After numerous speculations, the aging Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM finally gets its successor - Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM. Canon's former trombone-style ace, which climbed the world scene as early as 1998, has been replaced by a traditional rotating zoom design and along with it, multitudinous optical enhancements have arrived.
The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, an L-series second generation super telephoto zoom lens, is somewhat taller, wider and heavier than its predecessor, and its rotating zoom design makes sure no dust enters the interior of the lens while operating. Moreover, it offers 3 image stabilization modes (standard, panning and during exposure only), as well as 4 stops of stabilization, in comparison to 1.5 stop that characterized the predecessor. When the lens is placed on a tripod, its mechanism will automatically lock the IS elements. The minimum focus distance has been lowered to 0.98m (in relation to 1.98m, which characterize the predecessor), which will be particularly suitable for photographs that want to come as closely as possible to the target, while the maximum magnification is 0.31x. Packaged with this lens comes an ET-83D hood, which features a slot for easier adjustment of filters.
This advanced telephoto lens is situated in a rugged magnesium housing, which makes it weather-resistant, and which is perfect for capturing wildlife, sport events, as well as to meet the needs of photojournalists. The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM features a completely new optical formula with one Fluorite and one Super UD element (in total, 21 elements in 16 groups), which brings sharp images of high resolution and contrast, and neutralizes chromatic aberrations along the entire range. What is more, this lens offers an Air Sphere Coating (ASC), which considerably reduces flaring and ghosting, as well as a powerful, but quiet, ultrasonic motor (USM), and it can also be combined with all Canon EOS cameras.
According to the repertoire, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM is due to appear in December 2014, and it will cost $2199.
The news was taken from CANON.