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Canon 200-400 f4 + 1.4x built in


Steppenwolf 3 1.2k
23 Aug 2012 3:46PM
Two obvious problems. Firstly these telephoto zooms are pretty pointless nowadays for stills cameras with interchangeable lenses. Most of these zooms (100-400mm, 200-400mm, 200-500mm etc) tend to get used at their extreme telephoto end, for the simple reason that they're bloody heavy, and shorter zooms usually work better at the lower focal length range anyway. So you're better off using a good prime lens which will deliver better IQ. Secondly, why put the TC in the lens? The concept of matched TCs (i.e. TCs that are matched to a range of lenses) has been around a long time and works well.

It looks like something that's designed for extremely lazy Yanks who have more money than sense. It's a 200-560 f4- 5.6 with a gimmick.

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23 Aug 2012 9:08PM
It has a small appeal, it's weatherproofed, internal focus, internal zoom, and you don't have to expose the camera to the elements to add/remove the 1.4x which is only useful to a few people.
If you need it because you work in adverse conditions and want good quality, then you might make money from your photograph and can afford it.

It would replace my 100-400 L which is not weather sealed, and has terrible vignetting wide open, only working acceptably a couple of stops down. It may have an L label on but it's not up the quality of my 70-200 L.

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