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It’s Official, Canon Announces 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II

By Anthony Thurston on November 11th 2014

This is going to be a little bit shorter than our usual gear announcement posts, mainly because all of the information that you are about to read about the lens was leaked two days ago.


Canon 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II Announced

Just as the leak stated, Canon officially announced the 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6L IS II late last night/early this morning (depending on your time zone). The biggest improvements come in the form of a standard turning zoom ring, rather than the old push pull zoom on the current model, upgraded image stabilization technology, as well as the optical improvements that you would expect from an updated lens design.

Here are the basic specs for those interested:

  • APS-C: 160-640mm
  • f/4.5-5.6
  • 4 stops of Image Stabilization
  • Weather Resistant
  • 9 Aperture Blades
  • 77mm filter thread
  • Weighs in at 3.5lbs


The updated lens will price in at $2199, a solid $300 price increase from the current $1799 that the original 100-400mm is going for. Currently, there are no details about when the lens will be shipping or available in stores, but if you are already sold, you can pre-order (which is first come, first served) over on B&H here.

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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. Aaron Cheney

    If only I had the money

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  2. Barry Cunningham

    $2199 – $1799 = $400.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      lol, right you are Barry. That teaches me for trying to do math in the wee hours before I’ve had my coffee.

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  3. adam sanford

    The White Unicorn lives! Listen to the song at the link below (in another tab) while you read up on this.

    I’m still not sure if this is a working zoom or if it’s just a collapsible 400 prime for the reach-obsessed. :-)

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  4. Peter van Eijk

    Waiting for the first test results….

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  5. Daniel Thullen

    Now, to come up with a spare $2,200 . . .or maybe I’ll look at Sigma or Tamron’s offerings before I jump . . .

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    • adam sanford

      Tamron perhaps not, but the Canon folks I know are eagerly awaiting Sigma 150-600 data before making up their minds.

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