Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Lens Officially Announced

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It’s here! After almost 10 years of rumouring the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens has been officially announced. Availability in December, price $2,199. Pre-order at Adorama and B&H Photo.

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Introduces New Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens, The Compact And Highly Mobile Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

New Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens Delivers an Enhanced IS System Providing Four Shutter Speed Steps of Correction, a Rotation-Type Zoom Ring, and New Optical Element Formula to Help Maximize Image Quality 

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 10, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the highly anticipated Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM lens, a second generation compact super-telephoto zoom lens featuring significant advancements in optical quality, image stabilization performance up-to-four steps, and rotating-zoom-ring design. This new L-series super- telephoto zoom lens features Canon L-series weather resistance and rugged magnesium housing to meet the needs of wildlife and sports photographers or photojournalists working out in the elements. Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features a completely redesigned optical formula containing one Fluorite and one Super UD lens element – a combination unique to lenses in this focal range – to help deliver sharp images with high resolution and contrast. This combination of elements helps thoroughly suppress chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range.

“The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is the logical evolution of the very popular EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM introduced 16 years ago,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc., “This long awaited, next generation lens was developed to be a highly portable and adaptable telephoto zoom lens for today’s modern professional and advanced amateur photographers.”

For photographers who want to work as closely as possible to their subjects, the minimum focusing distance of the lens has been reduced to just 3.2 ft. (0.98m), resulting in maximum magnification of 0.31x. The original EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM was well known for its push-pull zoom adjustment, but the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM uses a rotation-type zoom ring similar to the one found on the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens that allows for more precise adjustments, easier handling, and consistently excellent weight balance during handheld photography. In addition, the lens features an improved zoom torque adjustment ring that allows for the easy setting of zoom tension based on personal shooting preferences. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM also features an inner focusing system, a powerful yet quiet Ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized auto focus (AF) algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing in various shooting situations.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features three Image Stabilization (IS) modes – standard, panning, and during exposure only. Each IS mode is individually engineered to help provide outstanding results in a wide variety of shooting situations, and all serve to satisfy the personal preferences of photographers based on the type of IS they desire. The optical IS provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction, increased from 1.5 steps in the previous model*. In addition, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features Canon’s newly developed Air Sphere Coating (ASC) which helps to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting significantly, as well as a 9-bladed circular aperture Electro-Magnetic Diaphragm that helps to enhance beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds.

As with all L-series lenses, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is highly resistant to dust and water, with excellent durability in even harsh conditions, ideal for wildlife photographers even in rainforest environments, or sports photographers on the sideline grabbing action shots of the big game. Fluorine coating on the front and rear surfaces of the lens can repel dust particles and water droplets. It also makes smears and fingerprints easy to remove without the use of lens cleaning fluid. Included with the lens is the new ET-83D lens hood, that features a cleverly placed and convenient side window allowing the user to easily adjust specialty filters while the lens hood remains in place. In addition, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is equipped with a newly designed detachable tripod mount which can be removed to reduce weight during handheld operation.

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Early Black Friday at Amazon, Savings Up to $200 for Canon DSLRs (and more)

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New deals listed on Amazon’s early Black Friday page, camera deals are listed here.

Canon related: Amazon US has a select list of DSLR on sale. Savings go up to $200. Click here to see all discounted Canon DSLRs. There are also savings up to $50 for selected Powershot cameras on sale. Click here to see all discounted Canon Powershot cameras. And then discounts on select Canon Speedlites and Macro Lites. Savings go up to $60. Click here to see all discounted items.

Capturing Wildlife and Nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DPreview teamed up with professional wildlife and nature photographer Adam Jones for an exhaustive video review of the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II (22 minutes).

The EOS 7D Mark II is a champion when it comes to stuff like weather sealing, a highly advanced AF, and industry leading high ISO performance.

Enough said, this is all to watch.

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The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is shipping in the US:

 

Deal Alert: Refurbished Canon Rebel T5i with 18-55mm IS STM – $442 (Canon Store)

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The Canon Direct Store has refurbished Rebel T5i with 18-55mm IS STM lens on sale for $441.99. That’s 35% off the regular price for the refurbished kit. Great deal.

The Canon Direct Store has select DSLRs and DSLRs bundles with savings up to $600.

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Canon Asks CPS Users About Feeling Appreciated and How Exciting Its Products Are

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Image courtesy by Photography Bay

Canon is doing a user survey (source: Photography Bay). It seems the company is responding to the criticism (by some people) of not listening to users.

A survey was sent around to users of Canon Professional Services. Questions are about cameras users owned in the past, or about user’s feelings about other brands.

Btw, I do not think Canon is not listening to their users. Maybe the ignore the more gadget oriented folks, but for sure they know what photographers want when it comes to mundane stuff like weather sealing, a highly advanced AF, and industry leading high ISO performance. Making real tools for real photographers. Yeah, I mean the Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

More about Canon’s user survey at Photography Bay.

Reminder: Take Part in CW’s Readers Contest and Show your Pics to the World


Last week’s most liked reader photo: Greg Noble‎ – Millville, Calif. Canon5D MKII, 17mm T/S

Hey there! Just a reminder to take part in Canon Watch’s reader contest.

How it works:

1) Submit your picture with a short description on Canon Watch’s Facebook page
2) Vote and comment the pictures from other readers on the Photo Stream
3) A selection of the most liked pictures will be posted every Sunday here on Canon Watch

Show the world what you can do with a Canon camera!