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First Solid Rumor Regarding Mystery Canon Lens, Thought To Be 100-400 Replacement

By Anthony Thurston on July 13th 2014

The Canon 7D Mark II (or whatever they name it) has most recently been tied to a September 5th announcement and the rumors have long been that it would be accompanied with a new lens. There were several theories about what the lens would be, and today, I am happy to share a new rumor specifically about that mystery lens.

According to a new post over on Canon Rumors, the new lens will be none other than a replacement for the aging 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L lens. The lens will have the same range and aperture limits as before, but will include IS as well as be lighter than the current model.

100-400mm IS USM Telephoto Zoom Lens-canon-digital

EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Specs

  • Rotating zoom ring
  • New IS system
  • Lighter weight than predecessor
  • 82mm filter thread
  • New coating
  • $2399 USD

That price sucks, especially considering the price of the Tamron 150-600mm that just came out and has performed awesomely. But, this is Canon we are talking about, so I am not so surprised.

[REWIND: Canon 7D Rumored Specs]

Pricing aside, this is a lens that Canon needs to update badly, and it fits with the whole APS-C flagship nature of the 7D replacement. So, this makes sense to me. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait until September 5th to see what comes of these rumors.


What are your thoughts on this lens rumor? Would you be excited to see a 100-400mm replacement? How about that price? Leave a comment below!

[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. Lion Hijmans

    With the announced Sigma 150-600 C and especially the Sport, a new Canon 100-400 II might get a hard time…

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  2. Joe Marshall

    The push-pull zoom was always awkward for me, and IS will be a great addition!

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  3. James Matthews

    I love my 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L but it has taken a back seat to my 70-200 and hasn’t seen much love of late. Maybe it’s time to get it back out for a bit :)

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  4. Brian Stalter

    I’d be interested in seeing a head-to-head against the new Tamron 150-600mm, in the overlapping focal lengths of course.

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  5. Jeff Lopez

    With a $2399 price tag, an f2.8 would have been nice, and maybe have it brew my coffee in the morning too?

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  6. Lion Hijmans

    Thank you for sharing.
    With a price tag, it seams already more than a rumor.
    If you’re right, the new 100-400 will be lighter than the 1.380g of the mk I. That is a lot lighter than the Tamron (a good 1900g).
    Will it be a lot later in Europe than in the US?

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  7. Ralph Hightower

    The price hike of $700 sucks. But I like that the zooming is controlled by a zoom ring instead of the push-pull. I rented the current version for Monday’s practice round of the 2014 Masters Golf Tournament, which I never got to use for the intended purpose due to the rainout of Monday’s practice round. One can adjust the ease of zooming with the push-pull, but I couldn’t find a happy medium in the few days I had the lens.
    Hopefully, the revised lens will be available for renting in April 2015. I don’t think that I’d buy this lens though; I’d buy the 70-300 f4-5.6L IS as my next lens since some venues restrict the length of lenses to 6 inches.

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  8. Michael Chapman

    Thanks Anthony for keeping us in the know!

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