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POLL: "Would you buy a EF 400mm f/5.6L IS?"
Yes, I would upgrade from my EF 400mm f/5.6L
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23%
Yes, I would upgrade from my current lens
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30.5%
No, I am happy with my EF 400mm f/5.6L
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14.4%
No, I am happy with my current lens
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11.5%
No, I rather get the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS
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7.5%
Sorry, not a Canon user
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1.7%
Kidneys are still considered legal tender, right?
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11.5%

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Aug 30, 2010 18:57 |  #16

The sweet thing about the current lens is it's really good IQ and lightning fast AF. The three areas where it could do with an upgrade though is to
1) Shorten it's Min focus distance, the current 3.5 is way to far away.
2) Add a nice 4 stop IS unit, but retain or improve it's optics.
3) Add weather sealing.

Other than that...it's a pretty good lens.


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Sep 03, 2010 14:15 |  #17

Why is it ppl keeping asking for nigh-impossible things in threads like this?

a 400mm f/4L IS lens is not possible at $2500!


(The weight reduction in the OP is also a little optimistic, too. I understand that this stat was based on the improvements made to the new super400, but that was 28% weight reduction on one of the very heaviest lensses going around...)

I had to choose between a 300 and a 400 when I was getting lenses, and I go tthe 300 because it had IS. If a 400 came out with new optics, new IS & weather sealing, I'd be happy to pay an extra $700 over the current retail price of the existing model. I'd probably still get one if it was $1000 over the retail price of the current model, but I wouldn't be as happy.

I really like Gareth's suggestion of shortening the minimum facus distance too. I hadn't thought of that.




  
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Sep 03, 2010 14:48 |  #18

I thought they were asking for a f5.6 lens. Sure that is possible considering the 100-400L zoom has that covered for under $1500.


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Sep 03, 2010 14:54 as a reply to  @ tkbslc's post |  #19

I think that the lens is going to get a lot of bashing at first on here if it is released. It will probably be 2000-2500 and people will just say that for that kind of money, they would rather have the cheaper zoom, which already has IS or stick with the current model if they need all of the current benefits of the prime over the zoom. I'd consider upgrading if it fell in the 1500-2000 range, but I doubt that given current pricing trends.


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Sep 03, 2010 15:46 |  #20

As posted earlier, decreasing the MFD would have to be part of the equation for me to think about upgrading.


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Sep 03, 2010 15:47 |  #21

I would probably upgrade mine if I could sell it at a decent price as I cant really see myself moving to a bigger lens mostly due to price, partly due to size and weight. The currently 400 is so portable its brilliant in that regard.

MFD needs to be much improved also however.


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Sep 03, 2010 16:11 |  #22

nuffi wrote in post #10844674 (external link)
Why is it ppl keeping asking for nigh-impossible things in threads like this?

a 400mm f/4L IS lens is not possible at $2500!


(The weight reduction in the OP is also a little optimistic, too. I understand that this stat was based on the improvements made to the new super400, but that was 28% weight reduction on one of the very heaviest lensses going around...)

I had to choose between a 300 and a 400 when I was getting lenses, and I go tthe 300 because it had IS. If a 400 came out with new optics, new IS & weather sealing, I'd be happy to pay an extra $700 over the current retail price of the existing model. I'd probably still get one if it was $1000 over the retail price of the current model, but I wouldn't be as happy.

I really like Gareth's suggestion of shortening the minimum facus distance too. I hadn't thought of that.




Imagine weight reduction on a 400mm F4 DO 2 IS!!!!


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Sep 03, 2010 16:25 |  #23

At that price, I'd hold out for a used 300mm f/2.8L IS

I would not want to see the AF speed sacrificed for improved MFD.. if they could give us both, that would be good.


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Sep 03, 2010 16:33 |  #24

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #10845393 (external link)
At that price, I'd hold out for a used 300mm f/2.8L IS

I would not want to see the AF speed sacrificed for improved MFD.. if they could give us both, that would be good.

I'm with you on this. The 400L amazes me with it's AF performance every time.


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Sep 03, 2010 16:40 |  #25

so whats wrong with using a 300 f4 IS and a 1.4 tc? Ive never used the 300 f4 IS but it has great iq from what i hear with and with out a tc wide open.

If I were at 400 all the time i guess i would opt for the 400 5.6, but if canon makes it with IS then it will twice the price and for the twice the price i would rather get a used 300 2.8 IS, or maybe even a used 300 2.8 non IS?


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Sep 03, 2010 17:02 |  #26

I'd pay U$D 2500 for an EF 400mm f/5.6L IS (4-stop) with weather sealing and improved optics IN A HEART BEAT!

And easily U$D 3k for an EF 500mm f/5.6L IS (4-stop)...


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Sep 03, 2010 17:15 |  #27

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #10845393 (external link)
At that price, I'd hold out for a used 300mm f/2.8L IS

I would not want to see the AF speed sacrificed for improved MFD.. if they could give us both, that would be good.

come on, can't I have my cake and eat it too?


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Sep 05, 2010 03:55 |  #28

windpig wrote in post #10845146 (external link)
As posted earlier, decreasing the MFD would have to be part of the equation for me to think about upgrading.

+1!

I absolutely love the MFD on the 300 4 IS. If a 400 5.6 IS could focus around 6-7 feet, it would be an incredible lens. I'd certainly buy one.


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Feb 05, 2011 19:31 |  #29

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Feb 05, 2011 23:58 |  #30

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