How do I know?
Because mine arrived in Ontario, Canada today and will be in my hands on Monday. The weather is too poor all weekend to waste 6 hours driving to get it tomorrow.
LensRentals.com is showing the 500 f/4L IS II as in stock on Tuesday.
B&H expects shipments of the 500 & 600 in the next week or so.
A stock note for the new supertelephoto.
Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II from 17th Street Photo for $13,599
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.
They’re out there
We’ve been told by a couple of places, that the new EF 600 f/4L IS II is out there. Loaner copies of the lens have been sent to various manufacturers of accessories for measurement and that sort of thing. Multiple reports say they are fully functional production versions of the lens.
Lots of initial praise for the lens, especially how light it feels in comparison to the first IS version.
A very good sign indeed.
Canon has officially announced the new Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II and Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II will become available in May 2012.
I think this is only the 4th date given for release and probably the last.
Canon has sent out notice that the new EF 500 f/4L IS II and EF 600 f/4L IS II have been delayed beyond the previous December 2011 ship date. Expect the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x, which hasn’t been officially announced yet to be delayed well into 2012.