Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II Teardown – Is this the best Lens ever build?

Is this the best lens ever built?” wonders Lensrental’s Roger Cicala while tearing apart Canon’s new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens.

R. Cicala writes:

I know I can’t really, without showing you dozens of other lenses, do a good job of impressing you with just how robustly engineered this lens is. I will say that the insides look more like what we’d expect to see in a 500mm f/4 or 600mm f/4 lens, rather than a telezoom. It’s by far the most heavily engineered zoom lens [we] have ever seen; and we’ve seen the insides of dozens of lenses in this range.

Well done, Canon engineers, well done!

The whole disassembling process is documented with lots of images – very interesting to see how this lens is build internally, and to read Cicala’s comments about how well Canon engineered this lens.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II is not a budget lens, selling for $2,199 (B&H Photo | Adorama  | Amazon.

EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II price check for your country: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay.

More EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II coverage here at CW.

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Canon shows off a 120MP Sensor with 9.5 fps at CP+ (global shutter?) – Update

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Update: as user noted in the comment section (thanks), this sensor is not totally new. Canon announced its development back in 2010. I added the 2010 press release after the break.

Original post: DPReview is at CP+, and they spotted a Canon 120MP sensor with 9.5 fps (APS-H-size). And there is more. This part of DPReviews article puzzles me:

The frame rate of read-out for this ultra high-resolution is 9.5fps, and is made possible by reading multiple pixels simultaneously at high speeds – a process Canon is calling ‘parallel signal processing’.

According to Canon this sensor will be used for video production, monitoring, aviation, and space applications. “Parallel Signal Processing” makes me think about some sort of global shutter technology, or whatelse could “reading multiple pixels simultaneously at high speeds” mean? What do you think?

2010 press release after the break

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Canon Levels Up Customer Service for Travelling Photographers with the Asia Traveller Protection Programme

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Canon press release:

Canon Levels Up Customer Service for Travelling Photographers with the Asia Traveller Protection Programme

Canon customers can now enjoy the reliability of professional Canon repair services outside their home country.

SINGAPORE, 31 December 2014 – Canon today launched the Asia Traveller Protection Programme (ATPP), a service reinforcing Canon’s commitment to customer service. This value-added initiative provides customers access to professional Canon repair services for their cameras and lenses across 12 markets in Asia. Canon customers can travel easy, knowing that unexpected costs of repairs on their travels covered under their prevailing warranty will be reimbursed back in their home country. The flexible and timely solution to resolve potential equipment problems promises Canon customers reliable care and greater peace of mind.

“For the travelling photographer, nothing can be more limiting than having to forgo capturing precious moments due to a damaged or malfunctioning camera. The ATPP is an opportunity for us to expand the boundaries of the Canon ecosystem and protect our customers, even while they are overseas. We want to ensure that our customers benefit from an all-rounded Canon experience, even after purchase of our product,” said Hideaki Nishimura, Senior Director and General Manager, Regional ICP Sales and Marketing, Canon Singapore.

How the ATPP works
To register for ATPP, customers need simply register for warranty online as usual via their home country’s Canon official website upon purchase of Canon products from authorised distributors, channels or sellers.

The ATPP covers EOS digital SLR camera, EOS M compact interchangeable-lens digital camera, EF lenses, and compact digital camera products.

The ATPP runs across 12 markets – China, Hong Kong, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam1.

Should the need for repair arise during the customers’ travel to any of the 12 countries, they can simply visit the local authorised Canon Service Centre for the required repair and retain all necessary proof of services and receipts. Products should still be under warranty issued by a Canon authorised distributor2 when presented for repair under the programme. Upon return, by producing proof of warranty and repair at the designated home country Canon Service Centre, reimbursement for costs of repairs covered under their prevailing warranty can be processed.

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Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary for Canon Coming March 2015 ($1,089)

A Sigma UK press release states that the Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary (Sigma product page) lens will be on display at CP+, and that the lens will be available for Canon mount from March 2015.

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary pre-order at B&H Photo | Adorama – price is $1,089.

Sigma made 2 version of the 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM, “Contemporary” and “Sport”. The 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sport is already shipping for $1,999: B&H Photo | Adorama.

[via Sigma Rumors]