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.”
Note: All pics, above and below, credited to inkiboo.
While neither the EOS-1D X nor the EF 200-400mm f/4 IS USM are available for the general public, there are hundred of these stacked in a room, ready for loan to professionals. Moreover, first impressions about the EF 200-400mm are showing up.
According to Northlight Images the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x Lens has been spotted out in the wild, shooting a tennis match in Wimbledon. There are no exact specifications for this lens. We know that the extender is build-in and switchable, meaning it becomes a 280-560mm F5.6 lens. The price is also unknown, a tag of $11,000-12,000 is rumored. This is a long awaited lens, and an imminent release now sounds plausible. The lens was announced by Canon last year:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon Inc. today announced the development of a new super-telephoto lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x, for use with all EOS SLR cameras. A prototype of the new lens will be exhibited at the CP+ tradeshow, held in Pacifico Yokohama, from February 9 – 12, 2011.
The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x is being developed as an L-series super-telephoto lens with an integrated 1.4x extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer technology. The new lens will offer exceptional flexibility by incorporating a built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.