Canon has announced the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens, which has been rumored to become official for several years.
This is one of the most rumored digital imaging products of all time. Additionally, it has been said that Canon should have introduced it a long time ago. Well, it is unclear why it has been delayed, but the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens is finally here.
The new products comes with an improved image stabilization technology, enhanced optical formula, and better zoom design among others and its release date is set to take place later in 2014.
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens becomes official with Air Sphere Coating
The Japan-based company has proudly revealed the second-generation of its super-telephoto zoom lens aimed at full frame DSLR cameras and compatible with APS-C-sized DSLRs, too.
As stated above, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens employs a new internal design with 21 elements split into 16 groups. The formula includes Fluorite and Super Ultra-Low Dispersion elements, which are meant to decrease chromatic aberration.
Furthermore, the optic comes with a new Air Sphere Coating, an anti-reflection coating that reduces flare and ghosting, thus increasing the image quality.
A redesigned weathersealed lens with new image stabilization technology
This is an L-designated lens, meaning that the product is also made out of high-end materials, beside providing superior image quality.
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens is weather-resistant, so users can take it out in the wild as it can withstand extreme conditions.
Introduced in 1998, the previous version did not offer a zoom ring. The pull-to-zoom technique is history in the new model, as it comes with a conventional zoom ring that offers smooth, fast zooming.
The image stabilization system has been revamped, too, now offering up to four f-stops of light. Additionally, the lens “knows” when it is mounted on a tripod, so it automatically turns off the IS system in this case.
Release date and price details of Canon’s new telephoto zoom lens
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens comes packed with a distance scale and offers a minimum focusing distance of 98 centimeters.
The optic measures 94mm in diameter and 193mm in length, while its filter thread stands at 77mm. The ET-38D hood is brand new and it allows users to rotate a polarizing filter without being removed from the lens.
This product weighs 1,570 grams / 3.46lbs and it will be released on the market in December 2014 for a price of $2,199. Potential buyers can already pre-order it at Amazon right now.