dochollidayda wrote in post #15761596
Can it be because of Nikon's recent launch of 80-400 and kicking Canon where it most hurts? http://www.canonrumors.com …-with-eos-7d-mark-ii-cr2/
Hope to learn more about it, I have had my eyes on this lens for a while now.
What do you guys think?
Oops - Wrong forum, I think this belongs in the rumor section, mods please move it. Thanks.
I don't think this has anything to do with Nikon's lens, who developed theirs becuase of Canon's version was big seller and they didn't have one. This has more to do with making sure they get it right, the original lens had some bad rep a number of years back about image quality. I've tried three versions of this lens over the years, and early one...which was very good, a middle aged one which was terrible and a recent one which was excellent. I suspect that Canon had performed a silent upgrade to their manufacturing processes to cure this issue....but it's still an old design and needs updating.
As far as market goes, it's been a big seller for Canon and one they will need to get right. It's so versatile, for many its their go-to long lens of choice.
I like the Nikon idea of racking it out to 80mm at the wide end. Which would work better with a 24-70 than the current Canon version. Loosing 70-100mm in a two lens line up can be a problem and it's a range that's often needed. Canon's 24-105mm snugly fits in this range, but it's an old lens. It's not so great at the 24mm end and is optically overshadowed by the two new 24-70L designs. So I'm hoping for a 24-105 f4 L IS replacement too.
The current 100-400 is a fine performer optically. I found that wide open at 400mm it was nearly as strong as a prime. It's bokeh was a little fussy and it was closer to 380mm than a true 400mm. The 100-250mm range was a little soft wide open, but drop to f5.6 and it was nice and sharp. So i used to use this lens as a constant f5.6. The IS is 1st generation and I think it was one of the first camera lenses to sport an Image Stabiliser. Things have moved on! I found it's AF to be very slow...almost painful to use in lower light levels. I didn't have an issue with the push pull zoom, except that at 400mm the tripod collar was in the wrong place and the lens could pick up vibration even on a sturdy tripod. It's also not weather sealed and considering this is the wildlife shooters main preference...go on a safari and you will see loads of these lenses poking out of landrovers in the serengetti
When compared to the current 75-300mm LIS, I think we can expect great things from this rumoured new lens....it could be a game changer!