CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18149017
600mm f/5.6 would weigh in at around 5-6 pounds.
For the DO, we need to make some assumptions based on the few examples of DO we have already been able to weigh.
The 400mm DO (@ 4.6 pounds) only saves about a pound or so vs. what a 400mm f/4 would normally weigh. (between 5.6-6.4 pounds. 5.6 being "new canon glass" weight, 5.6 being older mid 2000 gen Canon weight and current Nikon weight)
we'll stick with current Gen Canon weight of 5.6, to keep all else as equal as we can.
The lightest 600mm f/4 currently made is the Canon @ 8.6 pounds (Much lighter than the last version)
If we can only save 1 pound, then we are at over 7 pounds still.
If we go via percentage, 5.6 vs. 4.6 is a 17% decrease in weight, We are still at about 7.1 pounds for a 600mm f/4 DO.
Thanks for doing the math. from my friends in South Africa that shoot a lot of big glass, the comfortable limit for most is right at 7 pounds (the 500mm f/4 ver II). Some hand-hold the 200-400, but only for short periods or younger, stronger guys. That's 8 pounds. I don't really know of anyone that regularly handholds the current 600 and can truly be steady enough to get good shutter speeds.
This math further makes me think a 600mm, f/5.6 at around 5 to 6 pounds would be a hit.
Where I become a little less sure of my comments is actually with Canon's 100-400 ver II and thoughts of the recent newer Tamron and Sigma zooms that reach 600mm. The 1-4 V2 is really sharp with the 1.4x III T/C and f/8 and gives us 560mm equivalent. I never thought a zoom could be that sharp with a T/C. Is my dream lens a zoom?
I haven't seen field images with the newer Tamron, but, of course it is f/6.3. I don't know if the Tamron will autofocus with their T/C attached. The write-up says it is 1 stop, so I have some doubts. Conversely, I can't think today's Canon would come out with a lens of this family that wouldn't autofocus with their 1.4x T/C.
I'm rambling. I just want 600mm that fits in my bag and ways less than 7 pounds and is Canon 'new generation' sharp. A simple request.