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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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Rebates & BG-E11 Shipping Updates

Canon Rebates Extended
The Canon rebate program that was set to expire at the end of May has been extended until the end of June. This is the double up savings program if you buy a camera body along with a lens. There are also instant rebates on lens purchases only.

The 5D Mark III isn’t found in stock in too many places, so at least you get an extra month if you’ve been waiting to take advantage of the rebate when buying a 5D3.

Click to go

Visit B&H for the rebate portal.

BG-E11 Shipping Everywhere
I’ve received notifications that B&H and Adorama have begun shipping the BG-E11 to preorder customers.

Sigma Lens Rebates
Sigma has rebates going on until July 31, 2012. Visit B&H for more.

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Availability
Various smaller retailers have received lenses. I know of a couple of 500’s that appeared in Toronto, and I received my 600 today.

I know B&H is expecting a shipment this week, however there is a preorder wait list. They expect the first 2 shipments to cover what is already preordered. I am unsure about the status with Adorama.

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

If you’re a retailer and get a 500 or 600 in stock that isn’t spoken for, please let me know and I can let the readers of CR know.

5D Mark III Stock
Stock of the 5D Mark III is low at the moment. Shipments for the camera should start arriving near the end of this week. I’m waiting to hear from the large retailers.

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Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Available for Preorder

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II Available for Preorder

Good News
B&H is now accepting preorders on the long awaited Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II and EF 600 f/4L IS II.

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II at B&H for $10,499

Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at B&H for $12,999

Adorama has gotten involved in the preorder fun too.

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II at Adorama for $10,499

Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at Adorama for $12,999

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Availability Update: EOS-1D X & EF 500L II & EF 600L II

Availability Update: EOS-1D X & EF 500L II & EF 600L II

Canon EOS-1D X
As of the end of last week, Canon is still holding to the end of June for shipments to begin. That’s what is still being told to a couple of large retailers.

Canon EOS-1D X at B&H $6799

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II & EF 600 f/4L IS II
These two lenses are proving to be more elusive to nail down. Current Canon says they’re begin shipping in May, however 2 retailers I spoke to have said they’re now being told the end of June to the beginning of July for availability.

If any of this changes (and it probably will), I will update.

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