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Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Development Announced
« on: February 07, 2011, 12:30:11 AM »

London, UK, 7th February 2011 – Canon today announces the development of a telephoto zoom lens featuring an integrated focal length extender – the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x. The lens will be displayed for the first time during CP+, held in Yokohama, Japan.


Designed for Canon’s leading range of EOS Digital SLR cameras, the new lens will be an ideal addition for sports and wildlife photographers, offering exceptional flexibility with a built-in 1.4x extender that creates an increased focal range of 280 – 560mm.


Perfect for photographers who require high performance, fast aperture and a flexible telephoto range, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4× will enable photographers to shoot a greater breadth of subjects using a single lens, delivering the best possible image quality at all focal lengths.


Developed as a new addition to Canon’s acclaimed L-series of professional lenses, the new lens will offer an unsurpassed combination of versatility, first-class optical performance and an enhanced weather-proof construction. The model will be released as part of Canon’s continued development of its EF lens line-up, offering enhanced performance and improved functions that cater for the needs of photographers from beginners through to professionals.


The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x is scheduled for launch during 2011.


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Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Development Announced
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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Announced
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2011, 12:45:34 AM »
Wow, this one sure came out of left field.  Any word on price?

I'll be the first to guess...  My first thought was $2699, that seems a little low, but there is't really anything to compare it to.

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Announced
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2011, 12:47:21 AM »
Oh wow. I wasn't expecting that. But, man do I want one.

Cost and tonnage? Both probably more than I want but I can still dream.

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Announced
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2011, 12:57:09 AM »
I will wager $7499 USD.
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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Announced
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2011, 01:04:00 AM »
I will wager $7499 USD.

I got my number by taking the 100-400, and adding 50%; but looking at the pricing of f/4L primes in that range, your numbers look more realistic.

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Announced
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2011, 01:04:57 AM »
... drool ...

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Announced
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2011, 01:06:09 AM »
Has Canon ever made a lens with a built in teleconverter?  I thought they were having manufacturing problems?  With this many new lenses announced, does this mean they're fixed?

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Announced
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2011, 01:17:36 AM »
Has Canon ever made a lens with a built in teleconverter?  I thought they were having manufacturing problems?  With this many new lenses announced, does this mean they're fixed?

Well, this is a "development" announcement. So they have 10 months left in 2011 to start making them for customers.
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« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2011, 01:24:31 AM »
Sure! Canon's been making scores of lenses with built-in extenders for many years now. They're just all video lenses. I have 3 at work, with one costing about $25k (a couple Fujinons with extenders too).

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Development Announced
« Reply #9 on: February 07, 2011, 02:33:15 AM »
I guess we can safely say that the new 70-300L isn't the new 100-400.

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Development Announced
« Reply #10 on: February 07, 2011, 03:00:53 AM »
They don't say if the 1.4x extender changes the f-stop from 4 to 5.6...

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« Reply #11 on: February 07, 2011, 03:13:20 AM »
This lens might be Canon's response to the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 VR, and the early announcement might be an attempt to keep people from jumping brand. This would mean this lens' price would be similar to that of the Nikon (read: ~$6,500), possibly with a premium for the built-in 1.4x extender.

That would mean this lens doesn't replace the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 (which, I assume, competes with Nikon AF VR Zoom-Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED).


The photo has a metal loop that I think is not a part of the lens, but rather a part of an anti-theft device (the one with a metal wire that has a lock on one side, and a big lump on the other side that wouldn't pass through the loop).

If I'm right, that might mean that the lens isn't just being display (as in, maybe this is just a mockup in a glass box), but a prototype that people can play with in CP+ (Feb 9th-Feb 12th, - in a couple of days), which means production could be significantly closer than Dec 31st.

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Development Announced
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2011, 03:17:15 AM »
They don't say if the 1.4x extender changes the f-stop from 4 to 5.6...

The answer to that would be "yes." It's called "physics."
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« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2011, 03:35:40 AM »
I am impressed ! I guess $7500 as an initial price.  Ouch !

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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Development Announced
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2011, 04:06:30 AM »
Here's more pics at Japan's digicam watch article:

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20110207_425556.html

looks like there's a big switch on the side to turn the extender on and off.

Looks like everyone is concerned about price and size of this promising new comer...
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Re: Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS Development Announced
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