Just a few days ago we featured a sneak preview of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The lens that looks as if it will never get released to the public. The latest murmured release date was postponed to 2014! Now there are new tidbits about the release of the lens: May 14, 2013, may the the day Canon will eventually officially announce this highly awaited lens to the public, the lens should then be available to the public in September-October 2013. Prototypes exist and are undergoing tests, see here and here.[via CR]
juzaphoto posted a comprehensive hands-on review of a pre-production Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x, the lens that’s still not available to the public. No sample pics have been published, it is not allowed by Canon. One interesting fact, they write:
Now it is getting close to release: if everything goes well, it should reach the market in mid 2014.
Mid of 2014? This is new! We didn’t have any hint that Canon may release the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x in mid 2014. That is another delay. Will this lens ever be released?
In the conclusion they write:
A lens like that has its pros and cons. Its zoom range is very versatile; AF is fast, and the built-in teleconverter is handy. The main cons are its weight – it is similar to the big 600 f/4 – and the f/4 aperture. In very low light a 300 f/2.8 or 400 f/2.8 have an advantage, even tough with recent cameras as the 1DX you have such great ISO capabilities that you can compensate a bit for the one stop difference.
Even though personally I am a big fan of the 300 f/2.8, I can see two potential customers for this lens: sport photographers and the nature photographer that shoots mainly from hides or car, as in safaris. In these cases the weight of this lens is not a problem, since you don’t have to carry it around, and the versatility of the 200-560mm zoom range is a great plus.
One last thought is about price and availability. Canon has not said anything about price, but it won’t be cheap – my bet is between $9000 and $10000 […]
ephotozine had the chance to shot some pictures of a pre-production model of the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS at Focus On Imaging 2013. No price nor release date announced so far.
The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x is still an entity without price (though >$10000 are rumored), with no release date, and not available for those who would like to have it. The latest murmuring about the reasons for the delay are suggesting that there could be a design issue. Quoting CR:
The latest […] is that the lens has needed a redesign in regards to the “bump” that holds the built-in 1.4 TC. […] it was brought to the attention of Canon at the Olympics that some pros were complaining that the “bump”, or a function of the “bump” got in the way of something. Again, what the something was wasn’t elaborated upon.
CR has more hints that Canon will soon announce a new, high resolution DSLR. The talk is about a 46MP sensor.
I’m told that the coming big megapixel camera is a very new sensor design/overhaul. The emphasis is in the dynamic range of the sensor. Performance is said to be on the level of medium format, even better than the impressive D800.
The high res cam is said to get a new naming scheme (no 3D nor something with “D”). Canon should announce it at PhotoPlus in New York City in October.
There are also new lenses that are said to show up soon. The EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x is expected to be announced by Canon at PhotoPlus. Finally, two f/4 telephoto lenses are rumored to be announced in January 2013: the EF 300 f/4L IS II and the EF 400 f/4L IS.
Therefore we have two points that we always keep in mind for professional photographers – Canon contributes to photo culture and also Canon develops products. Those are the two roles Canon has.
Canon Europe published an interview with Mr. Ken-ichi Shimbori (Advisory Director, Group Executive, Photo Products Group). The focus is on the EOS system and professional photographers. Discussed topics include video modes on the EOS 5D Mark II and what Canon thinks about DSLR video making, the development and philosophy of the EOS system, the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens, and more. The interview is worth to be read.
CPN: Do you have a dream EOS camera that you’d like to develop and have in the EOS range, or is there something that the EOS System has achieved that you are most proud of?
KS: “My personal dream to develop EOS would be that EOS can do more than what a human eye can do. Just for example, at high ISO the human eye cannot sense lightness or darkness, so actually EOS with high sensitivity can recognise the subject and can shoot – that is one example.
For example, in the film ‘Blade Runner’ a picture is enlarged and enlarged with no reduction in the high quality, so even when it’s enlarged, enlarged and enlarged again the detail still remains. That is also a dream – high pixel count technology.”