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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II Lens Shipping Late December?

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II Super Telephoto lens

The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS should start shipping in late December of this year. Those who have pre-ordered this lens immediately after the announcement may get it before the new year, hopefully. This is my favorite Canon Super Telephoto lens when I want to travel light and handhold my shots. I own the Series I lens and have taken it on many worldwide trips. I will be taking this lens on many of my upcoming wildlife photo shoots. You can see my works on and read the latest development in Canon's Diffractive Optics line of lenses.

The Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM lens delivers brilliant high-speed performance for professionals with minimal glare and superb image quality. Taking advantage of the best in lens technology, it features gapless dual-layer diffractive optical elements for improved diffraction efficiency with reduced flare. These elements are arranged with a large-diameter ground aspheric lens and a UD lens for a new level of sharpness and clarity. New coatings help to reduce ghosting, ensure excellent color balance and reduce fingerprints on the front and rear of the lens.

Professional L-series dust- and water-resistant construction is complemented by impressive performance: a 3 mode Image Stabilization system offers up to four stops of compensation and can even prevent operational errors when the camera is mounted on a tripod. AF stop buttons placed on the front of the lens can automatically stop focusing at any time; full time manual focus ensures complete control no matter the AF mode, and a Power Focus (PF) mode makes for smooth focus transitions when shooting movies. The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM focuses down to 10.8 ft. (3.3 meters), has a 9-blade aperture for pleasing, soft, out-of-focus areas, and is constructed with environmentally friendly lead-free glass.

Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II Specifications

List price - $6,899

Compact, lightweight super telephoto lens that is ideal for sports and wildlife photography.

Newly-developed gapless dual-layer diffractive optical elements deliver improved image quality with reduced flare.

Large diameter ground aspherical lens and UD lens for even greater optical performance.

Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction*.

Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide exceptional results for a wide range of shooting situations.

For greater convenience, Image Stabilizer does not have to be disabled when shooting with a tripod.

AF stop buttons on the front of the lens allow you to stop autofocusing at any point.

Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver exceptional color balance, while minimizing ghosting and flare.

Highly resistant to dust and water, enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.

Circular aperture (9 blades) delivers beautiful, soft backgrounds.

Full-time manual focus allows manual focus adjustment while in AF Mode.

Power Focus mode enables smooth focus shifts essential for filmmaking.

Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.

Minimum focusing distance of 10.8 ft./3.3 m.


Tom Kuhn said...

Canon is doing better with their shipment dates after they have announced new products. The EOS-7D Mk II camera came without much delay and I understand the EF 100-400mm Series II lens will start shipping the first week of December. Is that right? Please confirm.

Nancy Lich said...

My husband loves the Series I model when he bought it over 10 years ago. He is now ready to upgrade to the new replacement. Thanks for this heads up post.

Unknown said...

Looks like it did not ship in November. Any other new about shipping date?

Michael Daniel Ho said...

Hi Ronald and Tom. A bit of disappointment for me as well. Word from my supplier is Canon's trying for end of the December. They were quick about the lag time between announcement and delivery for the EOS-7D Mk II camera but slipped on the EF 400mm II. The EF 100-400mm II is supposed to be shipping next week, according to my supplier. Keep checking back for the latest info.

Michael Daniel Ho said...

I have taken delivery of the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens now and went out on a short birding trip. Take a look at my review.