Canon may be on the verge of replacing two of its biggest lenses, in order to avoid remaining too far behind its competition.
Camera manufacturers are constantly upgrading their digital imaging offerings with new products. The actual camera units are not the only objects which need to be replaced, as lenses also have a limited lifespan.
Canon is rumored to launch a new tiny DSLR, which should be smaller than the current line of Rebel cameras. Some sources suggest that the company will actually launch an entirely new series of cameras. However, the upcoming shooter, whose specs were leaked on the web, may well be the replacement of the Rebel T3 / EOS 1100D.
Canon EF 200 f/2L and EF 800 f/5.6L replacements to be announced very soon
Meanwhile, the Japanese organization is also working on a replacement for two of its largest lenses. Although the entire big lens lineup may be replaced soon, two super-telephoto optics are closer to their final demise, claims the source
The first is the Canon EF 800 f/5.6L IS. This telephoto lens has had its lens hood discontinued for quite some time. However, the optic has not been officially discontinued yet and it seems like photographers can still find it at most retailers.
Things may be a little clearer in the case of the EF 200 f/2L IS, because this lens has been out of stock at most retailers for quite some time. The company has not announced plans to ship new batches, therefore it may release an upgrade very soon.
The upcoming Canon EF 200 f/2L IS II and EF 800 f/5.6L IS II (if that is how they will be called) will feature a design similar to their predecessors. The white lenses will also be made out of the same materials as other big lenses, which have been replaced in recent times.
Both of them will be lighter than the ones they are replacing and will feature the latest technologies found in Canon’s most recent telephoto lenses.
The two lenses are in stock, but in very limited quantities
The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM super-telephoto lens is currently in stock at Amazon for the price of $13,249. The retailer says that only four units are left in stock, but more are on their way.
On the other hand, the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM telephoto can be found in very limited supplies at Amazon, but through 3rd-party sellers for a price starting at $5,899.