More mentions of a replacement to the longest lens in the Canon lineup. We’re told the new 800mm will be announced once the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x has begun shipping. There’s a possibility we’ll see at least a development announcement some time this fall. There was no mention of the EF 200 f/2L IS, a lens that was announced alongside the original 800mm only 5 short years ago. Beyond a new build type in materials, the lens will be a “nearly identical” optical formula, although improvements in vignetting and sharpness are probable.
Announcement timing could also depend on stock levels with retailers, not so much with Canon itself. I don’t imagine too many of these are made and warehoused.
I have had communication from a few other anonymous people that the next 800 would have a built-in teleconverter, which is not something I think will happen.
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS at B&H Photo
New white lenses?
There has been some talk in the last little while about these two lenses possibly being replaced sooner than later. From personal experience, I know that Canon has discontinued the lens hood for the EF 800 f/5.6L IS, this hood also worked with the 400 f/2.8L IS. Another lens that has become quite hard to get is the EF 200 f/2L IS. I have talked to Canon Canada and they’ve been out of stock for a while with no ETA. That’s not always a perfect way to measure replacement of a lens, but with the more expensive ones, it usually is (I’d say 90%).
We’ve been told both lenses would be replaced after the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x is officially announced and production has started.
Current stock levels on the EF 800 f/5.6L IS remain good, but how many $13,000 lenses do they sell? Replacements for both would make sense as Canon could use the same exterior materials that they’re using in the 200-400, EF 300 f/2.8L IS II, EF 400 f/2.8L IS II, EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II lenses.
A new EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II review
Justin has redone our review of the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II, Canon’s most popular version of the super popular 70-200 range. As most of you know already, the lens is a real winner. However, this lens may not be for everyone…
Some of Justin’s thoughts
“Maybe an exaggeration, we’re never really done. Very little has made me put this lens down, tough I strongly favoured the Canon 200mm f/2.0 L IS when I was reviewing it, but versus $7,000 the 70-200 comes across as a bargain! If you need a telephoto zoom, this is the one worth saving up for, if you’re less interested in a consistent aperture and more interested in range, check out Craig’s review on the Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS. Just remember, variable aperture means variable light, which might mess you up when you’re shooting manual and/or with flash.”
Read the entire review
I received a suggestion that Canon is currently developing a new EF 800 f/5.6L IS to take advantage of the new weight saving technologies in the newest supertelephoto lenses.
No mention of timeline, or if the EF 200 f/2L IS is also on the replacement cycle. If you remember, the 200 launched with the 800 back in January 2008.
*UPDATE* Canon’s Official Response
Canon USA has issued an official response to the 5D III IS noise issue:
“We have acknowledged that when using the camera with specific lenses, there is an abnormal noise during IS operation when the shutter button is pressed halfway (or remains pressed halfway), and we are now considering the countermeasures. We will let you know about the countermeasures as soon as they are finalized”
The two affected lenses are the Canon EF 200mm f/2.0 L IS USM Lens and the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM Lens.
Note that image quality is not affected by the abnormality. Also note that this noise does not occur during Live View including during video capture.
No camera these days is going to launch issue free, and a very noticeable one has shown up with the 5D Mark III is used in combination with the EF 200 f/2L IS. The issue being an odd and rather loud noise from the what seems to be the image stabilizer. I have noticed this first hand while using the combination in AI Servo mode.
Others have noticed it, and there’s a thread on the FredMiranda forums about it.
I have tested multiple 5D Mark III bodies with the following lenses. I also tested multiple 1D Mark IVs with them as well.
- 300 f/2.8L IS
- 300 f/2.8L IS II
- 400 f/2.8L IS
- 400 f/2.8L IS II
- 400 f/4 DO IS
- 500 f/4L IS
- 600 f/4L IS
- 800 f/5.6L IS (this came out the same time as the 200 f/2L IS)
I could only obviously reproduce the issue with the EF 200 f/2L IS on the 5D Mark III bodies, there was zero issue with the 1D Mark IV. I have two EF 800 f/5.6L IS lenses, and initially I didn’t notice the noise, but it is slightly there once I took the lenses out of the office. It sounds a bit louder on the 5D Mark III than on the 1D Mark IV although the 200mm is definitely louder. I could be hearing things on the 800.
I have noticed images aren’t quite as sharp with the EF 200 f/2L IS on the 5D Mark III, I imagine it has something to do with the IS issues in AI Servo mode.