Nikon 200-400mm f/4G Lens Gets $1000 Price Drop

Nikon 200-400mm f4G VR II

It looks like the Nikon 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II lens received an unannounced price drop of $1000, which brings it down to $5647.90. The lens launched at $6999 back in 2010.

The new price drop brings it below the street price of of the previous generation of this lens when it was replaced. This could spell an update for the 5-year-old lens with a new version that includes a fluorite element.

Stay tuned.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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.