Canon's EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L fisheye, EF 300mm f/2.8L ISII USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L ISII USM and EF 1.4x/2x Extender III, plus 500mm & 600mm lenses in development

Following the announcement of the Canon EOS 60D, the company also unveiled a range of brand new EF lenses. With EF lenses designed for full-frame DSLRs (the 60D doesn’t fall into this category), perhaps this is a subtle nod towards future Canon models.  

EF 70-300mm L IS USM SIDE NO CAP small.jpgFirst up is the new EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, an image-stabilised zoom lens with two ultra-low dispersion (UD) elements and a floating lens group using Canon’s Super Spectra coating to reducing ghosting and flare. Autofocus (AF) is fast and quiet thanks to a ring-type USM AF motor, combined with the independent lens CPU and advanced AF algorithms to enable accurate, reliable focusing in all conditions. As per all L-designated Canon lenses, full time manual focus override is also possible – even when the AF motor is engaged. Available from October priced £1599.99.

EF 8-15mm f4 L USM SIDE NO CAP small.jpgNext up is the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM – the world’s first fisheye zoom lens offering both circular and full frame images. When used with EOS bodies featuring APS-C (such as the new 60D) or APS-H sensors, the lens produces a more traditional, full-frame fisheye view. With 14 lens elements in 11 different groups, including one aspherical and one Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element to correct chromatic aberration, the construction also benefits from Canon’s Super Spectra Coating and the inner surface of the front element features Canon’s SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC). The latter technology uses tiny cone-like structures, shorter than the wavelength of visible light on the surface of the lens element, to gradually slow light down until it is at the same speed as it travels through glass, removing the risk of flare occurring before the light reaches the sensor. A Fluorine Coating actively repels water, dust and dirt to ensure a high resistance to both dust and water. Available from January 2011 priced £1499.99.

EF 400mm f2.8 L IS II USM FSL w CAP small.jpgLastly there are a pair of super-telephoto lenses – the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM. Succeeding the well-respected EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM and the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM, the new lenses see a completely redesigned optical system and the latest IS II version of Canon’s original Image Stabilizer (IS) technology. An all-new magnesium alloy construction and titanium components ensure that the designs are both robust and lightweight, with the 400mm the lightest lens in its class ( as of August 2010) having dropped 28% of its weight (1.5KG) compared to its predecessor. Both lenses feature 16 elements in 12 different groups, using high performance fluorite lens elements that also feature both Canon’s latest Super Spectra Coating and SubWavelength Structure Coating (SWC). The 300mm will be priced £7499.99, while the 400mm will demand a five-figure £11499.99 upon release.

EXTENDER EF 1.4x III FRA w CAP small.jpgCanon’s third generation extenders – either the 1.4x or 2x – will also see release in December. Both the Extender EF 1.4x/2x III will be priced £549.99.

Two other telephoto lenses are also in development – the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM don’t have full release details or pricing information as yet, but further details to follow in the future.

  • Quazi Ahmed Hussain

    Canon has forgotten the prosumer wildlife shooters. All the midrange telephoto L glasses are more than decade old. No updates announced. May be they will follow Nikon. So, looking forward to a Nikon initiative.

  • Peter

    As a wildlife photographer, I am very excited about the telephoto lenses. The prices are crazy though. I always fancied the 400mm f2.8, but £11.5K is way out of my league.

  • Aaron

    What is it with canon’s price increases with every new lens? I work in high tech manufacturing and have a reasonable knowledge of production costs. These prices are getting ridiculous with some lens costing more than a car!! The whole pro / serious hobby Market could do with a brand that can buck this trend, I would buy many lens in the 300 – 500 pounds range with the same specs but with these prices just leaves me dreaming and no new lens which by consequence leaves canon without any of my money and I’m sure many many others! However the lenses do sound great :)

  • lpartain

    I second that motion, the ONE lens everyone has been waiting for and wanting more then anything, and nada.

  • Rohan

    Okay some interesting lenses there, but where is the ONE lens I’m waiting for?
    An IS version of the 24-70 f2.8