The Long-Awaited Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II May Show Its Face at Photokina


The Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens first debuted in 1998… 1998! In November that’ll be sixteen years on the market without a replacement, and while lenses aren’t typically replaced as frequently as camera bodies, hope that Canon would manufacture a ‘sequel’ to the trusty old lens still runs strong.

Well, those hopeful hearts now have something to rejoice about, because the Canon Rumors has received a concrete tip that the 100-400mm followup will indeed be arriving alongside the 7D Mark II just in time for Photokina in September.

To be clear, this is information from a ‘new source,’ so salt is definitely suggested. Rumored specs for the new lens include: a rotating zoom ring, a new IS system, 82mm filter thread and new coating — all in a lighter weight package than its predecessor and sporting a price tag of $2,400 USD.

(via Canon Rumors)

  • Mike

    Take every post with the word “may” in it, and throw it away to a different site.

  • gochugogi

    I think the 300 4L IS and 400 5.6L are of 90s vintage as well. The EF 50 1.8 II dates to 1990 and the 50 2.5 CM and 135 2.8 SF go back to the 80s. So the 100-400L should be good for a few more years!

  • JoeNoName

    except the ones coming from Sony Alpha Rumors, they are always right

  • Zos Xavius

    Except for the ones that were not. How is that Fuji FF X-pro coming along again?

  • JoeNoName


    And all the posts put here that are by SAR have come to fruition

  • Pickle

    So essentially, this is Canon’s version of the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR and the standard is set that for a full frame telephoto zoom that goes to 400, $2300-$2700 is the normal price now (the Nikon had a rebate earlier this year). I’m ok with this because every price point is represented now.

    If you’re on a budget, get the Sigma Bigma or Tamron.

    If you want quality AND reach that can take the place of your 70-200 (if you don’t need low light) for around the same price, get the 100-400 L or 80-400 AF-S.

    If you’ve got the money, get the 70-200, and a 200-400 f/4 or 400 f/2.8, or all 3 plus a 600mm and teleconverter and buy a bigger Mercedes to put it in.

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  • Zos Xavius

    I was talking about some non SAR rumors. SAR isn’t always 100% either…i also misread your original post

  • Keith Tomkins

    Ask them if that want my address to send me one as a sample!

  • David Vaughn

    I wouldn’t mind an update on the IS. the current 100-400mm IS is soooooooooooooooooo loud. It sounds like somebody is rollerblading inside the lens.

  • mp

    well so much for this rumor, photokina came and went, the 7dII is the only announcement. I would look into getting new sources…