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Canon EOS EF 100-400-f4 -f5.6 IS “L” Lens – Patent Pending – Does this mean a NEW version is Coming

April 3, 2013

Introduction and Perspective: Rumors. What do they mean. To some, rumors are authentic wispers of truth from people that are in the know. To others rumors are complete fiction and the food for fools. And of course there is everything inbetween. For us these creations are an interesting combination of “ambitious wish lists of enthusiasts” married with “the words of amateur marketing executives,” in effort to determine the Next Iteration of an existing product, or more agressively, a New Product. With the litigiousness of our society these days, the Non Disclosure Agreements entered into by employees and engineers. In reality, “The people that know, dont talk; the people that don’t know, talk.” However, it sure in stimulating to attempt to forecast. We will pass the most interesting along for you to digest or discard. You Decide.


Canon EOS EF 100-400-f4 -f5.6 IS "L" Lens – Patent Pending – Does this mean a NEW version is Coming. Of note this lens increases the maximum aperature from f4.5 to f4.0, also heard the front filter diameter increases from 77mm to 82mm to accommodate the new optical design.

Canon’s EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Autofocus Lens, the current model, offers high resolution, superb contrast, neutral color balance, and Canon’s original built-in Image Stabilizer function. High zoom magnification is achieved by means of a 6-group configuration with 5 movable groups.

⚫ Fluorite and Super UD glass completely eliminate secondary spectrum for superb color rendition. Autofocusing is fast and silent with Canon’s ring USM, and AF speed is further enhanced through an advanced, lightweight rear focusing design that incorporates a floating element for consistent image quality at all focusing distances from 5.9′ to infinity.

Dual-mode Image Stabilizer. This lens is also equipped with a dual-mode Image Stabilizer suitable for panning as well as stationary subjects. With full-time manual focus, one-touch zooming with a wide grip, and a special ring that permits adjustment of zooming friction, this is a lens that’s extremely easy to use, and ideal for a wide variety of applications including nature, wildlife, sports, and documentary photography.

Canon’s EF 100-400mm IS lens is our favorite, bar none, for our imaging business, particularly with action sports photojournalism, this It combines the advantage of hand-held operation, very fast push-pull zooming capability, and reasonable cost to acquire. Perfect for almost all action sports such as football, soccer, baseball, softball, swiming, diving, golf, and tennis. This Canon Lens is one of canon’s most popular lenses, and came to market over 10 years ago; therefore it is “ready” for an optical and technology update.

Alternative professional ‘L” lenses. Here are a few to consider.

Canon’s EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Lens is the perfect choice for nature, wildlife and sports photographers. The best current price for this new lens is $10,990. The lens is extremely light for its class and the Image Stabilization system offers up to four extra stops of performance. The EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM features Fluorite optics that deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration, and Fluorine coating that keeps soiling, smears and fingerprints to a minimum. With a super-telephoto focal length, fast aperture and outstanding image quality, this lens provides reliability and exceptional results expected from the Canon line of L lenses. With a third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when the shutter button is fully pressed, and giving the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster, the EF 400mm f/2.8 IS II USM allows for easy panning and is ideally positioned for professional action photography. Fast, quiet Auto Focusing (AF) is provided by a ring-type fast Ultra-Sonic Motor (USM), dedicated AF algorithms and a high-speed CPU, which offers quick and accurate focusing during shooting. Photographers can also utilize full-time manual focusing functionality, which enables the adjustment and fine-tuning of focus even when the AF system is activated, providing even greater control over image capture. The Power Focus mode aids focusing during video shooting, allowing the photographer to smoothly adjust focus during filming by twisting the focus recall ring. With a security slot for wire-type security locks, buttons and switches are redesigned for intuitive, deliberate operation, and dust and water sealing keeps the lens functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.

Canon’s EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Telephoto Zoom Lens improves upon its predecessor, one of the most acclaimed lenses in the Canon EF line, with superior performance, increased speed and optical quality, with a cost of $2,375. This lens is constructed of 23 elements in 19 groups (including 1 Fluorite and 5 UD elements) which help deliver the sharpness and reduced aberration which professional photographers rely upon from Canon. The IS II Optical Image Stabilizer provides up to 4 stops of correction at all focal lengths. This lens has a minimum focusing distance of 3.9′ (1.2 m) at all zoom settings so you can get the shot when shooting close to your subject even in smaller spaces. Like all Canon L-series lenses, this telephoto zoom is dust- and moisture-resistant and designed to keep on going even in the most challenging of environments.

Canon EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS is a handy, all-in-one compact zoom lens for versatile and easy subject selection while traveling, at a price of $2,550. This lens offers the highest optical performance in its class, plus the convenience of focusing as close as 2.3 feet over the entire zooming range. This lens is also equipped with a dual-mode Image Stabilizer suitable for panning as well as stationary subjects. With full-time manual focus, optimized lens coatings to minimize ghosting and flare when used with a digital camera, high resistance to dust, moisture and water droplets, this is a lens that’s extremely easy to use, and ideal for a wide variety of applications including nature, wildlife, sports, and documentary photography. High resistance to dust, moisture and water droplets. Two-stage Image Stabilization can correct for all types of camera shake or just up/down shake (for use when panning with a moving subject). 8-blade circular aperture produces attractive background defocus. Optical design incorporates 3 UD elements and 2 Aspherical elements for excellent aberration correction and superior optical performance throughout the entire zoom range. Focus limiter switch


Rumor ID: Canon EOS EF 100-400-f4 -f5.6 IS “L” Lens – Patent Pending

Rumor Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Viability Rated by Jimmy

Rumor Viability Comment: Canon’s very popular Lens is due for an “update”

Other Lenses discussed in the article


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