It's been a long time since anyone gave a mention to a replacement for the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L, one of Canon's best optical performers. We were told a few years ago that Canon was going to be replacing all of the 400mm lenses in their lineup. The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II was first and then the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II, which caught us a bit by surprise. Soon after we got the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, which is as highly regarded as we thought it would be. That leaves one of the best kept secrets in Canon's lens lineup, the EF 400mm f/5.6L.

We're now told that an IS version of this prime is in the works and if things go to plan, we'll see it some time in 2016. Canon does recognize a need for such a lens, especially for birders who like the lower weight and price when compared to the faster primes and the zoom.

More to come…

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