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LensRentals.com Tests the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x

LensRentals.com Tests the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x

From LensRentals.com
Roger over at LensRentals.com has taken some time to test a variety of Canon 400mm lenses, including the new EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x.

Roger’s initial take…
“I can’t say whether it’s worth the price or not, but I can certainly say it’s the sharpest zoom lens I’ve ever seen, with image quality rivaling the most expensive primes.”

He did note however, that the 200-400 is a bit shorter at the long end than the EF 400 f/2.8L IS II. They’ve come to the initial conclusion that it’s about 95% of the 400 2.8 primes focal length.

IMATEST Results for Canon 400mm Lenses

IMATEST Results for Canon 400mm Lenses

Read the post at LensRentals.com

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x $11,799

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Canon Announces EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon Announces EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

New EF-M Ultrawide
Canon today expands its range of EF-M lenses with the introduction of the new EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, this is Canon’s first ultra wide-angle EF lens to feature an Optical Image Stabilizer. Offering a versatile wide-angle zoom range, first-class optical performance, and a new retractable design, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM is the perfect addition for EOS M users who wish to capture their passion for landscapes and architecture.

Shoot the city, shoot the world
Designed to expand the range of creative possibilities and shooting subjects, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has an 11-22mm focal range which provides an incredibly wide field of view. This allows users to capture the environment around them whilst remaining close to the subject – ideal for adding drama and atmosphere to each shot.

Class-leading optics deliver incredible results
Engineered using the latest optical technologies, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM enables users to capture images with incredible levels of detail and quality. Manufactured using Canon’s professional quality standards, the lens uses Super Spectra Coatings designed to minimise ghosting and flare, providing beautiful results with every shot. Images are crisp and clear thanks to Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer, which works to keep image blur to a minimum by correcting camera shake. A 3-stop shutter speed advantage ensures high quality stills, even when light levels start to fade. Shooting smooth Full HD movies is easy using the advanced Dynamic IS mode which combats more exaggerated forms of camera shake that occur when shooting video on the move. Canon’s near-silent STM technology also ensures focus noise is supressed during movie capture, so the audience can enjoy crystal clear sound to match the visual quality of the footage captured.

Designed for performance and style
Incredibly compact and lightweight, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM has been designed to fit easily into the smallest of spaces so it can be carried everywhere. A new retractable lens design – a first for the EF lens range – locked in place by a switch, allows users to retract the lens back into the barrel when not in use. This keeps the body slim and compact, reducing the lens length by 13mm. An integrated full time manual focus ring also provides the freedom to make precise adjustments to focus as needed. Designed to complement the EOS M’s chic styling, the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM features a graphite silver, metal exterior, while the knurled focus and zoom rings are comfortable in the hand and provide easy operation.

EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM – key features:

  • Ultra-wide 11-22mm EF-M zoom lens
  • Compact, retractable lens design
  • Smooth, quiet STM focusing in movies
  • Dynamic IS for steady movies
  • 3-stop optical Image Stabilizer
  • High image quality
  • 0.15m minimum focusing distance
  • Manual focus ring

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The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Has Arrived!

Retail Version!
I was sitting around staring at the ceiling today, then the doorbell rang, and behold, the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x had arrived. A great sadness poured over my wife’s face, as she realized I would be gone all weekend.

It’s good to know that it’s actually real and shipping to retailers, it looks like it’s going to be a fun weekend!

I’m also planning to head back to Kenya in June if everything lines up, as it will be the perfect place to put this lens through its paces.

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x

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The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Has Landed in Canon Warehouses

The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Has Landed in Canon Warehouses

Oh Joy!
I have confirmation that quantities of the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x have landed in Canon warehouses in Canada and the United States. The lenses will be allocated and shipped to retailers in the next 48 hours if all goes to plan.

Not that anyone is looking forward to the lens or anything…….

We should have ours by Monday, and I have found the perfect cat and brick wall to test the lens out on.

