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DXO Mark Tests the EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II

DXO Mark Tests the EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II

…. and they’re pretty good.
DXO Mark has tested the Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II and the EF 600 f/4L IS II and found them to be good. :) The 600 appears to be a tad bit sharper than the 500, which is a reversal from the previous version of the lenses. As has always been, these two lenses are not as sharp as the EF 300 f/2.8L IS II or the EF 400 f/2.8L IS II.

Image quality isn’t the most important thing in regards to these lenses. The remarkable job that Canon has done improving usability cannot go unnoticed. The new 600 and 400 are shining examples of the best of what Canon has to offer and they’re unmatched in the industry (I’ve used both the Nikon versions and they don’t compare in this regard).

Says DXOMark…
“Both of these lenses offer exceptional performance that far exceeds anything else available in a Canon mount. They are also built to last, with fantastic build quality. If you’re looking for the best, these should be at the top of your list. The only things to keep in mind is that they are both heavy lenses – though much lighter than their predecessors and not unduly heavy for a lens of this focal length and aperture – and they are also expensive, but the best usually is.”

Read the full review

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II | Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at B&H Photo

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Review – Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II

Review – Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II

New Review
Our review of the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II has been posted. Both Justin and I think the lens is awesome, although it may not be for everyone.

I think the lens is extremely versatile, and if you can only afford one “big white”, this lens will fit the bill for a lot of people. Although in a perfect world, it pairs quite nicely with the EF 600mm f/4L IS II.

Read the full review | Canon EF 300 f/2.8L IS II at B&H Photo

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EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Stock News

EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Stock News

More are coming!
We knew more would come eventually, but when?

I’m told new stock should start hitting retailers sometime this month and next month, it may not be enough to clear the preorder backlog though.

Preorder at B&H: EF 500 f/4L IS II | EF 600 f/4L IS II

Big white firmware 1.1.1 update
I have sent our 300, 400 and 600 in to Canon Canada today for the firmware update, I’ll update you on how long the process takes.

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Canon USA Announces EF 300mm, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm L IS II Lens Firmware Version 1.1.1

Canon USA Announces EF 300mm, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm L IS II Lens Firmware Version 1.1.1

To the Users of the EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM Interchangeable Lenses for Canon Digital SLR Cameras

Thank you for using Canon products.

Canon has released a firmware update for EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses. This firmware update will be performed by Canon Service Centers. Please contact us using the contact information listed at the bottom of this page.

Firmware changes:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following enhancement:

1. Changes the control algorithm of the focus drive, and enhances the drive’s responsiveness for more precise focus and adjustments. In particular, the new firmware enhances the AI servo AF capability of the lenses to track objects that move irregularly in sports events, such as soccer or rugby.

Affected Products:
Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware. The serial numbers (10 digits) of the lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:

EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM:
The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx).

EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM:
The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx).

EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).

EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 or later.

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