Great Nikon zoom for Nikon D800: NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR


The new Nilon zoom telephoto lens AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR seems to be one of the few telephoto lenses that has good enough picture quality to be able to fulfil the expectations for the Nikon D800/D800E camera, with the outstanding specifications, as described at Nikon USA: D800, built for today’s multimedia photographer includes a groundbreaking 36.3MP FX-format CMOS sensor, Full HD 1080p video at 30/25/24p with stereo sound, class leading ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25,600, 4 fps burst rate and Advanced Scene Recognition System with 91,000-pixel RGB sensor.

Nikon continues to expand its lineup of high-performance NIKKOR lenses that make the most of the characteristics of high-pixel count cameras like the Nikon FX-format D800, D800E, and D600 digital-SLR cameras released in 2012.

As described in this recent press release from :
March 5, 2013:

An 80-400mm 5x Nikon FX-format telephoto zoom lens offering one of the fastest AF systems in its class

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a 5x telephoto zoom lens compatible with the Nikon FX format, and covering the 80-400mm range of focal lengths.

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is a lens optimized for digital-SLR cameras with advanced optical performance and one of the fastest AF systems in its class. It covers a broad range of focal lengths, from 80 mm to the super-telephoto 400 mm, making it ideal for photographing a variety of subjects, including wild birds and landscapes, sporting events, trains, and airplanes.

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR offers one of the fastest AF systems in its class, and is constructed with a new optical design utilizing four ED lens elements and one super ED lens element, Nano Crystal Coat, which effectively reduces ghost and flare, a vibration reduction (VR) function that enables compensation for camera shake equivalent to a 4-step increase in shutter speed (tested in accordance with CIPA guidelines at a focal length of 400 mm), and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables quiet autofocusing.

It is designed using Nikon’s latest exclusive optical design and equipped with innovative technologies, including three focus modes—A/M (autofocus with manual override, AF priority), M/A (autofocus with manual override, manual priority, M (manual)—for superior rendering capability.

Nikon continues to expand its lineup of high-performance NIKKOR lenses that make the most of the characteristics of high-pixel count cameras like the Nikon FX-format Nikon D800, Nikon D800E, and Nikon D600 digital-SLR cameras released in 2012.

Nikon will continue to develop and release products offering superior performance and functionality based on the optical technologies it has cultivated over its long history, and to respond to the expectations of professional and advanced amateur photographers constantly in search of ways to achieve more advanced photography and creative expression.

AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR primary features

A 5x FX-format compatible telephoto zoom lens covering focal lengths of 80-400 mm

Four ED lens elements and one super ED lens element adopted for advanced optical performance

Nano Crystal Coat adopted to effectively reduce ghost and flare

VR performance equivalent to a 4-step increase in shutter speed (tested in accordance with CIPA guidelines at a focal length of 400 mm)

Equipped with an SWM for an AF system that is both quiet and one of the fastest in its class

Three focus modes: A/M, M/A, M

When used with a camera that supports autofocusing with lenses with a maximum aperture of f/8, AF is possible even when a 1.4x teleconverter is used

 Super-telephoto zoom Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR

The new super-telephoto zoom lens from Nikon: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLRs without the tripod collar – that will be a welcomed feature among wildlife photographers. This exciting lens will be released on March 19, 2013, and available during April 2013.

The list price of the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S NIKKOR Lens is $2,697 when pre-ordering.

From Nikon USA the press release about the new Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is the following lens information:

March 4, 2013

Nikon Zooms In on Ultra Telephoto Versatility with the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

Newest High-Power NIKKOR Lens Offers Photographers the Long Reach and Exceptional Clarity Needed in the Field and on the Sidelines

MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, a versatile FX-format telephoto zoom lens designed to provide top-class performance and a long reach for a variety of shooting scenarios. Sporting a long 5x zoom range, the 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G is capable of capturing vivid colors with exquisite sharpness, whether shooting stills or HD video. Ideal for sports and nature photography, the addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to providing a stable of lensing options for all types of photographers.

“Nikon’s next generation of the 80-400mm lens gives advanced photographers yet another top-quality NIKKOR lens to help capture every precise moment with intense detail and exceptional clarity,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “It’s a one lens solution that combines a versatile 5x zoom range, long focal length and core Nikon technologies to help create beautiful stills and HD video.”

High-Performance, High-Power Zoom

Nikon’s newest telephoto zoom lens features a versatile 80-400mm focal length (5x zoom equivalent) that offers photographers a high-power FX-format lensing option to help capture stunning stills and HD video.  Whether birding or shooting from the stands, the lens is also compatible with DX-format bodies to extend the maximum reach to 120-600mm (35mm equivalent). Additionally, alongside a 1.4x teleconverter, the lens can be expanded to an f/8 aperture to retain compatibility with the AF system on the most recent Nikon D-SLR cameras.

