|Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens|
Canon announced the Canon EOS-7D Mk II camera and EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens on September 15 but chose not to announce the EF 100-400mm II lens at that time. The Series II lens was finally released on November 11. I placed my order right after the announcement and expect my supplier to start shipping the lens to me around the second week of December.
Went on a Polar bear photo shoot with the EOS-7D Mk II camera and gave it a good workout. You can read my review here. The EF 100-400mm Series II, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II and EOS-7D II are a perfect combo for me when I am handholding my equipment on a wildlife shoot. Will be taking the 7D2 and these new lenses out for many field tests and writing a review on them soon. In the meantime, you can see my works on MichaelDanielHo.com
Specs for EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens :
- Rotating zoom ring, like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II
- Telescopic in design, like the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS
- 4 stop Image Stabilization
- Detachable tripod collar
- Minimum focusing distance 0.98m
- 9 aperture blades
- Dust and weather sealed
- Latest generation optics and coatings
- Latest generation 4 stop Image Stabilization system
- Comes with 3 IS modes, like the Super Telephoto Series II lens
- Latest material, offering a slight weight reduction to current model
- 77mm filter thread
- List price - $2,199
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens delivers a superb combination of cutting-edge performance, compact construction and brilliant resolving power that’s great for sports and wildlife photography.
The telephoto lens features one fluorite and one super UD element to help provide impressive contrast and resolution with reduced chromatic aberration across the entire zoom range. Canon’s new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting, while fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens surfaces help lessen smears and fingerprints.A 9-blade circular aperture renders beautiful, soft backgrounds, and a 3 mode (standard, panning and exposure only) Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 steps* of image correction.
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens is equipped with a new inner focusing AF system to help ensure fast and accurate focus down to 3.2 ft. with a .31x maximum magnification. Usability enhancements include a rotation-type zoom ring with adjustable zoom torque for more precise, customizable zoom performance, a redesigned tripod mount that can be attached and detached without removing the lens from the EOS camera, and an all-new lens hood with a side window that makes it simple to adjust specialty filters-like polarizers-without the need to remove the hood.
Ruggedly constructed with advanced dust and water sealing for durability in a range of environments, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM telephoto lens is a stellar performer with refined controls for a wide variety of situations.
My supplier informed me the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens will be shipping this Friday. Since I ordered it as soon as it was announced, I should hopefully get it by the weekend. Spoken to a friend in Asia who just got this lens. He is impressed by its new design and performance. The Series I lens came out in 1998. 16 years of advancement built into the Series II lens. I expect the Canon EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens to be also arriving very soon as well. Just in time since I have a series of wildlife photo shoots coming up after the New Year.
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