Friday, November 05, 2010

Canon EF 70-300 f/4.5-5.6L IS Shipping

While some of the new Canon lenses - the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM - have been delayed, the EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS seems to actually be shipping - or about to.

Martin Lamoon in the UK already got his, and it will probably be shipping generally in Canada and the US very soon too; next week? You can see unboxing images and some sample pictures at his gallery:
dpreview forums: Canon 70 - 300L IS in stock and being delivered tomorrow
pbase: Martin Lamoon

Canon now has several L zoom lenses to pick between (including the popular 70-200 f/2.8), and they've put up a "Lens positioning article" for this lens:
Until now, Canon’s long zoom lens options have meant either putting up with lots of weight (EF 100-400mm L IS), living with possibly not enough telephoto power (the 70-200mm series), or a lens that didn’t really target the advanced user (EF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6, etc).
With its all-metal barrel construction and heavy-duty design, the lens weighs about 2.3 lbs (1,050g) — more than previous lenses like the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM (non-L type), but significantly less than a lens like the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM (3.3 lbs / 1490g)
Canon: Lens positioning article: EF 70–300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

  • Ultra-high quality and lightning fast Canon L series lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization System increases usability by approximately four stops
  • The lens features a function that prevents erroneous operation when the lens is mounted on a tripod or monopod
  • The EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS USM incorporates a floating focusing mechanism for sharpness from 3.9' (1.2m) to infinity
  • Two Ultra Low Dispersion (UD) elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration
  • The lens has a removable tripod collar, and is dust and water resistant
Note that it doesn't come with a tripod collar.

Canon: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L Specifications Page
Amazon: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM [$1,599] they still say shipping in 1 to 2 months
B & H: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM [$1,599]

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