Canon Confirms Delays in Release of Telephoto Lenses

Canon UK today confirms that five of its lenses – including four telephoto models – won’t be released as planned. While the firm doesn’t address the earthquake in its prepared statement, a Canon France representative told French journalists earlier this month, that it expected operations in their factories to be restored to their pre-earthquake state by the end of June or early July.

The five lenses affected by the delay are the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM.

The latter two – the 500mm and 600mm models – were expected to be released this summer. Now, Canon says they will appear “within 2011″, adding that “any sales start dates will be communicated as soon as they become available.”

The 300mm, 400mm and 8-15mm models are, on the other hand, suffering their second delay. The lenses were supposed to be released in January this year, but Canon was forced to postpone their availability “due to some adjustments in the manufacturing process.”

Now, Canon expects the lenses to make it out of its factories in late July (for the 8-15mm model) and late August. “Canon would like to apologise to any customers who have been inconvenienced by these delays,” the statement reads.

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