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Canon announces development of EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM  
Monday, October 15, 2007 | by Rob Galbraith
Canon today has announced that an EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM are in development. Prototype units of both lenses are to be on display at the PhotoPlus Expo trade show taking place in New York City from October 18-20, 2007.
 
Based on the photos and information Canon has released about the new lenses, it would appear that they are both traditional L-series supertelephoto designs that don't utilize the diffractive optics (DO) technology Canon first introduced in the EF 400mm f/4 DO IS USM.

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Stubby: Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM. Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Canon) Reach Out: Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM. Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Canon) Super Group: Canon's L-series supertelephoto lenses. Click to enlarge (Photo courtesy Canon)

Canon has not set a price or release date for the EF 200mm f/2L IS USM or the EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM, nor have they released detailed specifications for either lens. More information is in the press release below.
 
Press Release
CANON U.S.A. TO EXHIBIT TWO NEW TELEPHOTO LENSES
UNDER DEVELOPMENT AT PHOTOPLUS EXPO
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., OCTOBER 15, 2007 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the development of two all-new telephoto lenses for use with its EOS SLR cameras: the EF200mm f/2L IS USM*/** and the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM*/**. The Company will exhibit prototypes of the new lenses at PhotoPlus Expo (booth #318), taking place at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 18 to 20.
 
The new Canon EF200mm f/2L IS USM and EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM, both of which are L (luxury)-series lenses incorporating a high-performance Image Stabilizer, feature optical systems utilizing special optical materials such as fluorite to correct chromatic aberrations, making possible high-resolution, high-contrast shooting performance.
 
The Canon EF200mm f/2L IS USM, targeting users who seek a brighter lens for portraiture and indoor sports photography, realizes a large aperture of f/2. The EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM, expected to deliver telephoto performance surpassing the current top-of-the-line EF600mm f/4L IS USM super telephoto lens, is being developed in response to requests from users working in the fields of sports and news photography who are looking for a high-performance lens that offers a longer focal length.
 
“These new lenses demonstrate that Canon is continuing to respond actively and flexibly to the wide-ranging needs of professional and advanced amateur users, with the aim of contributing to the expansion of photographic possibilities for SLR cameras,”  said Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A. “Canon’s EOS System is the premier brand of Digital SLR cameras, and we take great pride in offering the world’s largest selection of interchangeable autofocus lenses.”***
 
As these new lenses are currently under development, pricing and availability information is not yet available.
 
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. delivers consumer, business-to-business, and industrial imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranking third overall in the U.S. in 2006†, with global revenues of $34.9 billion, is listed as one of Fortune's Most Admired Companies in America and is on the 2007 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/pressroom .
 
*This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
 
**A Product Report required by 21.C.F.R.§ 1002.10 has not been submitted to the United States Food and Drug Administration for this product. This product is not, and may note be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until the required report has been submitted.
 
*** As of October 15, 2007
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