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Gear Rumors

Canon Developing New ‘Slow’ Supertelephoto Lens For 2016?

By Anthony Thurston on May 26th 2015

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.


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.


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]

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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. Mads Helmer Petersen

    Would love if they are making a 500 mm F/5.6 L and they at the same time would price it os an ordinary person can buy it

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  2. Chuck Eggen

    Probably won’t cost more than a small sedan. That’s my prediction.

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  3. Brian McCue

    Canon released the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM in 2014 and the 200-400mm II F/4L in 2013. Otherwise they haven’t offered a Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens in over 10 years. Sigma & Nikon have released a number of Telephoto Zoom Lens in the past few years. It’s time to keep up with the competition.

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  4. William Emmett

    I could imagine a Canon EF 600mm f5.6L USM in the tubes, but I could hardly think of it as a budget lens. Canon just don’t make budget lenses in the “L” series. Of course it may not be a “L” lens. That would be a different story.


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    • adam sanford

      Sure, but a 600 f/5.6L USM for (say) $2-3k would be a stellar alternative to the $11k 600mm f/4L IS II USM and it would be sharper and have faster AF than a teleconvertered 100-400L II or 300/400 prime. The reach-obsessed of this world would gladly take that lens provided it delivers.

      The tricky bit would be to outperform the surprisingly decent 150-600 zooms that are undercutting Canon’s pricing these days.

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    • Lauchlan Toal

      I agree, it would still be a big and pricey lens in all likelihood. A 600mm f5.6 would be about the same size as a 400mm f4 (longer though, and considerably larger/heavier than the DO lens) and I’d expect it to sell for anywhere from $4-7k. At least, as an L lens. If non L, maybe half the price? But I don’t see them doing that. A long tele is going to be white to fit the brand image, and white lenses must be L lenses to fit the brand image.

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    • robert s

      aint no way IN HELL anyone would make a 600 5.6 for $3000

      youre looking at $5-7000

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