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is loaded with essential NIKKOR technologies to help ensure top performance for the advanced photographer, including Vibration Reduction (VR) allowing for up to four stops of image stabilization while Auto tripod detection VR allows for effortless stabilization when mounted on a tripod. The lens sports Nikon’s exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to prevent ghost and flare, a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) to ensure fast and quiet AF operation, and two focusing modes including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (manual). A new optical formula features 20 elements in 12 groups and includes one Super ED Glass Element and four ED glass elements for maximum clarity in a wide variety of shooting environments.

Price and Availability

The AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR will be available in early April 2013 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $2,699.95.* For more information on these and other NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit

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Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Review

This long awaited super telephoto lens from Canon, the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x is here reviewed from a preproduction example. Not much new info but you might like to get a feeling of this big lens from viewing the video and Joshua Holko taking a first look on the lens. The lens will problably be very expensive what is a great pitty as it looks like a dream lens for nature photography and sports, among other photographic opportunities.

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Bird photography with Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II or Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS

In a Bulletin post today the well-known bird photographer Artie Morris discusses and reviews the qualities of the two super telephoto lenses: Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II and Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS.

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS

Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS

Artie has been a big fan of the outstanding long 800 mm telephoto lens and has published many of his excellent bird pictures taken with the Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS during the later years. The 800 mm has been available since 2008. So how well does it compare to the new version II from last year of the for years widely used Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS super telephoto lens?

Photo of  Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II

The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II is excellent for Bird photography and better than Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS from several perspectives.

You have to take a closer look on the findings of Artie Morris with test cards provided by Patrick Sparkman. The biggest surprise for me is, that the Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II with Canon EF Extender 1.4x III delivers more sharp pictures (equivalent of 840 mm) compared to the great 800mm lens.

Also other aspects are in favour of the 600 mm lens: Half a kilo lighter, nearest focus distance much closer and in general a more flexible super telephoto lens set-up with Canon teleconverters version III. The problem with both of these attractive super lenses is that they are really expensive. With time there might be ways to find discounted prices for new lenses, and too, to find used lenses at reduced rates, but today you will have to expect to have to buy the winner of this super telephoto contest for a price near the official market price.

Enjoy reading the full review of these attractive Canon super lenses here – and take your time to enjoy and subscribe to Arties newsletter with a wealth of information for bird photographers.

Soren Breiting

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Fujifilm X-S1 high-end superzoom camera – bridge camera


The new high-end bridge camera Fujifilm-X-S1 camera with long 26 x zoom lens and large sensor.


Valhalla, N.Y., January 5, 2012 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the all-new FUJIFILM X-S1, a premium, high performance DSLR-styled long-zoom camera, built with careful craftsmanship for the sophisticated consumer and enthusiast photographer who are looking for maximum photographic performance – and true picture quality – with a versatile long-zoom lens housed in a durable, lightweight body.

The all-new FUJIFILM X-S1, made in Japan, is the latest addition to the premium FUJIFILM X-series that includes the X100 and X10. The X-S1 features a large 2/3” 12 megapixel EXR CMOS sensor and a newly-developed, bright all glass and high-definition FUJINON F2.8 Wide-Angle to F5.6 telephoto lens with an ultra-smooth 26x manual zoom (24-624mm). The FUJINON lens consists of 17 glass lens elements in 12 groups, to offer amazing clarity and high resolution through the entire image. The new FUJINON lens has a metal cam design that delivers smooth, precise zoom control, and an O-ring that is injected with a specially blended grease similar to what is found in high definition broadcast television lenses.

The X-S1 is the ideal “all-in-one” camera because it offers all of the benefits of a DSLR system in a single camera and lens body. The X-S1 is designed to exceed expectations in all photographic situations, and is especially well-suited for nature photography thanks to its impressive wide angle, long zoom and super macro capabilities all from a single lens.

Building upon the success of the FUJIFILM X100 and X10, we are proud to expand the FUJIFILM X-Series with this 26x ultra zoom premium digital camera that delivers the exceptional image quality that the X-Series is known for,” said David Troy, director of marketing, Digital Cameras, Electronic Imaging Division, Fujifilm North America Corporation. “The X-S1 combines the famed heritage of the FUJINON lens system with an outstanding all-in-one camera system that produces amazing clarity and high resolution results in almost every shooting situation.

