New Canon lens announcements made my day

Today Canon announced some very exciting new lenses to be available this year. Being a bird photographer (even if owning any photo equipment at the moment) these new lenses excited me a lot.


Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x telezoom lens.

One of the lens I had been waiting for ages is the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x. So far only the 100-400mm lens was available which far not my favourite Canon lens. The integrated 1.4x extender makes this lens very special. It could be enabled or disable depends on the requirements. I hope image quality will be far better than the 100-400 had. By the internal zoom is internal avoiding vacuuming dust to sensor. This lens could be a very nice addition to my bird photography line-up to be used especially for wildlife and birds in flight photography.

Its price is not yet available but in my opinion and calculation it should be around $ 6-8,000.


Canon EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM.


Canon EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM super telephoto lens.

Two other big toys have also been announced. The new EF 500mm and EF 600mm lens will come out with improved image stabilization, redesigned glass elements and brand new weather proof housing. Details are widely available on the net but what impressed me the most, especially regarding the 600mm II, was the awesome reduction of its weight (27%). I remember those days on the Anaso Tack in the Lore Lindu National Park of Sulawesi where my old 600mm lens was carried in my backpack. I would have been happier by 1.4 kg less weight while climbing towards the summit. Also its length was reduced by approx. 90mm which makes packing a bit easier.

The new 600mm lens will be lighter than then current 500mm super tele lens. That is a very good news. The bad news is the price of the new 600mm lens which equal of a small car. The announced price is $ 11.999.


Canon EOS-1D Mark IV camera body.

So what the next camera body will be introduced? Will Canon EOS-1D Mark IV still be a close to perfect solution for bird photographers for the next couple of years or we can expect something even more spectacular. By the way… how Nikon will respond to recent innovations. Will they be able to catch up Canon at all?

It is time to open an account to save some money…


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