Here It Is: Canon’s EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x Officially Announced (Hands-On Review, Pre-Order Links)

EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x

Finally, it is here! The long awaited EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens has been announced by Canon.

Pre-orders for this $11,799 lens are possible at Amazon(click here) and Adorama (click here) and B&H (click here). There is also a hard lens case for the EF 200-400mm, sold for $799.95 at Adorama (click here) and for $649 at B&H (click here). To see the specification sheet click here. The lens is expected to ship May 30. A hands-on review can be found on B&H’s site.

  • Professional 200-400mm f/4 zoom lens
  • Built-in 1.4x extender
  • Up to four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • Weather-sealed, magnesium-alloy construction
  • Fast USM autofocus with Power Focus for EOS Movies
  • Instinctive focus controls for enhanced handling
EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x

EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x case

A sample image, more samples can be seen here

EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x

EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x sample image

Canon UK press release (Canon USA press release is here):

Introducing the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x – improved performance and versatility for professional sports and wildlife photographers

London, UK, 14 May 2013 – Canon today adds a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses, with the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x to Canon’s acclaimed L-series. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features a flexible 200-400mm focal range with a fixed f/4 aperture, 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer and for the first time in a commercially available lens, a built-in 1.4x extender. These features combine to provide an outstandingly versatile lens for professional sports or wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings also make it ideal for mobile use, combining with the finest quality optics to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions.
 EF 200-400mm f4/L IS 1.4x
Get closer to the action with superior image quality
The reach of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is boosted by its internal 1.4x extender, which is engaged or disengaged at the flick of a lever to provide an extended focal length of 280mm to 560mm – allowing photographers to get even closer to distant action. Ensuring the highest image performance, the optical design includes both fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements, which help minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Advanced anti-reflection SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Super Spectra Coating also reduce ghosting and flare. Thanks to the use of the latest optical technologies, image performance is unaffected when the integrated extender is used.With a fixed f/4¹ aperture the use of high shutter speeds to capture fast-paced action or a low-light scene is possible. A newly designed optical Image Stabilizer, which provides users with a four stop advantage, while IS ‘Mode 3’ applies image stabilisation only at the time of exposure – ensuring that photographers can pan with fast-paced action without IS overcompensating for movement. This feature is ideal for sports photographers, who typically have only a split-second to capture a subject in front of them.Powerful, flexible focusing
The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features Canon’s pioneering ring-type Ultrasonic Motor providing fast, silent autofocusing. For those who prefer to fine-tune focus themselves, full-time manual override allows photographers to manually focus at any moment when using AF. The Power Focus (PF) mode also increases versatility during movie shooting with the EOS-1D C or EOS-1D X, enabling photographers to achieve an accurate pull-focus effect at one of two speeds, simply by twisting the focus recall ring and stopping at a pre-set distance.High-performance design for professional demands
Designed to answer professional demands for superior image quality and versatile zoom range, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x a boasts a premium-quality design befitting Canon’s industry-renowned L-series lenses.The tough magnesium alloy chassis ensures that, despite the inclusion of the 1.4x extender, the lens is a similar weight to lenses of comparable focal length. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens elements also reduce the ability of dirt to cling to the lens surface, while a dust and water-resistant construction allows photographers to shoot in challenging weather conditions. The combination of outstanding optical performance, versatility, weight and tough construction will make it an essential part of any professional sports or wildlife photographer’s kitbag.EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x key features:

  • Built-in 1.4x extender, for extra magnification when you need it
  • Shoot in low light with four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • High image quality using Fluorite lens elements
  • Fast AF with USM technology
  • Robust design for use in the toughest environments

 

OPTICAL FEATURES/SPECIFICATIONS

Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 10° – 5°10′, 7° – 3°30′, 12° – 6°10′
with extender 7° 20′- 3°40′, 4° 55′- 2°25′, 8° 50′ – 4°25′
Lens construction (elements/groups) 25/20 (33/24 with extender)
No. of diaphragm blades 9
Minimum aperture 32(45 with extender)¹
Closest focussing distance (m) 2
Maximum magnification (x) 0.15 (0.21 with extender)
Distance Information Provided
Image stabilizer 4-stops
AF actuator Ring USM²

PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Dust/moisture resistance* Yes
Filter diameter (mm) 52 drop in
Max. diameter x length (mm) 128×366
Weight (g) 3620

ACCESSORIES

Lens Cap E-145C
Lens hood ET-120 (WII)
Lens case/pouch 200-400
Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF12 II 0.20-0.03 (0.36- 0.02 with extender)
Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF25 II 0.26-0.07 (0.52- 0.05 with extender)
Extender Compatiblity Compatible
Other Accessories Lens wide strap B

SPECIFICATIONS WITH EF 1.4X III

Focal Length 280-560 (392-784 with built in extender)
Maximum Aperture 5.6-45¹ (8-64 with built in extender)
Maximum Magnification 0.21
AF Possible Yes²
IS Yes³

SPECIFICATIONS WITH EF 2X III

Focal Length 400-800 (560 -1120 with built in extender)
Maximum Aperture 8-64 (11 -91 with built in extender)
Maximum Magnification 0.31
AF Possible Yes² (No with built in extender)
IS Yes³
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