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Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« on: February 11, 2012, 06:56:00 AM »
Canon 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Received word that we can expect to see a direct replacement of the aging EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS sometime in 2012. It has been rumored quite often that a replacement was coming. Some of those rumors may have been talking about the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x.

We have the patent from a few months ago to get an idea of the optical formula.

I was told it would be in the $3000 price range, have a rotating zoom, weigh less, be slightly faster on the wide end at f/4 and carry the latest and greatest coatings and IS.

As with most lenses, an exact announcement date is unknown at this time.

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Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2012, 07:02:17 AM »
Thank you Canon. Can't get here fast enough.
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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #2 on: February 11, 2012, 07:06:03 AM »
Not a surprise they'll go for a twist zoom, but I really like the push-pull. Will have to wait and see what they do to the rest of it.
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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2012, 07:28:02 AM »
Not a surprise they'll go for a twist zoom, but I really like the push-pull. Will have to wait and see what they do to the rest of it.
I like the push-pull for getting quickly from one end of the zoom range to the other when there is lots of action happening at once, but to be truthful, it's not very precise in the middle ranges. Trying to adjust between 150mm & 350mm can be a little tricky to do precisely on the fly. Still, I know I'm usually either at one end or another so it's great for that.

Let's hope for a big bump in IQ and better control of chromatic aberration.

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #4 on: February 11, 2012, 07:30:24 AM »
price goes up and up and up.... :(

the 100-400mm is 1200 euros here.
new one 3000$ and i guess it will be 1:1 = 3000 euro..... 

great...  >:(

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #5 on: February 11, 2012, 07:38:06 AM »
the 100-400mm is a lens i sell to amateurs quite often.
i guess the new one will not sell as well. 

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2012, 07:56:26 AM »
the 100-400mm is a lens i sell to amateurs quite often.
i guess the new one will not sell as well.

While I hate to jump on the complaining about price train, I agree.  It seems that Canon is making it's money from casual consumers and people with a lot of money (by what they're releasing).

Maybe they'll surprise us, but I get the nasty feeling that the 500-1500 range will be haunted by either higher-end EF-S stuff or 'still not L quality' lenses. 

Don't get me wrong, lenses like the 15-85mm were priced fine IMO, and it's great quality, but I just get the sneaky suspicion that the next 'kit lens' for the prosumer bodies will be in the $2k range . . .
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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #6 on: February 11, 2012, 07:56:26 AM »

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2012, 08:01:49 AM »
It's a double-edged sword is it not? We want better quality, we want higher MP sensors (well not everyone), and we want it for the same price as we paid for the previous iteration...

As per CR guys recent posts, Canon like Nikon are upgrading all their lenses to match the next iteration of high quality sensors. Does the price (fairly) reflect the cost of developing higher quality lenses or are they making some creative leaps in pricing to make up for any loses on bodies?

The 100-400mm was my first L lens, and boy did I get a duff copy. If I could get a reliable replacement, with increased quality, and it would do me for the next 2-3 generations of dSLR bodies then I would be happy, but everyone has different requirements.

It will be interesting to see if Canon intentionally nobble the successor in the same way they have for the 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS so it can't take a 1.4x converter to protect it from impacting on the 200-400mm. I suspect they will, which is a shame....

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2012, 08:20:46 AM »
Will it take a 1.4x extender? Only thing that annoys me about my 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM "the stump" is that it can't take the Canon brand 1.4x which would push it to 420mm (but at f/8). Well the fact the tripod collar doesn't come with it is annoying, but yeah that can be fixed with $$.

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2012, 08:32:33 AM »
Just in time for my xmas present to myself  :) Still waiting to give myself last years present, but the 5d3 is taking it's time...

Price is a bit steep though. Double the current model. Any1 know what the current one cost when it first came out?

What's this about the 1.4x? What about the 2x? I was kind of hoping of having a 16-800mm system...

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2012, 08:34:55 AM »
This one was expected for a long time and will be a terrific lens ! Wait and see for the real price because the one announced is 1000$ more expensive than a 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II and i doubt it 'll be that much...

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2012, 08:37:12 AM »
I hope it won't delayed the new 300mm f/4 L IS II ;)

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2012, 08:42:03 AM »
Are we/you quite certain it won't be push-pull?

If so, maybe the patents we've seen aren't the same lens. The current lens is 193mm-272mm in length. Both patents have it at 228-288mm in length. While not impossible, I don't see it as likely that a twist zoom would be physically longer than a push-pull.

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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2012, 10:31:00 AM »
Given the expected price tag, I think I'm very glad I pulled the trigger on the current model.

Wondering if this will finally encourage Tokina to release their long-awaited 100-400 stabilized zoom. Given the quality of their other offerings, they could capture quite a bit of the market.
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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2012, 11:27:19 AM »
I agree, 80-100% price increases for the most popular lens updates is getting a little tired.  While this lens could use some improvements, I'd rather see a traditional 400 f4 IS prime to replace the DO, price it in the 3-4k range and Canon would sell a boatload.  I'm actually hoping Sigma decides to release a 400 2.8 with their new optical formula....
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Re: Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS in 2012 [CR2]
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