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EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x Available Fall 2013

 
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Apr 16, 2013 12:09 |  #1

From Canon Rumors website:

Light at the end of the tunnel?
I spoke to someone at NAB last week about the yet-to-be-officiall-announced EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x. I was told that the lens is now “expected to arrive in the fall of 2013. The design and functionality of the lens are set, Canon is now waiting for the manufacturing process to be finalized so production can begin”.

I got to hold and play with the 200-400 a bit last week, and I must say the weight of it shocked me. It’s going to be pretty close to the EF 600 f/4L IS II. I’m sure everything else about the lens is top notch, as we’re still being told to expect a price north of $10,000 USD.




  
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Apr 16, 2013 12:13 |  #2

Love the versitility of this lens, but 10k is really hard to justify. I'm sure some pros will be all over it, but my back will just have to put up with the 70-200 & 400 2.8 combo for now.


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Apr 16, 2013 12:15 |  #3

Trent Gillespie wrote in post #15834095 (external link)
Love the versitility of this lens, but 10k is really hard to justify. I'm sure some pros will be all over it, but my back will just have to put up with the 70-200 & 400 2.8 combo for now.

Given the weight of the lens there probably isn't a lot of difference.


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Apr 16, 2013 12:18 |  #4

Have to see some shots but this may replace my 300 f2.8 and 500 f4!
Covers the same focal lengths with one lens. Handy!


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Apr 16, 2013 13:21 |  #5

Did I read it right that it's heavy like the 600mm? Also at 10k... ouch. These lens prices are ridiculous, unless I'm making a killing off of photography I will never buy a 8-10k lens no way (400mm at that)




  
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Apr 16, 2013 13:52 |  #6

yipDog Studios wrote in post #15834109 (external link)
Have to see some shots but this may replace my 300 f2.8 and 500 f4!
Covers the same focal lengths with one lens. Handy!

OK, I'm just struck by someone describing a >$10,000 lens as "handy"! :lol:


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Apr 16, 2013 13:56 |  #7

I fondled one at WPPI and was struck by how heavy it wasn't...

Ditto on needing to see some real-world images (particularly at 560mm f/5.6) but yes, "Handy" is a word that I too would use. 200mm to 560mm is a pretty stout range of coverage.

During my brief encounter, it did appear to be quite bright in the corners zoomed all the way in with the TC rolled in.


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Apr 16, 2013 15:16 |  #8

RTPVid wrote in post #15834421 (external link)
OK, I'm just struck by someone describing a >$10,000 lens as "handy"! :lol:

Well, when you lug a 300 & 500 around, each on a body, then have to switch one to a 70-200 or put on/take off a TC in the field, it becomes a pain in the rear not to mention introduce dirt and crud onto the sensor! I know I missed some great opportunities this past weekend cause I had the wrong lens combo on. Imagine covering 70-560 with 2 lenses! Crap! I'm talking myself into it already!


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Apr 16, 2013 17:21 |  #9

yipDog Studios wrote in post #15834741 (external link)
Well, when you lug a 300 & 500 around, each on a body, then have to switch one to a 70-200 or put on/take off a TC in the field, it becomes a pain in the rear not to mention introduce dirt and crud onto the sensor! I know I missed some great opportunities this past weekend cause I had the wrong lens combo on. Imagine covering 70-560 with 2 lenses! Crap! I'm talking myself into it already!

Oh, I understand your reason; it's just your choice of the word "handy" ... it sounded almost too trifling a reason to spend $10K+. ;)


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Apr 16, 2013 17:24 |  #10

At that price, I can buy the lens and lose my wife. Considering its versatility its still a bargain. :D

I know these forums are safe from her chasing eyes.


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Apr 16, 2013 21:12 |  #11
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dochollidayda wrote in post #15835253 (external link)
At that price, I can buy the lens and lose my wife.

So, it's a win/win situation.

:lol:


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Apr 16, 2013 21:20 |  #12

I do have my own preferences.

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Apr 18, 2013 02:44 as a reply to  @ hongrzou's post |  #13

Here's more information on the 200-400. rick
http://petapixel.com …on-200-400mm-f4l-is-1-4x/ (external link)


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Apr 18, 2013 02:53 |  #14

Just to be clear, the PP article says "flip of a switch" but that's not accurate.

The TC is moved into and out of the light path by a direct lever. There are no electronics involved.


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Apr 18, 2013 04:40 |  #15

ScubaDude wrote in post #15836038 (external link)
So, it's a win/win situation.

:lol:

Buy 2 then you are future proof! :lol:


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