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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Further delays to Canon lenses

Two new EF lenses, expected in 2011, have been delayed. The lenses are the:
- EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
- EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
Canon says that revised shipping dates will be made available as soon as possible.

There is also no date for the availability of the new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender l.4x lens.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender l.4x is being developed with an integrated extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.

The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM offers a lighter weight option for situations that require a long focal length. The optical formula of the new lens includes two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by 18 percent from 136.5 oz to 112.5 oz. The estimated price is £8,999.00/€10,799.00 RRP incl. VAT.

The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM is the successor to the current EF 600mm IS lens first introduced in 1999. It includes two new fluorite lens elements for improved quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by 27 percent from 189.1 oz to 138.3 oz. The estimated retail price is £11,299.00/ €13,549.00 RRP incl. VAT.


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