|Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens|
A quick followup to my previous post regarding the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS vs. the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L lens comparison. Canon is beginning to catch up on their engineering and production delays after the earthquake and tsunami disasters of last year. Now that the EF 300mm, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm Series II lenses are out and shipping in small numbers, they are devoting all their attention and energy to finishing the 200-400mm f/4L IS lens with the 1.4X extender. They are also trying to finish the final design on the replacement to the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens.
This is currently my favorite wildlife zoom lens. With its expected replacement, and combined with the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and the soon to be released EF 200-400mm f/4L IS lens, they will be an awesome combination of the highest quality zoom lenses available for wildlife photography anywhere.
I expect the new EF 100-400mm lens to be faster on the wide end, perhaps to f/4 and will do away with the push/pull mechanism in favor of a zoom ring. It will have the latest version of IS with at least a 4 stop advantage and completely weather sealed. The weight will increase with the addition of IS but one will still be able to handhold the lens and of course the price will also increase as well, perhaps to just below $3,000.
Canon should not wait to see what Nikon is up to with their Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED lens. They should leap frog them and make the announcement after the 200-400mm f/4L IS lens is officially released, perhaps before the big Photokina Show in Cologne, Germany in September 2012.
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