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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Canon Consumer Grade Long Zoom lens May Come In 2nd Half Of 2018

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II zoom lens

I have just returned from a Wildlife Photo shoot in Hudson Bay, Canada. The action was very good, with encounters of Polar bear sows and cubs, Arctic and Silver foxes, Snowy Owls and Arctic hares.
Once I have time to catch up with my daily routine, I will post some of the latest photos.  You can follow my travels on Facebook , Twitter and see my equipment bag and works on

Canon filed a patent for the EF 200-600mm f/4.5-5.6 IS super zoom lens in 2016. The market for a consumer grade long zoom lens is dominated by Sigma and Tamron 150-600mm models right now but Canon is interested in this space and may announce their EF 200-600mm lens some time in the second half of 2018.

Unless, the new lens comes in the professional 'L' grade model, the price point (presumably just slightly higher than or equal to the competing third party models) will not make economical sense for Canon to make the lens a great weather-sealed performer. I am not impressed by the current 'super zoom' models on the market. Adding the Canon name to another consumer model will not make it any better, albeit perhaps a solid performer for its price. There may even be a custom extender as an option to add on the new glass.

The current EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II is a great performer. Even with a 1.4x extender added, the image is still quite acceptable. I hope Canon will release the EF 200-600mm in the 'L' grade and the EF 600mm f/4 DO BR some time next year. I will be a buyer of both glass. 

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