The EXR processor delivers an extremely fast auto focus while minimizing shutter lag and supports high speed continuous shooting of approximately 7 frames per second (fps) at full resolution. The premium long zoom X-S1 has a wide, 1.4 million dot electronic viewfinder (EVF) that is exceptionally bright and clear, and it includes a heads-up sensor that automatically switches between the viewfinder and the LCD screen when the camera is raised to the user’s eye to compose an image. The viewfinder uses two glass lenses and one non-spherical lens to capture realistic lighting and display true-to-life images. The X-S1 has a large 3.0” titling LCD display with a Monitor Sunlight Mode that allows users to review their images in bright sunlight.

The well-balanced X-S1 also features an enhanced, full-body, rubberized grain texture coating that adds superior grip, a hot shoe mount to add additional accessories, full 1080p HD movie capture and milled mode and adjustment dials for exceptional feel and functionality.

The FUJIFILM X-S1 features Fujifilm’s Intelligent Digital Zoom which effectively doubles the telephoto capabilities and provides up to an amazing 52x total zoom, and a Super Macro Mode that captures images as close as 1cm.

Images Worthy of the X-Series Designation

The FUJIFILM X-S1 features the same large 2/3-inch 12MP EXR-CMOS sensor as the FUJIFILM X10 to ensure high quality images regardless of the lighting conditions. The unique EXR-CMOS technology, pioneered by Fujifilm, allows the user to switch between three modes depending on the lighting conditions – or leave the camera to make its own choice in the EXR Auto Mode.

Switching between the modes changes the performance of the sensor. The High Resolution option is perfect in bright conditions or when the very best picture quality is the primary aim. Wide Dynamic Range mode can be used in scenes of high contrast when the user wants to get details in both shadow and highlight areas of an image, while the High Sensitivity & Low Noise option should be selected for optimum results in low light conditions.

Coupled to the EXR-CMOS sensor is the high speed EXR processor, which offers a minimal shutter lag of just 0.01 seconds and a high speed continuous shooting capability of 7fps at full resolution (Large JPEG) or 10fps at six megapixel resolution (Medium JPEG).

Extraordinary versatility

At the heart of the FUJIFILM X-S1 is the FUJINON 26x optical precision zoom lens that offers a focal range of 24-624mm with its bright and fast f/2.8 maximum aperture at the wide-angle zoom setting.

The X-S1 FUJINON lens delivers images with superb edge-to-edge sharpness and amazing clarity. The lens construction is of the highest standard, featuring metal cams for smooth zoom control and fast, precise framing.

The FUJIFILM X-S1 is also ideally suited for capturing subjects close up. In standard Macro mode, the zoom focuses as close as 7cm, but by selecting Super Macro Mode, users can focus as close as 1cm for frame-filling close-up images. Furthermore, the lens’ aperture is made up of nine blades for excellent “bokeh” effect photography.

Full Manual Controls for Maximum Flexibility

Photographers who prefer full manual controls will enjoy the flexibility of the X-S1 with its full range of conventional shooting functions (program/shutter-priority/ aperture-priority/manual).

The extensive external controls give the more advanced photographer direct access to virtually every control they will need for uninterrupted shooting, and the specially designed chassis includes dedicated command buttons for quick and easy key functions such as ISO, white balance, focus and metering.

The large command dial, manual focus ring, twist and zoom lens barrel, bright, clear electronic viewfinder, high quality tilting LCD screen and deep hand grip ensures the camera handles well. Additionally, the X-S1 provides four auto bracketing options, eight Film Simulation and white balance functions and Raw file shooting capabilities.

For simplicity, the X-S1 automatically assesses the subject and then selects the relevant scene mode for the perfect result, automatically switching the EXR-CMOS sensor accordingly. Not only does it determine the type of scene being photographed, it can also calculate whether an image contains a person, features backlighting or has any subject movement. ISO settings are adjusted by the Auto ISO mode, which selects the optimum setting between ISO 100 and 3200. Those after more ISO flexibility can manually select up to ISO 12800 (Small JPEG format only).

HD Movie Capture and High Speed Movies

The FUJIFILM X-S1 captures full 1080p High Definition (1920 x 1080 pixels) movie with stereo sound at 30fps, which is saved in the H.264 format profile compression for smaller file sizes without sacrificing quality. With a mini-HDMI output connector, it is easy to connect and view images on your HDTV (HDMI cable not included). Versatility is further increased thanks to the High Speed Movie options, which include capture at an incredible 320fps. With features like this, even the fastest moving subjects can be captured and watched in slow motion.

RAW / RAW+JPEG Shooting

The X-S1 has the ability to shoot both a RAW and JPEG shot simultaneously. RAW is for ultimate quality shots via post processing, JPEG is for great quality with no need for further post-production work.

