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Official: Canon EF 200–400mm f/4L IS USM released!
The wait is finally over! Canon just released the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X lens!

Weighing in at 8-pounds, sports and wildlife photographers are going to revel in the convenience of this new lens. It features a built-in 1.4x extender making it a 280-560mm f/5.6 zoom lens with a flip of a switch.
Now you can dramatically achieve longer focal lengths and capture fleeting moments without having to waste time changing lenses, adding extenders, or getting dust in your gear.

Pre-order the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X. Priced at $11,799

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Introducing the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x – improved performance and versatility for professional sports and wildlife photographers

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 14 May 2013 – Canon today adds a new category to its range of high-performance super-telephoto lenses, with the introduction of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x to Canon’s acclaimed L-series. The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features a flexible 200-400mm focal range with a fixed f/4 aperture, 4-stop optical Image Stabilizer and for the first time in a commercially available lens, a built-in 1.4x extender. These features combine to provide an outstandingly versatile lens for professional sports or wildlife photographers. A robust magnesium alloy design, environmental protection and specialised lens coatings also make it ideal for mobile use, combining with the finest quality optics to deliver exceptional results, even in the harshest conditions.

Get closer to the action with superior image quality

The reach of the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is boosted by its internal 1.4x extender, which is engaged or disengaged at the flick of a lever to provide an extended focal length of 280mm to 560mm – allowing photographers to get even closer to distant action. Ensuring the highest image performance, the optical design includes both fluorite and Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lens elements, which help minimise chromatic aberration and eliminate colour blurring. Advanced anti-reflection SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC) and Super Spectra Coating also reduce ghosting and flare. Thanks to the use of the latest optical technologies, image performance is unaffected when the integrated extender is used.

With a fixed f/4¹ aperture the use of high shutter speeds to capture fast-paced action or a low-light scene is possible. A newly designed optical Image Stabilizer, which provides users with a four stop advantage, while IS ‘Mode 3’ applies image stabilisation only at the time of exposure – ensuring that photographers can pan with fast-paced action without IS overcompensating for movement. This feature is ideal for sports photographers, who typically have only a split-second to capture a subject in front of them.

Powerful, flexible focusing

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x features Canon’s pioneering ring-type Ultrasonic Motor providing fast, silent autofocusing. For those who prefer to fine-tune focus themselves, full-time manual override allows photographers to manually focus at any moment when using AF. The Power Focus (PF) mode also increases versatility during movie shooting with the EOS-1D C or EOS-1D X, enabling photographers to achieve an accurate pull-focus effect at one of two speeds, simply by twisting the focus recall ring and stopping at a pre-set distance.

High-performance design for professional demands

Designed to answer professional demands for superior image quality and versatile zoom range, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x a boasts a premium-quality design befitting Canon’s industry-renowned L-series lenses.

The tough magnesium alloy chassis ensures that, despite the inclusion of the 1.4x extender, the lens is a similar weight to lenses of comparable focal length. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear lens elements also reduce the ability of dirt to cling to the lens surface, while a dust and water-resistant construction allows photographers to shoot in challenging weather conditions. The combination of outstanding optical performance, versatility, weight and tough construction will make it an essential part of any professional sports or wildlife photographer’s kitbag.

EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x key features:

  • Built-in 1.4x extender, for extra magnification when you need it
  • Shoot in low light with four-stop Image Stabilizer
  • High image quality using Fluorite lens elements
  • Fast AF with USM technology
  • Robust design for use in the toughest environments

¹ F5.6 aperture when the internal 1.4x extender is activated




















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May 14, 2013 at 04:00 AM
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3620g........

Interesting that the extender seems to improve the MTF at the wide end



May 14, 2013 at 04:03 AM
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about 1/2 lb more than 500 IS II + 1.4x; Not my cup of tea but it does sound like a winner for sports photogs


May 14, 2013 at 04:05 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


Sweet Jesus!


May 14, 2013 at 04:05 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


Meh. It's too large and heavy.
I'll stick with the Nikkor for now. I'm glad I did not wait.

EBH



May 14, 2013 at 04:06 AM
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Wow, only $3.26 a gram. A bargain at twice the price...


May 14, 2013 at 04:09 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


For that amount of money it should be smaller, but 25 elements is probably the reason. 33 elements with the internal TC is just crazy. I wonder what the flare is like.

EBH



May 14, 2013 at 04:16 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


100-400 looks pretty good at 1/10th the price...


May 14, 2013 at 04:28 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


I really wanted this lens when it was announced and would have done something dumb like plunk down 8k just because I was excited from the announcement and the buzz around it. After waiting this long, I'm over it. A 100-400 and 300/2.8 are fine for me. I can switch to Nikon and buy this lens and still come out way ahead. Of course I'll have to put the 1.4x on the lens myself.

And oddly enough, I never thought I would say that a Sigma is looking interesting - the new 120-300 certainly has more appeal at the bargain price of 3500 and holds promise based on the reviews of the other redesigned Sigma lenses.

Interesting times!



May 14, 2013 at 04:31 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


Wonder how this compares to a 70-200 II with TC 1.4 III and TC 2 III


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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


I will probably get one eventually. I'm retired and can reward myself for the decades of scrimping now. But given Canon's tendency in the last few years of releasing things with problems, I think I'll wait about a year for final firmware or whatever flaw they need to fix.


May 14, 2013 at 04:50 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


saneproduction wrote:
Wonder how this compares to a 70-200 II with TC 1.4 III and TC 2 III


I don't think there's any contest there. Even the 400 DO is better.



May 14, 2013 at 04:50 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


Finally :-). Very nice! Need to start saving up for one!


May 14, 2013 at 04:55 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


I may end up buying this lens but why does all canon lenses cost so much more than their Nikon counterparts? The Nikon version is listed for $6,268.00. almost half the price. Yikes Canon!! give us a break.


May 14, 2013 at 04:56 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


So, have Peter (Petkal) pre-ordered his already?


May 14, 2013 at 04:59 AM
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sincejan wrote:
I may end up buying this lens but why does all canon lenses cost so much more than their Nikon counterparts? The Nikon version is listed for $6,268.00. almost half the price. Yikes Canon!! give us a break.



Bound to come down in price from where it is like all lenses do.



May 14, 2013 at 05:01 AM
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stanj wrote:
I don't think there's any contest there. Even the 400 DO is better.


I am sure not, but having just ordered mine today, I wonder is it would be a decent substitute for my work. Especially interested in the TC 1.4x III as I have one that was great on my 200 1.8L... Just sold my 200 sadly.



May 14, 2013 at 05:02 AM
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Stoffer wrote:
So, have Peter (Petkal) pre-ordered his already?


Are you getting one Peter? I wouldn't think so as this seems targeted at sports shooters.



May 14, 2013 at 05:04 AM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


I know it would but i am sure its going to be still pricey. As a photographer who uses both systems canon just have to bring their prices down, way too expensive and we all know that Nikon lenses are sharper


May 14, 2013 at 05:09 AM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released!


Clever technology, and it's great to see Canon innovating in this way. It will likely cost around 13k Euros this side of the water, which is no doubt a fair price for what it is, but will restrict sales somewhat as 13k is a hell of a lot of money.


May 14, 2013 at 05:16 AM
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