Canon Teases Prototype 200-400mm Pro Lens at Japan Show

Canon made some more professional lens news this morning, saying it will exhibit a new supertelephoto zoom lens at the CP+ show in Japan. The prototype lens is an EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.

Canon says the lens is being developed as an L-series supertelephoto with the 1.4x extender integrated rather than as a separate piece. With the extender, the lens is capable of reaching a maximum focal length of 560mm.

No word from Canon on when a final version of the lens will start shipping or how much it will cost. More info in the press release below.

(Canon also announced this morning that it will begin shipping final versions of new 500mm and 600mm telephotos, starting this Spring.)


Canon Will Exhibit The Prototype Of A New Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens At The CP+ Event: The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x Lens

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon Inc. today announced the development of a new super-telephoto lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x, for use with all EOS SLR cameras. A prototype of the new lens will be exhibited at the CP+ tradeshow, held in Pacifico Yokohama, from February 9 – 12, 2011.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER l.4x is being developed as an L-series super-telephoto lens with an integrated 1.4x extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer technology. The new lens will offer exceptional flexibility by incorporating a built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.

Canon will continue to respond to the needs of various users ranging from beginners and advanced amateurs to professional photographers, in an effort to enrich their photographic expression with SLR cameras by continuing to develop attractive new lenses with improved optical technology.

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