In an interesting bit of rumor mill chatter, it appears that Canon is in the process of developing a new super-telephoto lens for a 2016 release.

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That’s right. If you believe the latest rumor buzz, Canon is developing a new super-telephoto lens and the catch is that its aperture is slower than F/4. It is also apparently NOT a Canon 400mm F/5.6 replacement, but an entirely new lens altogether.

Unfortunately, this is where the information on this rumored lens stops. Basically, all we ‘know’ is that the lens is coming in 2016, is slower than F/4, and is not a 400mm F/5.6 replacement lens. Oh, and it is expected to be ‘affordable’ – though by Canon standards, who know what that means.

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Personally, if I were to dream, I would love something along the lines of 400-600F/5.6 zoom lens. That would be an epic birding and wildlife lens for the budget minded photographer. I could settle for a 600mm F/5.6, assuming it was sharp, and the image quality was superb.

I can hear the scream for a new 50mm F/1.4 already…

What are your thoughts on this rumor? Would you like to see a ‘slow & affordable’ super-tele lens from Canon in 2016? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Canon Rumors]