Canon Set To Soon Announce A Super Telephoto Lens For The RF Mount?


It seems Canon might soon announce a super telephoto lens for the RF mount, i.e. for the EOS R camera system.

Rumor has it that Canon might be set to announce a new super telephoto lens for the EOS R mirrorless system- But which one it might be no one knows.

Speculation suggest Canon might release RF mount versions of the popular EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x and the EF 500mm f/4L IS USM II lenses. Both are professional lenses with professional price tags.

No more intel for the time being. Stay tuned for more…

Source: Canon Rumors

Deal: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4X – $8799 (reg. $10999, refurbished)

Canon EF 200-400mm

At a glance:

  • Focal Length & Maximum Aperture: 200-400mm 1:4 with extender off, 280-560mm 1:5.6 with extender on
  • Lens Construction: 25 elements in 20 groups (incl 1 rear filter) with extender off, 33 elements in 24 groups (incl 1 rear filter) with extender on
  • Diagonal Angle of View: 12°-6°10′ with extender off, 8°50′-4°25′ with extender on
  • Focus Adjustment: Inner focusing system
  • Closest Focusing Distance: 6.6 ft. / 2m
  • Filter Size: 52mm drop-in
  • Max Diameter x Length, Weight: 5.0 x 14.4 in/128mm x 366mm, 127.7 oz/3620g

The Canon Direct Store has refurbished Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4X lenses on sae at $8,799.20. Compare at $10,999. Free shipping.

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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x lens firmware update released (ver. 1.1.0)

Canon EF 200-400mm F/4L

Canon released firmware ver. 1.1.0 for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens.

Firmware Version 1.1.0 is incorporated with the following correction.

Corrects a phenomenon in which the subject may not be in focus on some occasions when using this lens with some camera models (*) and performing AF shooting from approximately 3m.

* Some camera models: EOS-1D X, Mark II, EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C, EOS 5Ds, EOS 5Ds R, EOS 5D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark III

Download firmware 1.1.0 for the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS Extender 1.4x.

This is how a $11,000 Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS 1.4x lens looks after being disassembled

EF 200-400mm F4L IS

Have you ever wondered what’s inside those big, white and expensive Canon “L” super-zoom lenses? Well, then I may have the video for you.

Canon Imaging Plaza posted a “deep inside” video where you can watch the EF 200-400mm f4 L IS 1.4x lens getting torn apart, and all the pieces arranged neatly one beside the other. Impressive.

Made up of hundreds of precise mechanical and optical parts, the EF 200-400mm F4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is a super telephoto lens that opened up new possibilities for professionals on the front line of sports, nature and news photography. Canon unveils the precise inner construction of this L lens that has not been visualized before. This video was filmed using stop motion animation method.

The highly regarded Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS 1.4x is yours for $11,000:
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Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS 1.4x at a glance:

  • High performance L-series super-telephoto zoom with built-in 1.4x extender (280-560mm, f/5.6) makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography
  • One fluorite and four UD lens elements provide excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, delivering high-quality images with high resolution and contrast
  • Inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing
  • Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to four shutter speed stops of correction.
  • Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide excellent results for a wide range of shooting situations

Canon EF 200-400mm F4L IS 1.4x

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Canon Patent for 200-400mm Teleconverter Lens

Canon Patent

Source: Egami (translated).

Canon filed a patent for a 200-400mm lens with built-in teleconverter and image stabilisation.

  • Patent Publication No. 2013-238827
    • Publication date 2013.11.28
    • Filing date 2012.5.17
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 1.90
    • Focal length f = 205.00 – 389.99mm
    • Fno. 4.12
    • Half angle ω = 6.02 – 3.18 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 389.84mm
    • BF 68.49mm
    • Teleconference insertion
      • Focal length f = 287.00 – 545.98mm
      • Fno. 5.77
      • Half angle ω = 4.31 – 2.27 °
  • Example 2
    • Focal length f = 585.10mm
    • Fno. 4.12
    • Half angle ω = 2.12 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 467.32mm
    • BF 83.15mm
    • Teleconference insertion
      • Focal length f = 819.00mm
      • Fno. 5.77
      • Half angle ω = 1.51 °
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 1.90
    • Focal length f = 307.50 – 585.00mm
    • Fno. 5.88
    • Half angle ω = 4.02 – 2.12 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 405.00mm
    • BF 75.70mm
    • Teleconference insertion
      • Focal length f = 427.00 – 812.33mm
      • Fno. 8.17
      • Half angle ω = 2.90 – 1.53 °
  • Canon patents
    • Teleconverter BF is the same in insertion and after insertion before
    • Vibration control
    • Teleconference to be inserted into the appropriate location, teleconverter can be miniaturised

Canon Patent

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Review (the ultimate wildlife lens)

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x
Snow goose in flight, Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico, USA. Canon EOS 7D, EF 200-400mm f/4L IS [email protected] 400mm (credits: Richard Bernabe, image used with permission)

Richard Bernabe, an internationally renowned landscape, wildlife, and travel photographer, published a review the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens, a professional “toy” that sells for ridiculous $12,000 (Amazon | Adorama | B&H). He used an EOS 7D and an EOS 5D Mark III for his shootings.

About the auto-focus he writes:

The 200-400mm f/4L offers lightening-quick, smooth, and incredibly accurate auto-focus capabilities for Canon EOS cameras. The lens focuses so fast and so effortlessly, that you literally cannot see it happening in the viewfinder

The lens is “pretty damned sharp – both with the extender and without” and “is impervious to almost any weather Mother Nature can throw at you“. From the conclusion:

Is the lens “worth” it? Who the hell knows? It will be worth it to some photographers and certainly not worth it to others. As a professional nature and wildlife photographer, it’s the lens I’ve waiting on for a long time. It’s the ultimate wildlife lens, period. But I already knew that two years ago before I ever got my hands on it. The only question was whether Canon delivered a clunker or hit a home run with the finished product. It appears to be the latter.
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x price check: Amazon | Adorama | B&H

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x
Image credit: Canon

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