Canon Delays Introduction Of Two New Super-Teles

Canon EF 4/500 mm L IS II USM
Canon EF 4/500 mm L IS II USM (Copyright Canon)

Canon announced a delay in the delivery of two new pro-level super-teles earlier this week.

Sports and wildlife photographers waiting for Canon’s new  EF 4/500 mm L IS II USM and EF 4/600 mm L IS II USM lenses will have to wait a little longer for their new babies. The new lenses were scheduled to hit the market later this year but now the Japanese manufacturer said that this is not going to happen.

Both lenses were already announced in August 2010 and shown during the Photokina in the same year. The company did not give any reasons for the delay or gave any information when to expect the new products.

Canon promises improved image quality, 4-stop Image Stabilizer and reduced weight for the new 500 and 600. Especially the new 600mm Mk II will save photographers a lot of weight: while the old EF 4/600 mm L IS USM was a heavy beast at 5.4 kilograms, the Mk II only weighs less than 4 kg.

Another improvement for both lenses will be the IS. Canon not only promises a 4-stop advantage, the new IS also features a third mode (beside normal and pan) called IS Mode 3 that only enables stabilization during exposure.

Also affected by the delay is the highly attractive  EF 4/200-400 L IS with built-in 1.4x Extender although in this instance a delay was not officially announced.

(Sources: Canon, Color Foto; 18 Nov 2011)