Canon readies the RF 200-500 f/4L IS with the discontinuation of the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x

Canon continues to wind down the production of the EF lens line up, this time the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x has received the axe. There are only a couple of other EF super telephoto lenses still listed as current products.

Various subsidiaries around the globe have stopped importing EF lenses, most notably Canon Australia.

We expect all EF lenses to wind down by the end of 2024. Though there should still be inventory of EF lenses for quite a while. There is also no need to worry about servicing EF lenses, that should go on for at least a decade.

Canon will soon announce the RF 200-500mm f/4L IS USM, likely by the end of 2023. How many they’ll be able to produce will be the big question, as we’ve seen production issues with the RF 100-300mm f/2.8L IS USM.

We have been told numerous times that the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x RF replacement won’t be equipped with a built-in teleconverter, which has ruffled a few feathers. However, we personally feel that most photographers will be happier with a 500mm f/4 long end over a 560 f/5.6. Throw in the obvious weight reduction and better balance from a completely new optical design, and Canon will have a winner for the shooters that need such a lens.

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