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Friday, December 27, 2013

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L IS Coming In 2014?

Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L Lens

2014 is rapidly approaching and it should be an exciting year for new product announcements. Yesterday, I reported there is talk of Nikon announcing either the D4X or D400 in mid January.  In my earlier post in November, I commented that Canon will be busy in 2014. New lenses and cameras are expected and one of the replacement lenses being talked about may be the venerable EF 400mm f/5.6L IS, finally.

This is one of the best 'L' lens value and my favorite Canon wildlife lenses when the light is good. However, the design on the lens dates back to 1993 and an upgrade can take advantage of the latest improvements in optics, coatings and Image Stabilization technologies.

My readers know I have been a Travel and Wildlife photographer using Canon equipment for about 25 years now. Through the decades, I have used almost all of Canon's DSLR camera bodies and lenses. My preference is to travel light on photo shoots and generally carry zoom instead of prime lens. There is a never ending debate on the image quality of professional prime vs. zoom lens but for my purposes, the difference is without a distinction and I will let the situation dictates the lens instead of the other way round.

My preferred focal length is the 400mm zoom because it offers the best combination of speed, weight and reach. I own the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS and the EF 400mm f/5.6L.  The two lenses I am most eager to see replaced in 2014 are the last two. Visit my website to see wildlife photos taken with all the above lenses from photo shoots around the globe.

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