The new Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM II is set to arrive later this month, which might explain why the leaks have started coming hard and fast. After the official photo leaked yesterday, a full spec list has emerged that shows just how many improvements Canon is planning to make to the 16-year-old lens.
The list comes from the sleuths at Digicame-info, and the Google translated version shows a much-improved lens that will feature and all-new type of coating, about HALF the minimum focusing distance, and more. Plus, we also have this new image of the lens in use:
Specifically, the specs we’re told to expect include: one fluorite element, one Super UD element, a newly developed (ASC) coating, 4 stops of image stabilization, 3 modes of IS including one for sports photography, minimum focusing distance of 0.98m, maximum magnification of 0.31 times, 9 aperture blades, ring-type USM AF motor, rotational zoom (no more trombone motions), a zoom touch adjustment ring, detachable tripod mount, dust and weather sealing, and fluorine coating.
Unfortunately, the one spec conspicuously absent from the list is probably one of the most important: price. The current 16-year-old lens will run you $1,700, so we expect the new version to be more expensive than that, but all of this is conjecture. Official announcement is expected next week, so stay tuned!
(via Canon Rumors)