A whole batch of new Canon lenses

Canon has announced a whole batch of new or updated lenses:

  • The worlds first fisheye zoom lens to offer both circular and full frame images: the Canon EF 8-15mm f4 L USM fisheye zoom lens will procduce circular images with a 180 degree angle of view when used at its widest setting on 35mm-format cameras  and images which cover the full sensor area at 15mm. It has marks denoting the widest settings which can be used on APS-C and APS-H format cameras to give full frame images without vignetting.
  • A new affordable L-grade tele: EF 70-300mm f4-5.6L IS USM (we will see if it will delivery L grade quality). It has a weatherproof construction, 4 stop image stabilization, a minimum focus distance of 1.2m
  • Updated version: Canon EF 300mm f2.8 L IS II USM
  • Updated version: EF 400mm f2.8L IS II USM. Both the 300mm and the 400mm feature not only a new optical design but also use magnesium alloy and titanium to be lighter than their predecessor.
  • Updated versions currently in development: 500mm F/4L IS II USM and 600mm F/4L IS II USM lenses
  • Updated version: EF Extender 1.4x III and EF Extender 2x III

D3 and 600/4 and a teleconverter…

Joshua Buck, a photojournalist at a newspaper in Colorado, mentions that the D3 is even usable for him with a 600mm f/4 and a 1.4x teleconverter at ISO 5000:

There is nothing like shooting with a night game with a 600mm f/4 and a 1.4x teleconverter at ISO 5000! What an amazing camera”