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Canon developing a new “L”-grade telephoto lens (200-600mm)?

Ef 70-300mm
We got word Canon is working on a new “L”-grade telephoto lens. The new telephoto lens may be something in the 200-600mm range, with apertures not wider than f/4 nd likely not constant over the zoom range.

Canon has many powerful telephoto lenses in the “L” range of their offering, such as the amazing EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS, my favorite travel zoom, or the more far reaching and also heavier EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II, a favorite among wildlife photographer who can not afford or do not want to carry aroud the much heavier telephoto primes from Canon.

An EF 200-600mm lens would be handy for Canon. Sigma and Tamron are already offering lenses in this segment, for instance the popular Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports or the Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, both more affordable than comprable Canon offerings.

  • animalsbybarry

    Sounds like a nice lens

  • Rick

    that would be 600/5.6 on the long end .. would be a pretty massive lens.

    • Dragon

      Not so big if they use diffractive optics. The new 400 DO is very sharp and the long-in-the-tooth 70-300 says they can use the technology in a zoom. That should put in in the same size class as the Tammy and Sigma 150-300s. Maybe a little shorter and fatter. It is a about time for another DO lens.

      • Rick

        DO doesn’t change front element size. a 600/5.6 is still 110mm front element.

        • Dragon

          Like I said, a little shorter and fatter. The Tamron and Sigma Contemporary are 95mm and the Sigma Sport is 105mm. DO does make that element much lighter, though as Fresnel lenses are by nature much thinner.

          • Rick

            depends on the element. most of the times. not really because it’s an internal element.

  • Geoff Crimmins

    Something to compete with Nikon’s 200-500 f/5.6 would be nice.

    • SteveHood

      Sounds like it will be much more expensive than the Nikon and Sigma/Tamron lenses. The larger 600mm f5.6 front element would guarantee that. My guess is that it will cost at least 50% more than the 100-400mm.

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