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New 500mm f/4, 600mm f/4 in development, says Canon  
Thursday, August 26, 2010 | by Rob Galbraith
New versions of the Canon 500mm f/4 and 600mm f/4 lenses are in development, with prototypes of each to be shown at next month's Photokina 2010 trade show in Cologne, Germany.

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On the Way: The upcoming EF 500mm f/4L IS II, left, and EF 600mm f/4L IS II (Photos courtesy Canon)

More information is in the press release below.

Press Release

Canon to exhibit two new telephoto lenses under development

TOKYO, August 26, 2010—Canon Inc. announced today that it is developing two new telephoto lenses for use with its EOS lineup of single-lens reflex cameras—the EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM—and will display prototypes at the photokina 2010 photography and imaging industry trade fair between September 21 and 26 in Cologne, Germany.

The EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM are being developed as L (Luxury)-series lenses equipped with a high-performance image stabilization system. Employing fluorite and other special optical materials to correct for a variety of aberrations, the lenses aim to realize high-resolution, high-contrast imaging performance in a lighter-weight body design.

The EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM are under development as successors to the EF500mm f/4L IS USM (introduced in July 1999) and EF600mm f/4L IS USM (introduced in September 1999), respectively, models which earned strong praise from professionals in the field. The new lenses target improved dust-proof and moisture-proof performance in the face of harsh shooting conditions to satisfy the demands of sports, news and nature photographers, as well as high-contrast, high-resolution imaging from the maximum aperture setting.

Canon will continue to actively and flexibly respond to the diverse needs of professional and advanced-amateur users, expanding and improving the performance of its EF lens lineup to contribute to expanding the realm of photographic possibilities for SLR cameras.

Note: Details regarding release dates and specifications for the abovementioned products have yet to be decided.


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