Canon breaks new ground in lens design, with the world’s lightest 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4 lenses and a pioneering 32mm mirrorless lens
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 5 September 2018 – Setting yet another historic milestone in lens design and marking a step change in optical quality, Canon Europe today launches the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM - a pioneering 32mm mirrorless lens designed exclusively for the EOS M system, and the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM – the world’s lightest professional super telephoto lenses in their class¹. Embracing the legacy of quality engendered by the EOS system, yet compatible via adapters with the new, cutting-edge, EOS R System – the considerably lighter EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM radically enhances ease-of-use, giving photographers the confidence to consistently deliver superior images.
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM
These two new telephoto lenses encompass a revolutionary combination of ultra-high performance and lightweight design. The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM are the world’s lightest 400mm f/2.82 and 600mm f/4 lenses2, making them ideal for action and wildlife photography. Thanks to five-stop Image Stabilizer (IS) technology, their game-changing weight and the portable design, both lenses allow photographers to achieve professional performance with the confidence to shoot handheld, as camera shake, and subsequent blurring, are significantly reduced.
A blend of cutting-edge optical formulas have dramatically reduced the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM’s weight to 2840g (previously 3850g), and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM’s weight to 3050g (previously 3920g). Sporting the familiar white finish that Canon L-series super telephoto lenses are renowned for, this now acts as a thermal insulation coating to ensure the lenses operate in all temperatures. The protective weather sealing guards against dust and moisture, whilst fluorine coating enables easy cleaning. The fluorite lens elements virtually eliminate chromatic aberration, boosting resolution and contrast. The Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) dramatically reduces flare and ghosting – ensuring a quality shot every time. The EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM both have a nine-bladed diaphragm, enabling the creation of eye-pleasing blurred backgrounds.
Superb for action and wildlife, the ring-type USM autofocus motor and high-speed CPU enables fast and quiet focusing. When shooting video, both lenses provide pull-focus effects with power focus controls and focus presets, which are excellent for creative shot making. Instant adjustments can be applied via the full-time manual focus control and focusing speed can be customised with electronically-controlled manual focus for extreme precision.
Shooting images in the style users choose is easy, as both lenses have fingertip controls on the barrel allowing focusing to be started, stopped or locked momentarily. Furthermore, two pre-programmed focusing positions can be recalled instantly with the twist of the pre-set ring. Controls for focusing mode, focusing range, focus pre-set recall and IS are all conveniently located for seamless control. Paying attention to the way photographers like to work and travel, a new soft case is provided with the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and the EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM to ensure straightforward transportation for the lenses. Hard cases and a new short hood are also available as optional extras.
EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM
The EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM is a premium EF-M lens designed to be fast, discreet and capable of delivering exceptional detail and clarity, making it perfect for elegant portraits, candid photography or natural looking compositions. Offering a 51mm equivalent focal length, the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM provides a natural perspective and a ‘normal’ field of view, close to the perspective of the eye. This helps to bring candid images to life, with realism and detail, as they look natural and spontaneous. A wide f/1.4 aperture allows high-quality images to be captured with excellent depth-of-field control or to shoot in challenging low-light conditions. Also ideal for creative portrait photography, the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM’s 7-blade circular aperture creates an attractive bokeh effect, blurring the background, which accentuates the subject in the foreground.
Comprising an exceptional quality, glass-molded, aspheric lens, the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM has an even greater level of image detail and edge-to-edge quality. With 14 elements in 8 groups, this lens possesses the high level of performance required to guarantee stunning images, whilst its wide, tactile, focus ring enables precision focusing that generates the precise results every serious enthusiast craves. The EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM’s Super Spectra Coating achieves startling clarity by preventing the photographic phenomena that can ruin images – such as ghosting and flare. A remarkable mix of premium craft, ergonomic design and weighing only 235g, it is easy to carry on the move for candidly capturing any moment. The EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM maintains the usual EF-M series diameter, for a svelte and comfortable feel while shooting, while the 0.25x magnification and class-leading, highly-versatile, 23cm close focusing enable the user to get in close to capture detail. The EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM autofocus has a quiet and smooth mechanism, which provides subtlety when capturing an image, or when capturing amazing footage with video.
Today – in conjunction with the pioneering EOS R System – Canon pushes the boundaries in lens design and optical quality to ensure that all photographers and filmmakers have access to the best tools possible to tell their stories.
- Discreet prime lens offering a natural perspective
- Exceptionally high optical quality with a fast, wide aperture
- Premium construction with lightness and durability
- Quiet autofocus and class-leading close magnification
- Superb quality from an advanced optical design
- The lightest 400mm f/2.8 lens in the world
- Keep fast-moving subjects in sharp focus
- Stay sharp when shooting handheld or in low light
- Superb quality from advanced optics
- The world’s lightest 600mm f/4
- Focus quickly and accurately on moving subjects
- Work confidently hand-held and in low-light conditions
Pricing and Availability
Available to purchase from October 2018 with the following RSPs:
- EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM – £499.99/ €579.99
Available to purchase from December 2018 with the following RSPs:
- EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM - £11,999.99/ €13,999.99
- EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM - £12,999.99/ €15,199.99
¹ Correct as of time of launch (5th September 2018)
2 Interchangeable lenses for cameras (SLR and mirrorless cameras) focal length 600mm & f/4 correct as of time of launch (5th September 2018)