The delayed successor Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens could be ready for prime time soon, as the company will begin manufacturing the product by the end of 2013.
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens is not such a popular lens due to its prohibitive price. However, it has its share of admirers and professional wildlife photographers have definitely given it a try.
Still, a lot of people feel that it should be replaced with a new version and Canon has admitted that a new version is on the way. Moreover, it has even demonstrated it at a couple of shows, so many people are left wondering why a replacement is not out yet.
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens successor to enter production by the end of the year
According to trusted sources, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens production will be closed soon. Shortly after that, the Japan-based company will begin manufacturing its inheritor.
People familiar with the matter are reporting that everything should occur by the end of 2013. This means that there is a slight possibility for the product to be released in late 2013, but the most likely release date is very early 2014.
Canon wants to meet EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x consumer demand first
Canon, like all companies, has run into a lot of production problems throughout the years. Super telephoto optics are harder to make, but shorter zoom lenses have not been safe either. The most recent example is the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II, which has been introduced in early 2012, but released only in late 2012.
It is said that the EOS maker is looking to finish production for the recently-announced EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens. The company wants to meet customer demand. Once this happens, EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM will end and the new one will begin.
Once current stocks are emptied, new version will be released
The company is expected to solve its issues in the fall of 2013. Meanwhile, the current EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM telephoto lens is available for $1,499 at Amazon.
Sources have also said that the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM replacement release date depends on how fast the stocks of the present version will empty.