February 2011, Canon announces that it is developing a new telephoto lens for its EOS DSLR cameras – the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x zoom – that features an integrated focal length extender to take its zoom range to 280-560mm. This must go into the “at last” or “what took them so long” category. This has been a missing lens ever since Nikon released their 200-400, they are now on their second generation.
From Canon’s CPS website:
“The lens will be showcased at the CP+ event to be held in Yokohama, Japan, from 9 to 12 February 2011. Developed as part of Canon’s acclaimed L-series of professional lenses the new lens will be an ideal addition for sports and wildlife photographers who require high performance, fast aperture and a flexible telephoto range. It will enable photographers to shoot a greater breadth of subjects using a single lens, delivering the best possible image quality at all focal lengths. The zoom lens will offer an unsurpassed combination of versatility, first-class optical performance and an enhanced weatherproof construction. The EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x is scheduled for launch during 2011 and will be released as part of Canon’s continued development of its EF lens line-up, offering enhanced performance and improved functions that cater for the needs of photographers from beginners through to professionals.”
Canon also announced new versions of the EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4 L IS II USM lenses, these are to be released sometime this year along with the mark II versions of the 300 and 400mm lenses alredy announced, more details here.