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Canon 100-400mm L IS II Is Coming, Image Leaks Online | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on November 6th 2014

It has been a long time coming, and after what was  a plethora of false starts (most recently that it would be announced at Photokina with the 7D Mark II), it seems that the Canon 100-400mm is finally being updated.

Rumors about the new lens have been swirling for years and years, but have really picked up in the last several weeks as Canon Rumors, Canon Watch, and the other Canon rumor mill participants have all had posts go up regarding the 100-400mm replacement. All of which seem to now be validated – at least partially – with the leak of what appears to be an image of the updated 100-400mm IS II.


The actual full name of the lens, which will be the Canon 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II, does have at least one very distinct difference from its predecessor. Unlike the original 100-400mm it has been said (and seems to be confirmed by the leaked image), that the new model will feature a standard zoom design, rather than the push/pull design Canon utilized in the original model.

It will be interesting to see how this performs and what the final specs on this lens actually are, considering it has much stiffer and higher performing competition than when the original was released. Sigma just announced their two new 150-600mm zooms, Tamron has had their 150-600mm out for almost a year, all of which beat the 100-400mm in focal range and image quality. So it will be interesting to see how this lens fits into the market where it is already at a disadvantage.

[REWIND: Initial Hands on Impression of The Canon 7D Mark II From Photo Plus]

Remember, we have been teased about this lens before, so don’t go sell off all your telephoto lenses to get ready for this one. But given the rumors of late, and this supposedly leaked image, it seems likely the 100-400mm replacement may finally be arriving, sooner rather than later.

[via Canon Rumors]


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. adam sanford

    Update: Another picture surfaced last night that corroborated the leaked picture above:

    This lens is absolutely real. The only question now is timing and pricing.

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  2. Barry Cunningham

    I would be delighted to update my push/pull 100-400.
    Just need to find a bag of cash someplace.

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    • adam sanford

      Be prepared to say goodbye to push/pull. All of the rumors (and now pictures) point to traditional zoom ring replacing the trombone-style design.

      I guess Canon decided that if zoom rings work for everything from budget lenses to $10k+ superteles, something in between shouldn’t have something different.

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  3. William Emmett

    It will be interesting to see how the image quality holds up against the Tamron, and Sigma. I’ll be really interested with this lens paired with the new 7D II. Canon will have do a lot of work to do better IQ than the old version of this lens. Still have to wait and see. I’m also wondering about the price. This is a total redesign from the push pull lens, that alone will cost a mint.


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    • adam sanford

      Respectfully disagree, William. Canon will not have to do much to outperform the current 100-400L — it is 16 years old and has well identified limitations.

      Further, Canon has been horrifically slow to offer new EF lenses, but what does make it to market is usually a winner performance-wise. Consider: Canon has been killing it with their recent zooms — the 24-70 f/2.8L II, 24-70 F/4L IS, and 16-35 F/4L IS are excellent new offerings that really shine over their predecessors.

      The question is price. Offering the only 100-400 option above the Mark I version would imply pent-up demand would command a high price. But now there are three new 150-600 offerings to compete against. It will be interesting to see how greedy Canon is with the opening pricing.

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  4. adam sanford

    The unicorn lives! The CR forums people have been waiting for this Loch Ness Monster to finally surface.

    The most jaded of forum denizens have endured *years* of suffering through rumor after rumor with no product to show for it. But those same folks — buoyed from a spate of recent rumors and now this photo — have pivoted hard from disbelief to excitement. People are geeked.

    This is the great value in a first-party supertele zoom for birders and wildlife folks — great reach in a small package, with IS and weather sealing to boot. Given how much you’d save over the 200-400 F/4 IS 1.4x and how much sharper it will be than a 70-200 w/2x, this lens will command a fairly high price ($2k) and sell very well, despite the recent 150-600 releases from third parties.

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  5. Trevor Chapman

    Might be time to switch out my old non-is 70-200!

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