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Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4X [CR2]

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4X [CR2]

When’s it coming?
The Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x was mentioned as an in development product by Canon back in February, 2011. A lot of us expected an official product announcement sometime in the following 6 months, however that hasn’t happened. The perceived delay is probably due to Canon wanting to get the new 500 & 600 super telephotos into the hands of photographers first. Shipments have started in small numbers, and stock levels should improve in the coming months.

I have been told that an official announcement has been delayed a few times, however we may see it finally announced in June, 2012. There is also a possibility of it not being announced until the pre-Photokina announcements in August or September. You can “almost guarantee” it won’t be announced after Photokina I’m told.

Availability? I would expect late 2012 or early 2013. The price I have heard for this lens will be in the are of $10,999 USD.

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Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Finally Ready? [CR2]

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Finally Ready? [CR2]

Official announcement soon.
I’m told we’re going to see an official announcement for the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens soon. I’m told once production (availability in May) of the EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II are going strong, the new zoom will be officially announced.  Expect stock to arrive fairly quickly after the announcement.

Expected retail price is around $11,000 USD.

EF 24-70 f/2.8L II
I’m still hearing a release date of April 17, 2012 for the new version of a classic. Everything I have been told about this lens has been unbelievably positive. I’ve heard “best zoom Canon has ever made”, “fastest focusing” & “unbelievably sharp” on numerous occasions.

Preorder the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II at B&H & Adorama for $2299.

EF 24 f/2.8 IS & EF 28 f/2.8 IS
Both are still slated for the end of June.

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Pre CES Announcements

Pre CES Announcements

Anything before CES?
There could be a few products announced before CES.

PowerShot
I’m told there will be a PowerShot announcement, however nothing specific has been mentioned.

Lenses
We’ve been told the 24-70 II and 35 f/1.4 II will finally be announced. The 24-70 II announcement has existed pretty much as long as this site has. I really want it announced so I can stop reading emails about it. I offer no opinion on the likelihood of such an announcement.

Possible evidence of a EF 24-70 f/2.8L II can be seen here, here & here.

The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x could also be officially announced. However, that may not happen until the new 500 & 600 start to ship.

Cameras?
The only camera that is possible would be a Rebel, though I’ve received zero information one being announced in early January.

Nikon?
Nikon is rumoured to be announcing the D4 & new 85 f/1.8 on  January 6, 2012.

Will Canon let Nikon have all the thunder at CES/PMA?

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Lens Announcement [CR1]

Lens Announcement [CR1]

Lenses coming soon?
Received some information today that pointed to possible lens announcements in January, possibly on the 3rd.

This is plausible, because CES/PMA starts on January 10, 2012. This would also go in line with the staggered lens/body announcements we’ve seen in the past with pro bodies. The 1D Mark IV was announced in October, and the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II came at the beginning of the following January.

Lenses mentioned were the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x, 24-70 f/2.8L II and 35 f/1.4L II.

A few other pieces of information have said Canon will be updating a lot of current lenses in the next 24 months, I’d rank this as pretty tentative for the moment. Lenses are always difficult to predict and I’m not sure we really know the whole story about Canon’s production abilities in Japan.

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This & That – What Others are Saying

This & That – What Others are Saying

Rumor Roundup ala Planet5D
@PlanetMitch over at Planet5D has posted a rumor roundup that touches on Canons events in the next month or so.

He’s also invited me to talk live on his site on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 3PM EST.

Read the roundup

Patent – The return of the aperture ring.
@Photography Bay has posted a patent pertaining to aperture rings returning to lenses. The ring would be for video capture on DSLRs.

Read all about it 

PRO-1 Printer
Apparently the PRO-1 moniker is for a “series” of printers. I’m not sure if we’ll see more than one. I know printers aren’t all that exciting, we’re waiting for the juicy EOS stuff.

Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability?
The most recent information I have is it will be officially announced this fall, with a Q2 2012 availability.

Canon still has to start churning out the new 500 and 600.

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