Canon lightens 400mm and 600mm super telephoto lenses

Two new super telephoto lenses for the EOS camera system with EF mounts are the worlds lightest 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4 lenses. 

Whilst the EOS R camera system gets the most attention it’s intriguing to see two new super telephoto lenses and a fast aperture prime lens for the EOS M system too. The previous generation 400mm and 600mm lenses announce back in 2010 were then the lightest in the world, but eight years has seen the competitors make smaller lighter lenses. These two new lenses retake that crown. It’s also a sign of commitment to EF lenses, as maybe the ultimate AF performance is still in the EOS-1D X Mark II that these lenses are perfectly matched to.

With full-frame mirrorless you might be wondering how the EF M mirrorless cameras with APS-C crop sensors would fare, the answer is that there’s a new – often asked for – fast small prime lens, the 32mm f/1.4 STM. Effectively a 50mm lens for APS-C cameras.

Canon press info…

EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM

worlds lightest 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4

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/2.8 and 600mm f/4 lenses, 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 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM – Key Features

  • 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

EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM – Key Features

  • 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



EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM

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.

EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM – Key Features

  • 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


¹ Correct as of time of launch (5th September 2018)