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Canon to ship new 500mm, 600mm supertelephotos in May  
Friday, February 17, 2012 | by Rob Galbraith
Canon USA will now ship the new EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM supertelephotos in May, the company has announced in a brief statement.

The EF 500mm f/4L IS II and EF 600mm f/4L IS II were revealed back in August 2010, and had originally been estimated to ship before the end of 2011. While there may be multiple reasons for Canon stepping back from its original plan to ship these lenses last year, one certain factor is the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, which caused manufacturing disruptions at the company's Utsunomiya lens factory while also wreaking havoc on parts suppliers.

When it ships, the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II will have an expected street price of US$10,499 in the U.S. The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II will be US$12,999 in the U.S.

Note: While Canon USA has set May for the release of the new 500mm and 600mm, B&H Photo currently shows an expected delivery date of April 25, 2012 for both lenses.

The EF 200‐400mm f/4L IS Extender l.4x was originally unveiled in February 2011, and was also slated for release before the end of last year. Canon USA's most recent statement does not provide a new ship date for this lens.

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