Ask most photographers if they would like a lens with a fixed aperture of F/5.6, and the majority would tell you, “No way.” The remaining photographers would be birders/wildlife photographers who value weight savings over light/DoF considerations.
That is what makes the Canon 400mm f/5.6L such a popular lens for that demographic. It has a great range, while maintaining a small size – which makes it a great lens for walking around. It is starting to get a little old in the tooth though, and if this new rumor is correct, Canon will be updating it this year!
According to the rumor report over on Canon Rumors, the new version of the Canon EF 400mm F/5.6L will include Image Stabilization, increasing its value to ‘walk-around-birders’ even more. That is where details on the new lens end though, unfortunately.
As a bit of a wildlife shooter myself, I would love to get my hands on a 400mm F/5.6L IS. It would be a daytime lens, obviously, but even during the dusk hours, with how well cameras can do with ISO these days, I am sure you could still get some usable shots. This lens, paired with the Canon 7D Mark II would be a pair to beat.
The rumor did say that ‘if all goes to plan’, Canon would have the update for this lens out this year. So keep an eye out, and we will update you with any new info that crops up.
What are your thoughts on an update for the 400mm F/5.6L? Would you like one in your kit? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!