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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Canon Plans To Upgrade Their Super Telephoto Lens Lineup Between 2018 - 2020

Seeing Double on the Masai Mara, Kenya

I am back home after a rather successful East Africa Wildlife Photo Tour. It will take me a little time to get back in my daily routine and updating my readers on the latest Canon rumors, and photography news in general.

This was my first photo safari of 2017 and this will be another busy season for me. The equipment I brought with me worked well. I used the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, EOS-5Ds cameras, EF 400mm f/4 DO IS IIEF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II lens.

You can follow my travels on Facebook and Twitter. See my equipment bag and works on

As reported earlier, Canon plans to 'revamp' their Super Telephoto lens in the next couple of years. The timetable is no accident. 2018 is the Winter Olympics, followed by the World Rugby Championship in Japan, sponsored by Canon and of course the Big Daddy of them all, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan.

Canon intends to pull out all the stops for these 3 events and showcase their top of the line cameras and lenses. The EF 600mm f/4 DO IS is expected at the end of this year. As with the Series II Super Telephoto lens, weight reduction was a welcomed feature over the Series I. It will again be a top priority in the upgrades, together with improvements in the IS system.

Of the current Super Telephoto glass, the EF 200mm f/2L IS and EF 800mm f/5.6L IS are the oldest, having been announced back in 2008. The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II, EF 500mm f/4L IS II and EF 600mm f/4L IS II were announced in 2011.

I expect the EF 300mm f/2.8 II, EF 400mm f/2.8 II and EF 500mm f/4 II lenses will get the upgrade first since these are the most popular speed and focal lengths for sports and wildlife photography. Keep checking back for the latest info as I get them.

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