New Canon 500mm & 600mm Lenses Available in May 2012

Canon 600mm f/4L IS II

Canon USA has issued an update on the availability of its 500mm f/4L IS II and 600mm f/4L IS II lenses, which were previously announced in February 2011.  Initially, the lenses were set to be available in May and June 2011; however, that was pushed back until December 2011 and ultimately listed as TBD for the availability of both models.

Now, Canon says that both lenses will be available in May 2012.  Currently, B&H lists the availability for each lens as April 25, 2012.  Check the following links.

Canon 500mm f/4L IS II @ B&H

Canon 600mm f/4L IS II @ B&H


Canon EF 24-70mm II, 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lenses Announced

Canon New Lenses Feb 2012

Canon launched 3 new lenses today – a new standard zoom and two stabilized primes. These are all EF lenses with full-frame coverage.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – Priced at $2299. Available in April.

Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM – Priced at $849. Available in June.

Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM – Priced at $799. Available in June.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]

Canon EF 300mm & 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lenses Now Available

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens

The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II and 400mm f/2.8L IS II lenses have been available at times in limited quality; however, it looks like B&H has them both available now.  Hit the links above for details.

Note that the 400mm lens is listed as “available for pre-order” which generally means that B&H expects it to be in stock and shipping out to customers within the next few days.

Canon Bringing Back Lens Aperture Rings for HDSLR Video

Canon Lens Aperture Ring

Anyone who has shot video with a Canon DSLR recognizes that smooth iris pulls are impossible while recording with Canon’s EF lenses.  In one of the more interesting patent applications of late, Canon revealed that it is working on new lenses with aperture rings for adjusting aperture settings during video capture. [Read more…]