Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II lens for full frame DSLR cameras is rumored to be announced towards the end of the summer or in early fall.
This is supposed to be Canon’s year of the lenses. However, it has not been impressive at all so far. The Japan-based company has failed to introduce any important lenses in 2014, giving users reasons to start worrying.
The rumor mill is still confident that the following months will deliver a plethora of new optics for EF and EF-S cameras, therefore the company’s fans should remain patient.
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II lens rumored to become official right in time for Photokina 2014
One of the upcoming products is allegedly the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II lens. It will be aimed at Canon DSLRs with full frame image sensors and the announcement of its development is supposedly on track to occur during the third quarter of this year.
Apparently, the lens itself will be released several months after its development announcement. This timeframe coincides with the Photokina 2014, but the lens’ introduction is set to take place before this show.
Since it is just the announcement of the development, photographers should expect to see only dummy units at the Photokina. As stated above, the real deal is coming a long time after world’s largest imaging trade fair.
Current Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens stock is depleting, making room for a replacement
The current Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS lens is available for a hefty price tag at Amazon. It can be purchased for an amount over $13,000, down from the $22,200 initial price tag.
Its replacement will most likely become available on the market for a similar price, that would allow you to buy a new car or two.
Amazon says that only one unit remains in stock. Usually, when more are on the way, the retailer says so on the product’s page. In the section dedicated to these super telephoto lenses, there is no such statement, suggesting that more units are not coming, which could be a sign that a replacement is inbound.
Either way, the second version of the 800mm optic is not the only lens rumored to become official this year. Brand new 300mm, 400mm, 500mm, 600mm, 70-400mm, tilt-shift models, primes, and other zoom lenses are reportedly under development and will be released in 2014.