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Lens Experts: 400 4.0L IS and 600 5.6 DO

 
JPBones73
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Apr 22, 2013 20:31 |  #1

Come October, I'll be in the market to buy a big white lens for birding and wildlife. I do most of my birding by kayak, or at wildlife areas where you can set up a small blind near the water and shoot. Because I usually handhold in a kayak or small blind, I'm looking at the 400 4.0 DO. If on land, I'll sometimes use a monopod. I've used the DO with the 1.4x TC and gotten some very good results considering the shooting conditions. (I used it for a football game once without the TC and was blown away.) I'm aware of the knocks on this lens with regard to the contrast and bokeh, and I know that it's no 500 4.0L or a 300 2.8L in terms of IQ. It fits my needs, though. I love my 400 5.6L but I'd love the option of throwing on a TC with IS. (I don't use IS for BIF but it would be great for habitat shots and feeding.)

Canon Rumors believes that a 400 4.0L IS may be released in 2013, and Canon has filed a patent for a 600 5.6 DO with a macro feature. (I'm looking at YOU, Mr. Dragonfly.) For all of the lens experts out there, where would you see these lenses coming in on the price/weight scale? Money may not be an issue, but I'm only looking to buy one lens. I'd never take a 500 on a kayak or even a small boat because of size and expense. Hard to travel with, too.

600 4.0L II ($12,949) (8.64 lbs)
500 4.0L II ($10,399) (7.03 lbs)
400 2.8L II ($10,999) (8.5 lbs)
400 4.0 DO ($4,999) (4.3 lbs)
400 5.6L ($1,119) (2.8 lbs)

600 5.6 DO ($?) (x.xx lbs)
400 4.0L IS ($?) (x.xx lbs)

Relevant links:

http://www.canonrumors​.com …ear-for-400mm-lenses-cr1/ (external link)

http://www.canonrumors​.com …-600-f5-6-do-800-f5-6-do/ (external link)

http://www.canonrumors​.com …nses-with-macro-features/ (external link)


70D, 7D Mark II
24-105 4.0L, 70-200 2.8L, 400 f/4 DO
http://500px.com/JimMc​Coy (external link)

  
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