Motion Panorama 360°

The FUJIFILM X-S1 delivers exquisite panoramas by allowing its sensor to extend the sweep range to 360˚ (shots can also be taken vertically). Combined with high quality Fujifilm printing, sweeping and impressive scenes can be taken, showing fine detail, low noise and high resolution at 180°, 240˚ or full 360˚ panoramic ranges.

Clear Viewing and Reviewing for Ideal Results

The FUJIFILM X-S1 offers a powerful combination of a high quality electronic viewfinder and a tilting LCD screen to ensure composing and viewing images is quick and simple, regardless of the lighting conditions.

The 0.47-inch electronic viewfinder (EVF) features 1.4 million pixel resolution for superb image clarity and has a wide viewing area of 26 degrees for better image framing. The bright EVF makes it easy to check settings or adjust focus manually.

The large, tilting 3” LCD features 460,000 pixel resolution making it easy for users to scroll through menus, assess exposure accuracy and view images. The LCD also offers a useful Sunlight mode that allows for easy viewing in even the brightest locations.

FUJIFILM X-S1 key features:

Large 2/3-inch 12 MP EXR-CMOS sensor
High quality FUJINON 26x optical precision zoom 24-624mm (35mm equivalent) with Intelligent Digital Zoom boosting focal range up to 52x and Optical Image Stabilization
Superb build quality and finish with rubberized coating and metal dials

Up to 10fps continuous shooting
Large tilting 3” 460,000 pixel resolution LCD screen with Sunlight mode
Large EVF with 1.4 million pixel resolution and 26 degree viewing angle
Full 1080p HD movie with stereo sound
Super Macro focusing as close as 1cm
Raw and jpeg shooting
Film simulation modes
Program / Shutter-Priority / Aperture-Priority / Manual modes
Lithium Ion rechargeable battery providing up to 500 shots per charge
360° Motion Panorama mode

Pricing and Availability

The FUJIFILM X-S1 will be available in January 2012 with a retail price of $799.95.
Fujifilm X-S1 Specfications

Body type
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Other resolutions 4000 x 2664, 4000 x 2248, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1864, 2816 x 1584, 2048 x x 1536, 2048 x 1360, 1920 x 1080, 1536 x 1536
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 12.0 megapixels
Sensor size 2/3″ (8.8 x 6.6 mm)
Sensor type EXRCMOS
Processor EXR
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, (4000, 5000, 6400, 12800 with boost)
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes (1)
Image stabilization Optical
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.) 24 – 624 mm
Optical zoom 26×

Contrast Detect (sensor)
Live View

Digital zoom Yes (2x)
Manual focus Yes
Normal focus range 30 cm (11.81″)
Macro focus range 1 cm (.39″)
Lens mount None
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3″
Screen dots 460,000
Touch screen No
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100 %
Photography features
Maximum aperture F2.8 – F5.6
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Built-in flash Yes (Pop-up)
Flash range 8 m
External flash Yes (hot-shoe)
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync
Continuous drive Yes (10 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes


Exposure compensation ±2 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features


Microphone Stereo
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage included 26 MB
USB USB 2.0 (480Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini connector)
Wireless None
Remote control Yes (Optional RR-80)
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NP-95 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 920 g (2.03 lb / 32.45 oz)
Dimensions 135 x 107 x 149 mm (5.31 x 4.21 x 5.87″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

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See Franz Lanting using a Nikon long telephoto lens on assignment in Namibia

Video of National Geographic photographer Franz Lanting about how Franz is taking amazing shots of a hyena steeling a meal from jackals at the shore of Namibia, using a very long Nikon zoom telephoto lens on a tripod in the sand. The prey is a dead pup of Cape Fur Seal.

Franz Lanting is using the Nikon 200-400mm f/4 AF-S zoom lens, a very popular high quality long zoom lens among wildlife photographers and for sports photography – but trather heavy: 3.2 kg.

Franz Lanting has made a number of excellent series of scenic photography and wildlife photos in Namibia in recent years.

In another National Geographic video Franz Lanting is telling about his approach to wildlife photography:

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Us prices for new professional Canon telephoto lenses

News from July 15th 2011 the prices of the coming new versions (i.e. II versions of Canon EF tele photo lenses) should be as below  for the suggested US selling price:

  • EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II $7,300
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II $11,500
  • EF 500mm f/4L IS II $10,500
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS II $12,500
  • EF 800mm f/5.6L IS $14,000

According to Northlight Images

And the release of these important Canon long tele photo lenses should happen soon. These lenses are very much in use by professional wildlife photographers and sports photographers as well as for semiprofessional and serious amateur photographers that can afford the hefty price tag.

