Canon Launches EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens

Canon today announces the latest addition to its renowned L-series of professional lenses, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens, designed to meet demands of professional photographers that allows performance excellence with a versatile zoom range and superb image quality in a robust and compact design.

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The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto lens is the 5th generation in Canon’s 400mm f/2.8 series and the successor to the current EF 400mm introduced in 1999, and have become famous for their exceptional sharpness, contrast and color fidelity.

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens will appeal to nature, wildlife and sports photographers. It features a completely redesigned optical system and the latest iteration of Canon’s original Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, while an all-new magnesium alloy construction and titanium components ensure the designs are both robust and lightweight.

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens is the lightest lens in its class, offering unrivalled mobility due to an incredible 28% reduction in weight of 1.5KG, compared to its predecessor, while the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM offers photographers an 8% weight reduction.

Manufactured using the very best optical components, the new Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens mark a significant step forward for Canon’s L-series, which is already renowned for its outstanding quality.

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens feature 16 elements in 12 different groups, using high performance fluorite lens elements that correct chromatic aberration to deliver high resolution and high contrast shots of the best possible quality – allowing photographers to capture images rich with edge-to-edge detail.

There is an optical elements that also feature Canon’s latest Super Spectra Coatings, optimised for both the position and type of each lens element.

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens features a SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC), which uses microscopic cone-shaped structures smaller than a wavelength of visible light, reduces ghosting caused by light bouncing back from the imaging sensor.

The front and rear elements of the lenses uses a special fluorine coating, that helps repelling dust and dirt for clearer shots. In addition, the coating is water repellent in nature, enabling the front element free of water marks and smearing by ensuring water runs off the lens quickly.

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens also feature Canon’s new Image Stabilizer system, providing outstanding results when the photographer is moving around and when capturing moving subjects.

A 4-stop advantage in Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens offers greater image quality during handheld shooting, allowing users to shoot at speeds up for four times slower than normally required with minimal additional blur.

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens offer a constant f/2.8 aperture, allowing photographers to shoot at faster shutter speeds and capture clear shots of fast-moving subjects and features wide aperture that allows users to creatively isolate their subjects from the background, with a nine-blade circular iris creating dramatic and striking background blur that instantly adds beauty to an image.

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens features fast, quiet Auto Focusing (AF) powered by a ring-type USM, a new dedicated AF algorithms and a new high-speed CPU.

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens also allows photographers to utilise full-time manual focusing functionality, which enables the adjustment and fine-tuning of focus even when the AF system is activated, providing even greater control over image capture.

Developed in line with Canon’s philosophy for the elite L-series, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens boasts of a refined design and feature a new design layout, with carefully-positioned controls that improve operation in everyday use.

In addition, Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens feature a new high quality exterior texture, while a new shade of white casing indicates the new advanced design and higher precision that each lens offers.

The Lens also boasts of a robust weatherproof design that makes this lenses suitable for use in extreme conditions when paired with a weatherproof EOS body.

The overall durability of the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens has also been enhanced through increased usage of magnesium alloy and titanium for lens barrel components, together with weather sealing for all exterior joints and switches and a new fluorine anti-smear coating applied to the front and rear elements.

“Canon’s core has always been our optics, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to produce better and more advanced optical systems for our customers. These six new products advance the state of the art in Canon lens technology and provide new and innovative tools for professionals and advanced amateur photographers,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

Key Featues

  • Focal length and maximum aperture: 400mm 1:2.8
  • Lens Construction (elements/groups): 17/13
  • 9 diaphragm blades
  • Maximum apertures – 32
  • 400mm f/2.8 ultra-high-performance super-telephoto lens
  • Part of Canon’s acclaimed L series
  • 4 stop Image Stabilizer
  • 3 IS modes
  • Durable, rugged design
  • Enhanced image quality
  • Quiet and fast autofocus
  • Weight – 5,370 gms

Price and Availability

The new Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Super-Telephoto Lens would be available starting December 2010 for an approximate retail price of $11,000 or Rs.  517,000 approx.

Please visit www.canon.co.uk/For_Home/Product_Finder/Cameras/EF_Lenses/Image_Stabilization_Lenses/EF_400mm_f28L_IS_II_USM/index.aspx for details about this product.

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