Canon have announced today that the brand new Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II  and Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II are now shipping to dealers !  I expect these to be very popular, the 400mm in particular so if you’ve been waiting for one I’d urge yo to place an order pretty quickly!  Initial reports of the 400mm performance have been glowing, particularly with regards to the performance with the new MKIII extenders (incidentally I will be posting my review of these this coming Monday).  As I noted a few weeks back, the new cases for the 400mm lens even include dedicated slots for the extenders so they were clearly designed to be used heavily in this combination.  Canon posted a fascinating article on CPN toady where Formula 1 photographer  Frits van Eldik speaks of his experience using the new 400mm.  He raves about it’s quality and AF tracking and includes some very interesting image samples.  I also questioned F1 photographer Richard Heathcote about the new lens, knowing that he had also tested it while working for Getty Images.  His response was similar to  Frits van Eldik’s.  He said with the new 1.4x MKIII , it performed identically to the current 600mm f4 L IS.  Heavy praise indeed!  I’ve written some thoughts on these new lenses HERE in the past.  The 400mm in particular has an huge 27% weight decrease over it’s predecessor which takes it into the realm of the 500mm and will surely have it used by many more people.

 

New lenses available from the following places:

 

B &H photo

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II

Amazon

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS  II

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS  II

Adorama

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8 l IS II

 

Canon's new 400mm f2.8 MKII