Be aware that when when these II versions of Canon tele photo lenses become wellknown among photographers some will sell their older version to get the newest II version – especially because they function especially good with the III versions of the teleconverters.

This means that it will be possible to grab the older version of these super lenses on the used photo equipment market. And these ‘old’ lenses will still be very, very good lenses.

For example is the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS lens one of the most used lenses among serious bird photographers at the moment. And with its f/4 aperture it remains with the autofocus etc. when used with the Canon TC 1.4 tele converter (now the newest model Canon Extender EF 1.4X III) .

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No News about Canon super-telephoto zoom lens The EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender1.4x super-zoom lens

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender1.4x super-zoom lens

The long awaited Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x super-telephoto zoom lens, announced February 7 this year before an exhibition of a mock-up sample in Japan is still hidden from all our eager eyes on its specifications, price and performance.

According to notes following the press release, included below, this innovative super-telephoto zoom lens from Canon should become available for professionel nature and sport photographers during 2011.  We have to wait still for this amaising innovative lens.

Canon to exhibit new super-telephoto zoom lens under development at CP+ exhibition

TOKYO, February 7, 2011—Canon Inc. today announced in Japan that it is developing a new interchangeable super-telephoto zoom lens for use with Canon EOS-series SLR cameras: the EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x. The company will display a mock-up sample of the lens at the comprehensive camera and photo imaging show CP+ from February 9 to 12 at PACIFICO YOKOHAMA Exhibition Hall, Japan.

The EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
(Photo of the mock-up sample)

Equipped with a 1.4x internal extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer, the Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x is being developed as a super-telephoto L (luxury)-series lens encompassing Canon’s optical technologies.

Through the incorporation of an internal 1.4x extender, the Canon EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x aims to deliver a high level of convenience in such fields as sports and nature photography by covering a zoom range from 200 mm wide angle to 560 mm telephoto. In addition, the new lens employs fluorite and other special optical materials to realize both high resolution and contrast contributing to high-image quality, and is designed to provide dust-proof and moisture-proof performance in the face of harsh shooting conditions.

Canon will continue to refine its optical technologies, striving to produce exceptional lenses that cater to the varying needs of photographers—from first-time users to advanced amateurs and professionals—while contributing to expanding the photographic possibilities for SLR cameras.

The abovementioned product is scheduled for release during 2011. Details regarding specifications have yet to be determined.

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New super telephoto lens Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

Quintessential for many sports assignments including baseball, football, soccer and golf, Canon’s professional 400mm f/2.8 lenses provide the light gathering capability and long telephoto reach that photographers need to freeze the action and fill the frame .

The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM is the 5th generation in Canon’s 400mm f/2.8 series and the successor to the current EF 400mm introduced in 1999. The new lens has been engineered for the ultimate in optical performance through the use of two fluorite lens elements for improved quality and reduced chromatic aberration.

Helping photographers in the field, Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by a substantial 28 percent from 189.4 oz to 135.8 oz, making it Canon’s lightest weight 400mm f/2.8 lens ever.

The Image Stabilizer provides an equivalent of approximately four full shutter speed steps of shake compensation and has been enhanced through the incorporation of a rolling-ball-friction system in place of sliding parts in the compensation optics barrel for a minimum-friction structure.

The overall durability of the 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 is applied to the front and rear elements.

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New Canon super tele lens Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens

The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is the 6th generation of a venerable family of Canon 300mm f/2.8 lenses that began in 1974, and have become famous for their exceptional sharpness, contrast and color fidelity.

Ideal for a wide range of applications ranging from professional photojournalism and sports photography to nature and wildlife, Canon’s 300mm f/2.8 lenses have always led the industry with new technical advances in every generation. The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens carries on this tradition with improved image quality, lighter weight, improved Image Stabilization and enhanced durability making it a great option for handheld work in the field.

The optical formula of the new lens has been upgraded with the inclusion of two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Helping to reduce arm fatigue, Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by 8 percent to 82.9 oz., making it the lightest weight lens in the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 series.

The Image Stabilizer provides an equivalent of approximately four full shutter speed steps of shake compensation and has been enhanced through the incorporation of a rolling-ball-friction system in place of sliding parts in the compensation optics barrel for a minimum-friction structure.

The overall durability of the 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.

The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $7,000.

From the Canon Press release:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc.,

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How to support super telephoto lenses

See the difference between a traditional ball head support on the tripod with the heavy and big super telephoto lense compared to a gimball head or a sidekick support.


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