While 2012 was relatively calm in terms of new tele-lenses (with the significant exceptions of the Pentax 500mm and the progressive availability of the new great whites from Canon), 2013 appears ready to become a year of big tele-lenses at nearly all the manufacturers:
- Nikon launches an 800mm f/5.6 which is becoming the biggest product of its catalog.
- Canon is still testing the all-new, all-beautiful 200-400mm f/4 (with integrated 1.4x f)
- Sony should renew its 70-400mm with an evolution whose content is still quite unclear.
These lenses will certainly be nearly impossible to purchase without winning the Lottery or holding a bank up (but from what I hear about their financial situation, even this may not be a viable option) but they may be attracting the attention of a few pro photogs and triggering some dreams from sports and wildlife photographers.