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Old 07-03-2016, 16:31   #1 (permalink)
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Old L lenses that are still in production

These L lenses were introduced before 2006 and are still in production. They are likely to get a Series II or IS update.

1993 EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
1995 EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
1996 EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
1996 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
1996 EF 135mm f/2L USM
1997 EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
1999 EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
2004 EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
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Re: Old L lenses that are still in production

The 300mm F4 is older than I thought it was. Good lens that.
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The 300mm F4 is older than I thought it was. Good lens that.
Nikon came out with an updated 300mm f/4 with IS last year. It is less than 755g as it is a DO lens.

Perhaps in the future Canon could do the same. Would make it way easier to carry imo.
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Re: Old L lenses that are still in production

I will expound on my original post to better convey my ideas.

1995 EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM
1999 EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
- film lens with film optics
- newer 70-200 without IS have come out from other brands after the 90s.

1997 EF 300mm f/4L IS USM
- film lens with film optics
- In 2015 Nikon came out with an equivalent that is PF (Nikon's DO equivalent) that is lighter and smaller

2004 EF 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
- In 2010 Nikon came out with an equivalent that is half the weight and price.

1996 EF 135mm f/2L USM
- film lens with film optics
- Earlier than 2009 Sony came out with an equivalent that is 1/3rd stop faster
- newer lenses from other brands have come out after 1996

1996 EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM
- film lens with film optics
- newer long Macros have come out from other brands that are either faster or have IS after 1996

1996 EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
- film lens with film optics
- Could be replaced by a Series III or with IS

1993 EF 400mm f/5.6L USM
- film lens with film optics
- Could be replaced by a Series III or with IS

Now, granted some of these lens are not volume sellers or would not provide a cheap option at the very low end but it does not mean that they will not eventually get an update.

This thread purpose is to give prospective buyers a head's up on which product will be likely to be phased out because they're old and the competition came out with something more suitable to today's technical requirement.
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Re: Old L lenses that are still in production

Interesting look at how fast some lenses become as the maker say's ,,,out of date. I have 2 on the list, 28-300L zoom, heavy but I own it and use it. And the 300L prime, light and I use it. Also I go for used prime film optics for infrared converted cameras, they are brighter. Learning a lot about coatings and manual to high intelligent lenses reading your point of view helps. I know people need to upgrade their cameras and then they have new lenses to match the smarts between them. It helps to talk about older lenses as you can catch up on what you can pick up used. Most lenses have a good performance record and some don't making the search for the good buys easier if you find the good information in good reads. Cheers
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