|Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X lens|
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS is Canon's best selling 400mm lens. Together with the EF 400mm f/5.6L, they represent some of the best values in 400mm photography but both of them are showing their age. The EF 100-400mm and EF 400mm were introduced in 1998 and 1993 respectively.
The EF 400mm f/4 DO is a unique, one-off lens with the diffractive optics technology and was introuced in 2001. The revolutionary and long overdue, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X lens should be officially release in the first quarter of 2013.
There have been many rumors about Canon replacing the three venerable 400mm lenses mentioned above over the years and they are heating up again. The following lenses will and may be introduced in 2013 :
- EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4 X (so tired of waiting for it)
- EF 400mm f/4-5.6L IS II (slightly faster on the short end and with zoom ring)
- EF 400mm f/5.6L IS (can't wait to get this lens as well)
- EF 400mm f/4L IS (non Diffractive Optics technology)
Pricing may be an obstacle because the rumored list price may range from $2,000 for the EF 400mm f/5.6L IS to about $11,000 for the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X. The Japanese Yen has come down in value against most major currencies and that will give Canon some flexibility in their pricing but I think their biggest challenge is to keep up with the demand when the replacement lenses finally hit the market.
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