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x $11,799

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Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability Info

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability Info

When are they coming?
I have confirmed that the new EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x will indeed hit some retailers before the end of May, and for the others the first week of June. Canon Canada expects and is telling retailers that they will have limited stock on May 27, 2013 in their warehouse. Retailers will have theirs a few days later.

There will not be a lot of lenses available on the initial run, most reps are saying only “preordered” quantities will be available until at least the middle of July.

If you have your preorder in, it looks like you should expect your new lens quite soon.

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x $11,799

If you don’t mind being gouged, you can also get one from a 100% ebayer that will ship it to you on May 31, 2013 from Japan.

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When is the New 100-400 Coming?

When is the New 100-400 Coming?

A question I am asked daily
We were told ages ago that any replacement of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS would happen after the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x had begun shipping. That time is nearly upon us.

The new 100-400 does indeed exist and is being actively tested, however Canon is in no rush to announce the lens. We’re told that the current 100-400 still sells at an amazing clip and outpaces the 70-300L by a 4 to 1 margin.

Canon may also be waiting to see how the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x sells, would people really hold off buying it if a new 100-400 was available?

With Nikon announcing their new 80-400, 2013 will probably be the year we finally see the new 100-400 from Canon. Here’s a patent for the new 100-400 optical formula, notice that the new design starts at f/4 instead of f/4.5.

Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS

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EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight

EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight

Stay tuned……..
As previously mentioned, the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x will be announced tonight, stay tuned for full coverage. Get your $12 grand ready!

I’ve had a chance to use the lens and will give you my thoughts!

Below is an overview of the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
Designed to satisfy the discriminating needs of sports and wildlife photographers, the EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X is a high-performance super telephoto zoom lens with an optically matched built-in 1.4x extender for maximum versatility. With a simple flick of a switch, the zoom range can be quickly increased to 280–560mm (f/5.6). This capability is extremely useful in applications where it is not possible to change lenses quickly, while also protecting delicate equipment such as a digital SLR camera’s image sensor in environments with dust and high humidity. The EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X incorporates one fluorite and four UD lens elements, which provide excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range for professional quality images with high resolution, contrast and color fidelity, while a 9-blade circular aperture helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds. It utilizes inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing. And, with Power Focus mode, focus shifts are quiet and smooth, which is essential for filmmaking. Image stabilization is effective up to four shutter speed steps, with three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) providing excellent results for a wide range of subjects. Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver outstanding color balance, while helping to minimize ghosting and flare. The lens is highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions. A fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces repels dust particles and makes the lens easier to clean.

MTF Charts

EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x MTF Charts

EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x MTF Charts

 

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EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Around the Corner? [CR1]

EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Around the Corner? [CR1]

Announcement in May?
Two people have contacted me saying that a Canon Rep has told them that the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x will be officially announced in May, 2013. It could be as early as Tuesday, May 14, 2013. The other date could be the previously mentioned May 31, 2013. We’re also told limited quantity would be available within 3 weeks of the announcement.

This comes from brand new sources, so keep in mind it’s CR1.

More to come…

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New Tilt-Shift Lenses in the Wild [CR2]

New Tilt-Shift Lenses in the Wild [CR2]

New Tilt-shifts on the horizon?
We’ve received reports that new tilt-shift lenses are being tested. The 45mm and 90mm have both been on the replacement clock for some time now, basically since the 17mm and 24mm tilt-shift lenses were released.

We’re told that the new lenses are scheduled to appear in early 2014 with a possible announcement shortly have Christmas.

A separate person has suggested a macro tilt-shift lens could also be on the distant horizon.

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EF 100-400 Replacement in 2013? [CR2]

EF 100-400 Replacement in 2013? [CR2]

Speculation has started again
We’ve received a few reports that an announcement for a replacement to the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS is “very possible for the end of August”. A few prototypes of the lens are currently in use in Asia.

This has been a lens that has been set for replacement as far back as I can remember. I think it’s more probable for release now that Nikon has put their new 80-400 out, which was an area of weakness for them.

We’ve heard from a few people that Canon is having manufacturing issues and that there’s a backlog of new lenses slated for production.

EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS at B&H Photo

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