15 November 2014

New: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon just announced a new incarnation of its compact 100-400 super tele-zoom, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. The lens is scheduled to be available in December 2014 for an estimated retail price of $2,199.00/€2,199.00.

Features

  • Compact, high performance L-series super-telephoto zoom makes it ideal for sports and wildlife photography.
  • One fluorite and one super UD lens element provides excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, helping to deliver high-quality images with high resolution and contrast.
  • Rotation-type zoom ring allows for more precise composition and excellent balance when handholding.
  • 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 steps of correction*.
  • Three image stabilization modes (standard, panning, and during exposure only) provide outstanding results for a wide range of shooting situations.
  • Improved zoom torque adjustment ring allows easy setting of zoom tension.
  • New Air Sphere Coating (ASC) helps to significantly reduce backlit flaring and ghosting.
  • Highly resistant to dust and water, and amazing durability enabling shooting even in harsh conditions.
  • Circular aperture (9 blades) helps deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
  • Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces helps reduce smears and fingerprints.
  • Lens hood with side window permits specialty filters to be adjusted with hood in place.
  • Newly designed tripod mount can be attached or detached without removing the lens from the camera.
  • Minimum focusing distance of 3.2 ft. / 0.98 m with 0.31x maximum magnification.

Specifications

Focal Length & Maximum Aperture100-400mm 1:4.5-5.6
Lens Construction21 elements in 16 groups
Diagonal Angle of View24°-6°10'
Focus AdjustmentInner focus system / USM
Closest Focusing Distance3.2 ft. / 0.98m
Zoom SystemRotation Type
Filter Size77mm
Max. Diameter x Length, WeightApprox: 3.7" x 7.6" / 94 x 193mm
Approx. 3.46 lbs./1570g (without tripod mount)
Approx. 3.62 lbs./1640g (with tripod mount)

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