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Canon 200-400 F4 1.4x extender anounced!

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Feb 07, 2011 11:39 |  #181

smorter wrote in post #11793487 (external link)
I don't think pros will be able to afford this lens or justify its purchase - only amateurs will have the funds to fund this behemoth

the fact that you post things like this really makes me scratch my head.

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Feb 07, 2011 11:41 |  #182

mikekelley wrote in post #11794643 (external link)
the fact that you post things like this really makes me scratch my head.

If pros cannot afford this lens then they are probably in the wrong profession to begin with.

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Feb 07, 2011 11:42 |  #183

TooManyShots wrote in post #11794369 (external link)
Agree. I say the retail price would be around $5k or more??

I am thinking the price will probably be closer to "or more" (look at what they want for a 400mm f4 DO - i.e. $6K).

While this would definitely be a an interesting lens (I am thinking it would especially good for wildlife - people rave about Nikon's 200-400 f/4 offering), as a bird photographer, if I am going to have to spend the $6 or $7K Canon will probably be asking for it, I think I'd opt for one of those "old" 500mm or 600mm f/4s that will undoubtedly start getting blown out the doors now that the official announcement on the release of the 500mm & 600mm version IIs has come out.

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Feb 07, 2011 11:43 |  #184


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Feb 07, 2011 11:46 |  #185

Pretty expensive one, Canon must have the inflation factor built in for the next 3 years~~

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Feb 07, 2011 11:47 |  #186

TijmenDal wrote in post #11792754 (external link)
The 70-200 f/4 and f/2.8 (both with IS) have about a 1500$ (or something like that) price difference. One full stop is the difference.
Now, the difference between the 100-400 and 200-400, it's also a full stop difference, and at lower ranges even less. Of course it's a different thing because of the higher focal lengths, but still.

You said it yourself....

Reaching out for your 2x TC isn't too much work right?

I'm NOT stating anything because I'm probably overlooking a lot of things and I don't know a hefty lot about photography (as you can tell by my sig), but I'm just really curious. Would it be worth paying the 5000$ difference between a 100-400+2x TC and this beauty.

Uh, you do realize the 100-400L with a 2x is f/11 at 800mm?

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Feb 07, 2011 11:50 as a reply to  @ egordon99's post |  #187

dlleno wrote in post #11792107 (external link)
I sure hope so. with AF, I find that having the zoom ring closest to the camera body is a real boon.

But it messes up how I would interact with the lens - all of my other lenses are the exact opposite :(.

...not like I could afford this anyways :p.

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Feb 07, 2011 12:06 as a reply to  @ TheBurningCrown's post |  #188

When I first saw this I thought that it would fit in my lens arsenal perfectly. But then common sense kicked in for me. I have the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and paired with the 300mm f/2.8 II and the 1.4x III (which is what I'm saving for) it would be 420mm f/4.0 and may ultimately have better image quality (surmising here) and be lighter and probably cheaper too!

On a side note, I do have to laugh at the estimates of price by some people ranging from $3000 to $5000 (Or £ Sterling):lol::lol:. They will be severely disappointed I feel :razz:

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Feb 07, 2011 12:18 |  #189

TooManyShots wrote in post #11794442 (external link)
True, it is not a replacement for the 100-400L. It is a completely new lens that will replace 100-400L. :) If you have this lens, why would you need the 100-400L other than the 100-400L would be a lot cheaper.

It's also a lot more portable.

For a general photo trip, for example, I might take the 16-35L, TS-E 17L, 70-200 f/2.8L, 100L macro, 35L, Sigma 85/1.4 and 100-400L - it forms part of a kit, for long telephoto shooting when it comes up, when I would be willing to carry a 1.2kg lens but not a 3kg lens.

For a wildlife safari, however, I might take the 500L, 200-400L and 70-200 f/2.8L and 24-105L, and leave it at that. The vast majority of shots will be at long telephoto lengths, and I would be willing to carry heavy lenses for that.

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Feb 07, 2011 12:19 |  #190

skyhighphoto wrote in post #11794459 (external link)
Wow, I want :D

Me too but honestly I doubt I could even afford to rent one ... :(

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Feb 07, 2011 12:23 |  #191

All of a sudden, the 70-300 L looks cheap! :)

I wonder if they will make a 200-400 f4 without the integrated TC?

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Feb 07, 2011 12:35 |  #192

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All of a sudden, the 70-300 L looks cheap! :)

I wonder if they will make a 200-400 f4 without the integrated TC?

why would they the difference in cost would probably only be 500 bucks, if your going to spend 6-7k on a lens that .5k is nothing :)

I dont see them doing that, and having the TC built in is awesome I wish they did that on the new 500mm lens because I constantly find myself switching from TC to no TC and back again

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Feb 07, 2011 12:40 |  #193

For some reason the other 200-400mm thread got locked in the middle of a discussion with only a link to this thread as explanation, so I guess I will pose the topic here:

Why is an integrated TC preferable to just extrended zoom range and variable aperture. The effect is the same. Why not a 200-560 f4-5.6?

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Feb 07, 2011 12:43 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #194

I'm guessing that this lens will be an internal-focusing lens since it is weatherproof? One huge advantage over the 100-400, IMO.

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Feb 07, 2011 12:44 |  #195

I think, actually, that the built-in teleconverter is a very bright way to get an expanded focal length range with a minimum negative effect on image quality. It is essentially two 2:1 zooms. I'm guessing that we'll see prime-like quality from this lens.

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