The reliable Digicame-Info has given a mention to the coming announcement of the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II. This backs up our recent posts (here & here) stating the lens would be coming in November.
Below is a rundown of what we’ve been told about the lens.
- Smaller than the current EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS
- Will retain the same aperture range of 4.5-5.6
- Zoom ring design instead of push/pull
- Similar design to the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS (zoom ring at front of lens)
- Lens hood is designed to make using polarizers easier
- Lens hood will be ET-83D (from DCI)
- New thumb screw design on the foot of the lens
- Obvious optical, AF and IS improvements
We’ve had no mention of filter size, or more importantly the price of the lens. I suspect it’s going to cost a fair bit more than the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS just to separate the two lenses in the lineup.
We’re told that demo versions of the upcoming replacement for the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS have hit select photographers hands for field use.
The new design resembles the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS with a thin focus ring at the base, and a wider zoom ring near the front element. The aperture range for the lens will remain at f/4.5-5.6. Another mentioned feature is in the lens hood for the lens. It sounds like there will be a retractable opening near where a filter would be, so you could turn your circular polarize easily if you needed to.
As with anything regarding this oft rumoured lens, we take things with a grain of salt. That being said, things are lining up with a lot of consistent information.
Hoping to hear more soon.
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.