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Canon EF 100-400mm F4.5-5.6L IS II USM Specifications (Google Translated)
- One fluorite lens, one Super UD glass
- A newly developed coating (ASC)
- Keith at Northlight wonders if this is actually means nano SWC coating?
- 4 stop image stabilization
- 3 modes of IS, the third is for sports photography
- A minimum focusing distance of 0.98 m
- Maximum magnification of 0.31 times
- 9 aperture blades
- AF motor the ring-type USM
- Rotational zoom, not push/pull
- Zoom touch adjustment ring
- Detachable tripod mount
- Dust and weather sealing
- Fluorine coating
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.
What’s coming this year
A very reliable source has told us what Canon has planned in 2013 as far as product launches go. This is looking to be a slower year for new Canon products, especially when compared to 2012.
None of this includes new Cinema EOS products.
There will be 3 DSLRs launched in 2013, two of them will be “entry level” and one will be “mid level”. The two entry level cameras will probably be a new Rebel and a 70D.
The midlevel camera is probably the EOS 7D Mark II. This camera will get its own launch festivities sometime in the second half of 2013 we’re told.
There will also be one new EOS-M body, which is a pretty logical step forward for the platform.
4 new EF lenses will be launched in 2013, there was no mention of exactly which lenses it would be. We all know the usual suspects, and everything points to a new 100-400L and that would sit nicely next to a new 7D.
We’re hoping to get a more detailed breakdown of the upcoming lenses soon.