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Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Replacement Coming?

By Carsten Krieger on February 4th 2014

With the Canon 200-400mm f/4 with built in 1.4x being out of the financial reach for most, many are waiting for the long rumored Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens replacement. The Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 has been a popular lens, but a relatively slow speed and a dust collecting push/pull zoom makes it look a bit outdated for some.

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 There has been much speculation how the replacement would look like and a recently filed patent could suggest that it might be a 70-400mm f/4.5-5.6 with IS. To me, this sounds rather interesting, although I wonder if Canon would put its Canon 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS in jeopardy with this lens.


The new lens would probably be aimed at sport and nature photographers and it would have to compete with the new Tamron 150-600/5-6.3 so it would make more sense to me to add some at the longer end…maybe a 200-500/5.6 IS…? With a reasonable price Canon could have a real winner here.

What do you think? Would a 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 be something you’d want to add to your arsenal?

Source: Canon Rumors

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Carsten Krieger is a freelance photographer based in Ireland. He is covering a wide range of subjects including architecture/interior, portrait and food (and with a proper supply of of tea and chocolate he is able to shoot about anything), but his true love is landscape photography. He has published and contributed to a number of books on Ireland’s landscape, nature and heritage and has written for various print and online magazines.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. J.Fawcett

    I don’t think it could be a good decision to make an overlaping lens with the 70-200mm. What many people needs is a zoom lens that covers the gap with actual focal lengths. In my case would buy a 200-500mm or a 200-600mm if it has a good image quality and Canon don’t try to shell it so expensive as they do with each new product they put on the market.

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  2. littleroot

    It will be hard to choose over the 70-200 2.8 IS II with the latest 2.x TC. Though this combo is not as wide, I cannot see myself owning both. And this is the best fast zoom they ever made

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  3. Max Lv.

    We allready have the 70-200mm is L ii USM. Love to see something covering over that range and higher with quality of image in mind to limit them. 150-600 is a time saver but a new 100-400 with an exdender option is good to me.

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  4. Hanssie

    Guess I better start saving….

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