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New Canon super-telephoto lens coming in 2016

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New Canon super-telephoto lens coming in 2016

Canon is rumored to be working on a super-telephoto lens that features a maximum aperture slower than f/4 and which could offer a focal length longer than 400mm.

The biggest camera and lens vendor in the world is working on a number of new as well as high-profile products that will be announced by the end of 2016. We are talking about Canon, which has already unveiled the 5DS and 5DS R DSLRs as well as the amazing EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens in 2015.

Next year, however, the Japan-based company is allegedly planning to release the EOS 1D X Mark II along with plenty of other optics. According to a reliable source, a new Canon super-telephoto lens will become official and it will have a smaller-than-f/4 maximum aperture.

Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
The Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM is an expensive lens, but Canon may be working on a cheaper version in order to bring more photographers into the super-telephoto territory.

New Canon super-telephoto lens rumored to feature slower-than-f/4 aperture

Digital imaging companies must provide cameras and lenses for all types of photographers. Super-telephoto optics are very expensive and only a few people can afford them. Thankfully, Canon may be able to find a solution. A trusted source, who has been right in the past, is claiming that the solution consists of a new Canon super-telephoto lens with a maximum aperture slower than f/4.

The first thing that comes to mind is a replacement to the EF 400mm f/5.6L lens. The problem is that the source has said that this is not the model that is coming. Instead, it will be a brand new optic, possibly one that has not even been made in the past by the Japanese manufacturer.

For the time being, the leakster has not revealed the exact focal length, but there are reasons to believe that this is a prime unit. Additionally, it is unknown whether it is an L-designated lens or not. Judging by the fact that it is said to be affordable, the new Canon super-telephoto lens may not have “L” designation.

The optic will be unveiled in 2016 and its release date will also be set for sometime in 2016.

Canon may choose to compete against Sigma and Tamron telephoto zoom optics

There are a couple of possibilities for the new Canon super-telephoto lens. The digital imaging giant may choose to take on smaller players, such as Tamron and Sigma, which have been faring well in the 500mm as well as 600mm departments.

Canon’s upcoming optic may well be a zoom optic that will compete against the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 and 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lenses. This is just a rumor, for now, so you should not draw any conclusions and you should refrain from getting too excited. Stick with us for more details!

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