Canon is working on three new telephoto lenses which will be announced by the end of 2013 during different product launch events.
Canon is looking to refresh its telephoto lens lineup. The Japan-based corporation will work its magic sometime in the following weeks with the help of the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x lens, which has been rumored for quite some time.
Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens release date could be May 14, 2013
The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens will be introduced to the general public on May 14. The product has been supposed to become available for a very long time.
However, a recent set of details suggested that it will be announced sometime in early 2014. Thankfully, this is no longer the case, as the lens will become official in two weeks.
The Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x lens release date is scheduled for late September or early October 2013, though pricing information remains a secret.
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS replacement to be announced in August
Furthermore, the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS replacement will be officially revealed in late August. This is one of the five lenses previously rumored to be announced by the Japanese company by the end of this year.
It appears that Canon is actively testing some prototypes of the product across Asia and the lens should compete against Nikon’s 80-400mm lens as of fall 2013.
The reason why this optic is not available yet on the market is that the Japanese company has encountered several issues with the manufacturing process, but everything should be fine before its launch date.
Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II announcement happening this fall
Last but not least, the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II will also become available on the market this year. The announcement date of this product will occur when the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x will become available on the market.
Sources say that the new version will feature improved vignetting, while capturing sharper photos. However, the rest will be similar to the previous version, though a built-in teleconverter may be added to the optic.
The Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS II release date will also be determined by stock levels of the current generation. If retailers remain out of these optics, then Canon will speed up the manufacturing procedure.
As usual, it is worth reminding that these are just rumors and that the information will be verifiable only if the lenses actually become available to the market.