Photography Blog posted their review about Canon’s new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II, the long-awaited replacement for the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS. The lens gets a “Highly Recommended”.
In the conclusion:
Image quality is generally excellent. Chromatic aberrations are very well controlled, bokeh is impressive despite the slowish maximum apertures, and the Air Sphere coatings successfully prevent contrast loss attributable to flare. The only real optical issues are some corner shading especially at the 400mm focal length, and a lack of centre and edge sharpness when shooting wide-open at 300-400mm. Still, given the versatile focal range on offer, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is an excellent performer.
As usual Photography Blog’s review come with sample pics, sharpness tests etc.
The previous model, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS, is currently selling for $1,499 after a $200 mail-in rebate (USA). The new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II is available for pre-order for $2,199 at B&H Photo and Adorama (Adorama with some accessories). Lens specs (taken from B&H’s product page):
- EF Mount L-Series Lens/Full-Frame Format
- One Fluorite and One Super UD Element
- Air Sphere and Fluorine Lens Coatings
- Ring-Type USM AF Motor, Internal Focus
- Optical Image Stabilizer with 3 Modes
- Rotating Zoom Ring & Torque Adjustment
- Weather-Sealed Design
- Detachable, Rotatable Tripod Collar
- Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm