Thursday, 26 August 2010

Canon News: Clutch of new lenses

Canon have upgraded some of their 'big dog' white lenses, a new 'not-sure-who-will-buy-it' L-series zoom, the two extenders and also a fish-eye zoom too!  They're also on the case updating the 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses too (Due December 2011)...

Canon EF 300 f/2.8 L IS II and 400 f/2.8 L IS II

As a wildlife photographer, these are the most exciting lenses.  I've hired the 300 f/2.8 L IS for trips to the Arctic and Namibia and would struggle to fault its quality.  Well, it's been improved alongside its closest brother, both with new design and materials meaning a welcome weight saving too.

300mm f/2.8L IS II


  • 300mm f/2.8 high-performance super-telephoto lens
  • Part of Canon’s acclaimed L series
  • Durable, rugged and lightweight
  • 4 stop Image Stabilizer
  • Enhanced image quality with SWC coating
  • 3 IS modes
  • Quiet and fast autofocus 
More details here 

Due Late August 2011

400mm f/2.8L IS II


  • 400mm f/2.8 ultra-high-performance super-telephoto lens
  • Part of Canon’s acclaimed L series
  • 4 stop Image Stabilizer
  • 3 IS modes
  • Durable, rugged design
  • Enhanced image quality
  • Quiet and fast autofocus 
More details here.

Due Late August 2011

Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM



  • High performance telephoto zoom lens
  • Part of Canon’s acclaimed L series
  • 4 stop Image Stabilizer
  • Two UD elements
  • Highly resistant to dust and water
  • 8 blade circular aperture
  • Quiet & fast autofocus
  • Compatible with a tripod collar 






(If this tickles your fancy, you may also want to check out one of the 70-200 L IS lenses (there's a new f/2.8 version, or the f/4 one), alongside a 1.4x extender)


More details here








1.4x III and 2x III Extenders
  • Extends the master lens focal length by 1.4x/ 2.0x
  • Outstanding image quality
  • Highly resistant to dust and water
  • Improved communication between lens and camera
  • Optimised lens coatings
  • Compatible with L-Series telephoto and telephoto zoom lenses
 More details here.

EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM


  • Circular or full frame Fisheye zoom lens
  • Part of Canon’s acclaimed L series
  • Durable and rugged design
  • Quiet and fast autofocus
  • Full-time manual focusing
  • Easier lens cleaning 
Due late July 2011.

More details here.