We've been told that Canon is working on revisions to “some” of the big white lenses for a 2018 release. Beyond the new EF 600mm f/4 DO IS, which we're told could be announced in late 2017, Canon does plan for some “minor” revisions of the current lineup. Weight reduction and a new IS system is apparently the goal from the new lenses.

2018 is an Olympic and World Cup year, and Canon tends to release or at least test pro gear during those times.

When were the current non-DO big white lenses announced?

  • Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS 2008
  • Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x 2013
  • Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II 2011
  • Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II 2011
  • Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II 2011
  • Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II 2011
  • Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS 2008

The current iterations of the 300,400,500 and 600mm lenses came 12 years after the previous versions. Which makes a 7 year upgrade cycle seem a bit quick. The possibility of a new 200 f/2L IS and EF 800 f/5.6L IS seem a bit more likely. However, the latter have the lowest volume of sales of the entire series of non-DO “big white lenses”.

More to come…

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