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Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: May 14, 2013, 12:04:15 AM »

London, UK, 14 May 2013 – Canon today adds a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses, with the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x to Canon’s acclaimed L-series. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features a flexible 200-400mm focal range with a fixed f/4 aperture, 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer and for the first time in a commercially available lens, a built-in 1.4x extender. These features combine to provide an outstandingly versatile lens for professional sports or wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings also make it ideal for mobile use, combining with the finest quality optics to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions.


Get closer to the action with superior image quality

The reach of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is boosted by its internal 1.4x extender, which is engaged or disengaged at the flick of a lever to provide an extended focal length of 280mm to 560mm – allowing photographers to get even closer to distant action. Ensuring the highest image performance, the optical design includes both fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements, which help minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Advanced anti-reflection SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Super Spectra Coating also reduce ghosting and flare. Thanks to the use of the latest optical technologies, image performance is unaffected when the integrated extender is used.


With a constant f/4 aperture the use of high shutter speeds to capture fast-paced action or a low-light scene is possible. A newly designed optical Image Stabilizer, which provides users with a four stop advantage, while IS ‘Mode 3’ applies image stabilisation only at the time of exposure – ensuring that photographers can pan with fast-paced action without IS overcompensating for movement. This feature is ideal for sports photographers, who typically have only a split-second to capture a subject in front of them.


Powerful, flexible focusing

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features Canon’s pioneering ring-type Ultrasonic Motor providing fast, silent autofocusing. For those who prefer to fine-tune focus themselves, full-time manual override allows photographers to manually focus at any moment when using AF. The Power Focus (PF) mode also increases versatility during movie shooting with the EOS-1D C or EOS-1D X, enabling photographers to achieve an accurate pull-focus effect at one of two speeds, simply by twisting the focus recall ring and stopping at a pre-set distance.


High-performance design for professional demands

Designed to answer professional demands for superior image quality and versatile zoom range, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x a boasts a premium-quality design befitting Canon’s industry-renowned L-series lenses.


The tough magnesium alloy chassis ensures that, despite the inclusion of the 1.4x extender, the lens is a similar weight to lenses of comparable focal length. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens elements also reduce the ability of dirt to cling to the lens surface, while a dust and water-resistant construction allows photographers to shoot in challenging weather conditions. The combination of outstanding optical performance, versatility, weight and tough construction will make it an essential part of any professional sports or wildlife photographer’s kitbag.


EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x key features



  • Built-in 1.4x extender, for extra magnification when you need it

  • Shoot in low light with four-stop Image Stabilizer

  • High image quality using Fluorite lens elements

  • Fast AF with USM technology

  • Robust design for use in the toughest environments

































Focal Length & Maximum ApertureBuilt-in extender at 1x: 200-400mm, 1:4.0

Built-in extender at 1.4x: 280-560mm, 1:5.6
Lens ConstructionBuilt-in extender at 1x:

25 elements in 20 groups (incl. 1 rear filter)

Built-in extender at 1.4x:

33 elements in 24 groups (incl. 1 rear filter)
Diagonal Angle of ViewBuilt-in extender at 1x: 12°-6°10′

Built-in extender at 1.4x: 8°50′-4°25′
Focus AdjustmentInner focusing system
Closest Focusing Distance6.6 ft. / 2m
Filter Size52mm drop-In
Max. Diameter x Length, Weight5.0 x 14.4 inches, 127.7 oz. / 128 x 366mm, 3620g

Preorder the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Lens from: B&H Photo | Adorama | Amazon


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Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 12:11:59 AM »
$11,799 for preorder.

8 lbs. - a bit lighter than the 600/4 II but heavier than the 500/4 II.
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2013, 12:12:48 AM »
Available from 29th May.
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2013, 12:20:35 AM »
Available from 29th May.

Where did you spot this ??, in the announcement I couldn't find a release date, which i thought was amusing considering the Lens in the Original Announcement was supposed to be available December 2011.

I noticed DPReview has the May 29th date, but nothing from Canon that I could find.

And Canon are selling the Lens without a Case (The case is a $650 extra), first time I've seen that with a "Big White" and I currently own the 200/300/400 & 600, all came included with the case, strange indeed.
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2013, 12:36:22 AM »
And Canon are selling the Lens without a Case (The case is a $650 extra), first time I've seen that with a "Big White" and I currently own the 200/300/400 & 600, all came included with the case, strange indeed.

Both BH and Adorama says the lens case is included, unless I'm reading it wrong.
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2013, 01:41:20 AM »
Admittedly I would never want to spend this much on a single lense or piece of camera equipment, but I am struggling to see why for the convenience of having a built-in extender someone would pay so much for a relatively slow lense.
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2013, 01:49:45 AM »
Curious about the maximum magnification. B&H lists .15x, the same as the 400f2.8, but it has a much shorter minimum focus distance than the 400f2.8.

If the image actually warps that much in the last two feet of close focus I'm going to be disappointed.
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2013, 02:27:41 AM »
MTF charts look quite impressive.

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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2013, 02:36:00 AM »
Well it's up on the USA Canon site now, but still don't see a release date other than the one mentioned on DPReview.
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2013, 02:44:35 AM »
Available from 29th May.

Where did you spot this ??

I received a confirmation from a friend who got the information from Canon France.

On an aside though, in Europe France the lens is selling for priced at EUR 12,999.
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2013, 03:05:15 AM »

On an aside though, in Europe the lens is selling for EUR 12,999.

Depends on where in Europe you live.. :-(
In Sweden the price is set at €14050 or $18450 including our lovely 25% VAT..
That so steep it's ridiculous, meaning that us amateurs will never ever afford it..
Not even used..

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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2013, 03:06:48 AM »

On an aside though, in Europe the lens is selling for EUR 12,999.

Depends on where in Europe you live.. :-(
In Sweden the price is set at €14050 or $18450 including our lovely 25% VAT..
That so steep it's ridiculous, meaning that us amateurs will never ever afford it..
Not even used..

Thanks for pointing that out ... I've edited my post accordingly.
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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2013, 05:15:35 AM »
Anyone found out the Min Focus Distance yet? We've had every spec leaked and revealed except this one...lol!
It's kinda important along with it's Max Magnification....

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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2013, 05:25:28 AM »
MFD = 2 meters
magnification factor: 0.15x / 0.21x with extender

http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/product/lenses/EF200_400mm_f_4L_IS_USM_EXTENDER_1_4x.do

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Re: Announcement: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2013, 05:41:31 AM »
Comparing this with the Nikon 200-400

The Canon Lens is 1mm Longer, and 140Grams heavier, which is remarkable really when you consider it has the built in 1.4x converter. Minimum Focal Distance is the same, 2.0 metres.

We wont discuss the price difference though.
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