Canon has announced December availability of its new powerful L-series EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS II USM telephoto lens.
The lens is an upgrade to its predecessor, popular among sports and wildlife photographers. The newest model’s optical structure has been redesigned and a number of new features and upgrades have been adopted, which Canon claims will improve image quality and enhance usability.
It features a claimed four-stop optical Image Stabiliser to reduce effects of camera shake, along with three IS modes tailored to most typical shooting conditions.
Close focusing has been improved to 98cm, or 0.31x magnification, to give photographers a close working distance to their subjects.
Other features include:
– Ultrasonic motor to provide fast, silent autofocusing;
– 21 element structure using a combination of Fluorite and Super Ultra-low Dispersion lens elements;
– Canon’s new Air Sphere Coating;
– Traditional twist action zoom mechanism;
– Zoom Touch Adjustment ring;
– A new dedicated lens hood, ET-83D, which allows rotate polarising filters without removing the hood;
– Dust and water resistant.
No local pricing has been provided by Canon Australia. It’s on pre-order in the US for US$2199.