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Massive Canon Leak, 100-400mm To Be Announced Tuesday | Rumor

By Anthony Thurston on November 9th 2014

Earlier this week, we shared a leaked image of the upcoming update to the Canon 100-400mm. More details have emerged – well, leaked – about this lens: including more product images, detailed lens specs and the all important release date.


The information comes to us via a massive leak posted by Canon Rumors. If the leak is legitimate, which there is no reason to think otherwise at this point, the new 100-400mm will retain the F/4.5-5.6 variable aperture range and feature 21 lens elements in 6 groupings.

[REWIND: Sigma 150-600mm Initial Impressions]

The new 100-400mm will have a minimum focusing distance of 3.2 feet, a nice improvement over the current version which has a minimum focusing distance of 5.9 feet. The other really notable improvement over the current 100-400mm is the zoom mechanism. The new lens will feature a standard zoom ring, rather than the push/pull zoom that the current model features.


Finally, the price. According to the leak, the new Canon 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II will run you $2199 and is expected to be officially unveiled by Canon on Tuesday Nov. 11th. It is worth noting that the current 100-400mm is on sale, and can be yours for just $1499 (after a $200 mail-in rebate).

I am not sure about that price. Tamron and Sigma have their 150-600mm offerings available now that are cheaper, offer as good or better performance than the 100-400mm, while having 200mm of extra range. The top end Sigma Sports version comes in at $1999, and this 100-400mm is $200 more than that. It does have the benefit of being smaller and lighter, though.


It will be interesting to see how the lens is received. No ship date was included in the release, so who knows when it will actually be available.

[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. John Sheehan

    I just got the (now) older version over the summer, so I’m going to hang on to it for a while since I’m more than happy with it.

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  2. Arnold Ziffel

    Looks nice on paper. Whether or not it’s 600 bucks better than the old version remains to be seen….

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  3. Ben Perrin

    I’d be interested to see how this performs in comparison to the old one. I got to take it to South Africa once and really enjoyed using it at a game reserve. The push/pull was a little weird though. Not bad, just different.

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  4. Stan Rogers

    It’s white with a red ring. If it’s at all competent, it’ll sell. (By the way, I remember a time when Tamron — the lens arm of Bronica, Toyo, etc. — was the one with the quality rep in the third-party lens world, and Sigma was the also-ran — just after Vivitar Series One went south. Things change.)

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  5. Mads Helmer Petersen

    I have just sold my 100-400 mm so I can have some extra money for the new 100-400 mm can´t wait for it to hit the marked :-)

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  6. adam sanford

    I think the price is a wise one by Canon. The pent up demand for a compact supertele with first-party AF is astonishing, so Canon is simply making a smash and grab for Day 1 pre-order customers — and they will get them. I expect the price to come down under $2k pretty quickly (within the first year for sure).

    Sigma’s new 150-600 options will be the principal competition for this lens. Sigma has been killing it the last few years, and many stubborn Canon diehards have been won over by the quality of their recent lenses. We know the Sigmas will be sharp, but if the AF passes muster — if it’s reliable, tracks well, etc. — Canon will have to bring their price down to compete.

    The Tamron 150-600 is a marvelous value, but they have not garnered the same respect and year-over-year quality reputation that Sigma has. They make some great lenses but do not always put out a winner. So wildlife enthusiasts will be leery of the ‘budget’ option in light of a marketplace now filling up with more sure bets.

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