Canon debuts a sharper version of its popular Super Telephoto Zoom Lens – the EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon U.S.A. just announced their new EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM lens, a compact super-telephoto zoom lens featuring improvements in optical quality, image stabilization performance up-to-four steps, and rotating-zoom-ring design. The L-series super- telephoto zoom lens features Canon L-series weather resistance and magnesium housing to photographers who like to work out in tough environments. The lens is compatible with all EOS cameras and has a redesigned optical formula containing one Fluorite and one Super UD lens element ─ a combination unique to lenses in this focal range. This combo delivers sharper images with high resolution and contrast, as well as suppress chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range.

For photographers who want to be closer to their subjects, the minimum focusing distance of the lens has been reduced to 3.2 ft. (0.98m), resulting in magnification of 0.31x. The original EF 100-400mm had a good push-pull zoom adjustment, but the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM uses a rotation-type zoom ring similar to the one found on the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens, which gives you more precise adjustments, easier handling, and better weight balance for handheld shooting. The new zoom also has an inner focusing system, a powerful yet quiet Ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized auto focus (AF) algorithms for better autofocusing for various situations.

The EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is highly resistant to dust and water, with excellent durability in harsh conditions.

Other New Features The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features three Image Stabilization (IS) modes ─ standard, panning, and during exposure only. The optical IS provides up to four shutter speed steps of correction, which increased from 1.5 steps in the previous model. The EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM also has a new Air Sphere Coating (ASC) to reduce backlit flaring and ghosting, as well as a 9-bladed circular aperture Electro-Magnetic Diaphragm that helps to enhance blurred backgrounds.

Like other L-series lenses, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is better resistant to dust and water, well suited for wildlife and sports photographers. Fluorine coating on the front and rear surfaces of the lens can repel dust particles and water droplets. Also included is a new ET-83D lens hood, that features a cleverly placed and convenient side window allowing the user to easily adjust specialty filters while the lens hood remains in place. The lens also contains a newly designed detachable tripod mount which can be removed to reduce weight during handheld operation.

The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens will be available this December with an MSRP of $2,199.00. For more information, please visit