Canon updates two existing telephoto lenses today along with the introduction of a newly designed 70-300mm (an L series lens for the first time) and the unusual 8-15mm fisheye zoom. The lenses contain new flourine coatings on the front and rear elements in an effort to reduce smearing and simplify lens cleaning.
The L series lenses are getting a slight makeover as well. The classic L series "white" will be a slightly more neutral, warmer tone.
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye Zoom
Canon adds a rare fisheye zoom to its lens stable today, providing a 180 degree angle of view on any Canon EOS DSLR. When coupled with a full frame camera like the 5D Mark II, the lens creates a completely circular image.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM zoom lens
The new L series will use two UD ultra-low dispersion glass elements for better sharpness, Canon claims. The updated optical image stabilization built in to the lens should provide a gain of four shutter speeds, and the L series weather sealings should keep dust and other elements out of the inner workings.
Canon EF 300m f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto lens
This sixth generation 300mm telephoto lens has been reduced in weight by 8% over the previous model. Canon also claims a gain of four stops of shutter speed with the lens's image stabilization system. A rolling-ball friction system does the stabilization work where sliding parts provided stabilization in previous generations.
Canon EF 400m f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto lens
Catering to the sports photographer, the re-vamped 400mm telephoto has been reduced in weight by 28% from the previous model down to 135.8 ounces. Magnesium alloy and titanium construction have made it more durable and the new 400mm also claims an extra four stops thanks to the rolling-ball friction-based image stabilization system.
Additionally, Canon announces two new extenders for EOS cameras. The Canon Extender EF 1.4x III and Canon Extender EF 2x III are direct replacements of existing models designed for faster auto focusing with compatible EF lenses. Rubber gaskets and seals on both extenders should help to keep the system safe from the elements.
Pricing and availability
The EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye should arrive in January 2011 for $1400, the 70-300mm in October for $1500, the 300mm in December for $7000 and the 400mm is scheduled to arrive in December for $11,000.