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Looks like a great wildlife lens! I'm salivating at the thought to be honest.
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Good idea! The TC idea looks borrowed from their TV lenses - many of them have a build in converter, with the same style "bulge" on the side that holds the TC lens- if you at the photo in the first post and then here at a typical TV lens you'll see what I mean.
It's all mechanical - you flick a lever, and this moves the extra glass into place in the focal path - as on the left of this photo- here
In all honesty I can't see too much benefit in this unless the optics are far superior to the 100-400. I have a 100-400 and am fairly happy with it but need faster glass for winter sports that run into the evening and have artifical light and so am considering the sigma 120-300 2.8 or the 300 2.8 possibly the canon 300 2.8 if i can find a good second hand one + 1.4 tc.
Canon 300/400 2.8's are marriage breakingly expensive for mere mortals who are trying to break into the freelance market, hence the sigma. As much as I would aspire to a canon, having been canon through and through for 22 years, I may just have to go down the sigma route until I get those £5000+ commissions!
Considering that they are cutting out the 100-200mm range and the current price and quality point of the nikon version I'm sure that the canon 200-400mm will most certainly be beating the 100-400mm. Heck the 70-200mm M2 manages to equal that lens with a 2*TC.
The most interesting thing about this is will it tempt Cheryl to switch?
It must be based on same price as the 100-200mm (pump)otherwise there is no point in bringing it out. If it's £4000 or more then as usual it's Rip Off Brits time. They will not sell many if price is too high.
Quote: The most interesting thing about this is will it tempt Cheryl to switch?
Not likely - I don't even own the nikon version at the moment
@mr Dennis, no way this is to be priced like 100-400, it will be a whole different class of lens as the nikon version is to the 80-400 of the brand.
The 200-400 in combination with the first D3 model was indeed what tempted a number of particularly wildlife pros from canon, though some I know maintained a foot in both camps. For versatility a lens of this quality and range really can not be beat, but when I decided to rationalise my setup I could not bear to be parted from my 300 or 500.
Did I miss the 200-400 in Finland? Well if I had it I am sure I would have used it, but photography is about making the best of the lens you have at the time
Quote: It must be based on same price as the 100-200mm (pump)otherwise there is no point in bringing it out.
Sorry but that is utter rot, this lens is a potential alternative to 500 / 600 mm f4 monsters especially if it is considerably lighter. I was looking at a 500mm f4 but I am now holding fire to see how this one pans out.
I wonder if it has the price and power to push the 300mm f2.8 from its position. I have to say whilst I do like primes the idea of a 200-560mm zoom lens of high quality really does appeal as a "walkaround" lens. If its got the image quality it could be a fantastic lens both on its own and as support for something like a 500mm or 600mm prime (the zoom for when things come too close to the hide )
If it is as heavy as the Nikon version I would not consider it a walkaround lens But then I am a girlie
there ain't nothing wrong with a girlie. Stand tall, young lady, I still remember your Countryfile calendar image!
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sorry don't want to start a new topic on this lens .
but has anyone got any idea when this lens is going to be released ?
The latest rumour is end of this year, or early next. Plenty of time to save up
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