Canon will allegedly announce the development of a new 800mm f/5.6L IS USM lens sometime by the end of 2014, with Photokina 2014 as the most likely candidate for the announcement event.
Earlier this year, sources familiar with the matter have revealed that Canon is working on the next-generation 800mm f/5.6L lens. The product has been said to be scheduled for an introduction sometime in the third quarter of 2014.
New sources have come forth with similar claims, confirming that the Japan-based company will notify the masses about the development of a such new optic sometime by the end of the year. However, it is still uncertain whether or not it is still coming around Photokina 2014.
Canon to announce 800mm f/5.6L IS USM II lens development by the end of 2014
Announcing the development of a product does not mean that the product in question is close to being released on the market.
Companies are usually making such statements in order to give users a glimpse of what is coming and to keep them interested in a camera-lens mount.
Although this is just based on gossip talks, there have been multiple reports that a Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS USM replacement will be introduced in 2014.
Previous sources have been fairly certain that the optic would be revealed at Photokina 2014 or slightly before the world’s biggest digital imaging fair, which takes places in Cologne, Germany as of mid-September.
It would be unwise to bet everything on a Photokina launch, so we will remain on the safe side and will expect the lens to become official later this year.
Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS USM replacement to offer improved AF, IS, and IQ
Based on previous rumors, the Canon 800mm f/5.6L IS USM II lens will be a product lighter than its predecessor.
The company will allegedly use the same materials as the ones employed in more recent super telephoto prime lenses, such as the 300mm f/2.8L IS USM II, 400mm f/2.8L IS USM II, 500mm f/4L IS II, and 600mm f/4L IS USM II.
The new model will also come packed with an improved autofocus system, better image stabilization technology, and enhanced image quality, while keeping the total weight down.
In the past, it has been mentioned that the lens has been taken out of production and that Canon is waiting for the stocks to empty.
The aforementioned statement still needs to be verified, as Amazon has six more units in stock at a price of a little under $14,000, although it says that more units are on the way.