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Mar 07, 2016 09:29 |  #1

These L lenses were introduced before 2006 and are still in production. They are likely to get a Series II or IS update.

1993 EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1995 EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
1996 EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
1996 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
1996 EF 135mm f/2L USM
1997 EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
1999 EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
2004 EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM


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Mar 15, 2016 05:25 |  #2

dolina wrote in post #17926614 (external link)
These L lenses were introduced before 2006 and are still in production. They are likely to get a Series II or IS update.

1993 EF 400mm f/5.6L USM - I think an upgrade of this is unlikely: the 100-400mk2 has rendered it largely redundant
1995 EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM - Already superseded twice. I see no reason it would be updated to mk2
1996 EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM - it'd be awesome if this was updated but I think the 70-200/2.8 IS Mk2 makes this redundant other than for colour and size
1996 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
1996 EF 135mm f/2L USM
1997 EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
1999 EF 70-200mm f/4L USM - Already superseded by the IS version. I see no reason it would be updated to a mk2
2004 EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM

I'm not sure the 28-300 would even be updated


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Mar 21, 2016 14:27 |  #3

I could see 70-200 f2.8L just getting phased out instead of updated. Cost issues aside everyone will choose the IS version, and the street price is much more reasonable these days. Same for the 70-200 f/4 lens. I don't see much of a market for a non IS version. Among the lenses listed, the one that badly needs an optical improvement is the 200 f/2.8 II prime.


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Jul 06, 2016 05:53 |  #4

bkdc wrote in post #17943292 (external link)
I could see 70-200 f2.8L just getting phased out instead of updated. Cost issues aside everyone will choose the IS version, and the street price is much more reasonable these days. Same for the 70-200 f/4 lens. I don't see much of a market for a non IS version. Among the lenses listed, the one that badly needs an optical improvement is the 200 f/2.8 II prime.

The 200 2.8 and 135 are both stellar performers. Updating them would be nice but no reason to complain now. Both perform within 5% of the 70-200 2.8 MK2


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Jul 06, 2016 07:18 |  #5

The 1993 EF 400mm f/5.6L USM will probably bite the dust too.




  
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Aug 19, 2016 23:16 |  #6

904canon wrote in post #18059272 (external link)
The 1993 EF 400mm f/5.6L USM will probably bite the dust too.

Almost certainly. It's a GREAT lens but the 100-400 Mk2, as said, kind of makes updating pointless.

Although it is a prime and primes are great!


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Aug 21, 2016 08:25 |  #7

dinanm3atl wrote in post #18100492 (external link)
Almost certainly. It's a GREAT lens but the 100-400 Mk2, as said, kind of makes updating pointless.

Although it is a prime and primes are great!

I have both the 100-400 II and the 400/5.6. The 400/5.6 is a lot lighter and a lot easier (thanks to the fact it doesn't have zoom creep) to sling around as a second body+lens combo (I usually have it for BIF). I'd love to see the 400/5.6 gain IS.


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