The brand new and highly anticipated Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II will begin shipping on Friday, December 12, 2014 from various USA retailers. We expect to see a few start shipping a bit earlier in Asia. We’re told initial stock levels are going to be quite high to match the preorder numbers. B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon all ship preorders on a first come, first serve basis. We’ve heard reports of sites claiming their preorders get front of the line treatment from the big retailers, which simply isn’t true.
Preorder EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II $2199: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
The Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II is also scheduled to start shipping on Friday, December 12, 2014 from US retailers. We don’t know how many of these are going to be out there or how long preorder lists currently are.
Preorder Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II $6899: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
We’re told that that Canon will replace their 35mm f/1.4L following the announcement and shipping of the upcoming EF 11-24mm f/4L, which has been rumoured since August. We’re told that an announcement date hasn’t been set, however the lens could appear as early as Q1 of 2015, or fall into the second quarter of next year.
This lens has been rumoured for replacement since the EF 24mm f/1.4L II was announced back in 2008. There have been a lot of patents for such a lens, but nothing has come to fruition.
Canon Explorer of Light Danny Green has put the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II through the paces for the CPN. While there’s no way the article would say anything negative about the lens, all the positives about it are worth noting.
“This EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens has the new, special Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology that incorporate what Canon calls a low refractive index layer. It took me a while to get my head around this, but it’s fascinating. Basically, when light enters a lens, it slows down as it passes from the air through the glass. This slowing down in speed is what causes reflections and flare, causing problems such as ghosting and contrast degradation.”
“It works with an EF1.4x converter* too, unlike the old 100-400 which would only let you manual focus with it fitted. With this new lens you can use AF no problem with the central focusing point. Another big step forward.”
Read the full article at CPN | EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
Canon China has posted a few sample images from the upcoming Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II which starts shipping in December, 2014.
Image from Canon China
View Sample Images | Preorder EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon
Over at the German site for the Canon CPN network, we can see the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L listed. This lens has been previously rumoured, but no announcement date has been set. We’ve heard the price for this lens will be around $2899 USD and it will be a stellar performer.
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The Google Translated text reads
“The EF11-24mm 1 : 4L USM is the longest ultra wide -angle zoom lens for Volformat cameras by Canon . It is characterized by the completely new design , new lens coating and its unrivaled performance .”