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Canon is developing more super-telephoto lenses [CR2]

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Canon will soon announce the RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and the RF 600mm f/4L IS USM. The first super-telephoto lenses for the RF mount. They aren’t stopping there.

I have been told the that two following lenses are also in development and will arrive next year.

Canon RF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM

This new DO super-telephoto lens will be the smallest and lightest lens of its kind. It’s a completely new optical formula for the RF mount.

Canon RF 200-500mm f/4L IS USM

A lot of people love the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x, and Canon will be bringing us a successor. The source wasn’t sure if the new super-telephoto zoom would have a built-in teleconverter or not.

H. Jones

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Aug 1, 2014
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A 200-500 F/4 would be *insane.*

Add a built in 1.4x and you'd get a 200-700 F/4-5.6L. That lens on its own would probably draw a lot of people towards the RF mount. It moves the 200-400 more towards wildlife photographers, especially small bird photographers, while making it even more useful for large field sports photographers.

Honestly a 120-300 F/2.8 and a 200-500 F/4 1.4x would probably be the only two big lenses I'd ever need ‍
 

Marximusprime

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Sep 18, 2018
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I regularly keep a 2x on my 500 f/4 II. Slap a 2x on that zoom...400-1000 with the ability to crop to 1600...done. I'm sure it'll be heavy and very expensive, though, two reasons that kept me from being interested in the 200-400 (although I see now that used 200-400s in good condition on eBay are about what I paid for my 500).
 
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Sharlin

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Dec 26, 2015
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One big white a year is affordable for most I would think. But I think a 300 f/2.8, 200-500 f/4.0, and a 600mm f/4.0 covers most wildlife. I am still sticking with Nikon for now, but that 200-500 could live on its own body for life.

Uhhm, for some definition of "most" I guess :D Even a single big white is nowhere near affordable to the vast majority of photographers in the world, never mind one per year! That's definitely 1% territory (or more like 0.01% territory, globally speaking).
 

Codebunny

Elil
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Uhhm, for some definition of "most" I guess :D Even a single big white is nowhere near affordable to the vast majority of photographers in the world, never mind one per year! That's definitely 1% territory (or more like 0.01% territory, globally speaking).

I can only speak for Scottish photographers. £10,000-£15,000 is a lot of money in anyones book but definitely not a once in a lifetime buy here.
 

FamilyGuy

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Feb 5, 2020
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One big white a year is affordable for most I would think. But I think a 300 f/2.8, 200-500 f/4.0, and a 600mm f/4.0 covers most wildlife. I am still sticking with Nikon for now, but that 200-500 could live on its own body for life.

Some bubble you’re living in. Wish I was there! Must be nicely sheltered.
 

pape2

EOS 90D
Mar 19, 2021
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Cool so they put 10cm fresnell pair as main lense of 400mm and same kind of to more middle of 500mm.
Like RF 600 and RF 800
 

Fischer

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Mar 17, 2020
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Canon RF 200-500mm f/4L IS USM sounds very impressive - but also large and heavy. Already the 200-400mm L seems unwieldy to me. Would not be a taker myself.

 
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Codebunny

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Canon RF 200-500mm f/4L IS USM sounds very impressive - but also large and heavy. Already the 200-400mm L seems unwieldy to me. Would not be a taker myself.


I think it's a hide lens. When you aren't able to move and the animals are coming in at various ranges and you need to sit put. Shove it on a tripod with a gimbal and have a nice sit down with a flask of tea while happily photographing a bear as easily as a fox from the same distance.
 

Codebunny

Elil
Sep 5, 2018
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Yup, most of the 1%ers could afford a big white lens once a year.

Otherwise, get off your bike.

I would think a 1%er could afford one a month or more. I am talking about photographers or hobbyists earning under £50,000 a year, you know, a normal income. Even minimum wage means you can afford a big white once every two to three years if it is something you need. 1% earners are on vastly different incomes than normal people.
 

Joules

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Jul 16, 2017
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This is weird. If Canon will really sell the EF 400 mm 2.8 III and EF 600 mm 4.0 III with a permanently attached EF to RF adapter as their respective RF versions (as the Nokishita images suggest) that sends a message of Tele not benefitting from the change to RF.

Obviously, Canon doesn't do public roadmaps. But leaving it at that when in reality such designs are coming in the near future strikes me as odd
 
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