orders stacking up, which could lead to some delays in meeting the demand. [Read more...]

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L Lens Announcement Due Tonight?

Canon 200-400mm

[Update: It's official. The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM can be pre-ordered here at B&H Photo and here at Adorama.]

Sources are pointing to an announcement later tonight for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L lens with the 1.4x built-in converter. The expected price is around $12,000.

See our previous Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM hands-on report from the Olympics courtesy of Jeff Cable. [Read more...]

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Hands-On Review

Canon 200-400mm

Australian photographer Joshua Holko recently had the opportunity to shoot for several days with the upcoming Canon 200-400mm f/4L IS lens. (Recall that we had one of the first hands-on reports of this lens from Jeff Cable using the lens at the 2012 London Olympics.)

Holko put together a brief video review that touches on some of the key aspects of the lens, including the overall image quality compared to lenses like the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS, its use with the Canon 2x teleconverter and the rumored $11k-$13k price point.

Check out the video below. [Read more...]

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM in Use at Olympics

Canon 200-400mm

Canon apparently has some loaners of the upcoming EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens on hand at the Olympics.  The development of this lens was announced alongside the official unveiling of the new EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM lenses – both of which are now starting to trickle into commercial availability.

As I was reading Jeff Cable’s update from London today, I noticed that he dropped by the Canon loan desk to borrow one of these new lenses.

I contacted Jeff to see what his thoughts are on the lens; however, I know he’s busy over there and it may be a few days before I hear back.  In the mean time, you can follow Jeff’s action in London over on his blog.

Hopefully, this is a good sign for the availability of this lens and Canon will begin shipping it out to the mass market sooner rather than later.

Stay tuned.