With the Olympics just around the corner, my sports photographer friend from England, who is covering the Games, informed me he heard there are a few EF 200-400mm f/4L IS + 1.4X extender lenses floating around the armies of photographers and he will try and locate one and get a first hand look at the equipment. I expect the EF 200-400mm lens to be officially announced some time after the Summer Olympics.
Also as part of the new lens announcement that may accompany the new, entry level DSLR mentioned in my last post, it may include the long awaited upgrade to the EF 50mm f/1.4 lens. The Series II lens will be more in line with the recently released EF 24mm f/2.8 IS and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS lenses with similar technology but without the IS. It should be priced about the same as well, around $800. It is impossible to be precise with these predictions but the EF 50mm f/1.4 lens is in line for an upgrade. The lens is a very good performer and great value in the EF lens lineup.