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Canon 200-400 f4 + 1.4x built in

meercat 9 278 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 8:59PM
Looks like a great wildlife lens! I'm salivating at the thought to be honest.

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Hugo 13 649 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 9:15PM
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
8 Feb 2011 8:44PM
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!
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
8 Feb 2011 9:23PM
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.
8 Feb 2011 10:27PM
fair point
StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
8 Feb 2011 11:25PM
The most interesting thing about this is will it tempt Cheryl to switch?Wink
MrDennis 9 261 Wales
9 Feb 2011 6:23PM
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.
csurry 16 9.2k 92
9 Feb 2011 7:11PM

Quote:The most interesting thing about this is will it tempt Cheryl to switch?Wink

Not likely - I don't even own the nikon version at the moment Grin

@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 Wink
cambirder 14 7.2k England
9 Feb 2011 8:06PM

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.
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
9 Feb 2011 8:11PM
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 )
csurry 16 9.2k 92
9 Feb 2011 8:49PM
If it is as heavy as the Nikon version I would not consider it a walkaround lens Grin But then I am a girlie Grin
ckristoff 13 994 Wales
9 Feb 2011 10:35PM

there ain't nothing wrong with a girlie. Stand tall, young lady, I still remember your Countryfile calendar image!

StrayCat 14 19.1k 3 Canada
12 Feb 2011 7:18PM
A few opinions; Link
sjk123 12 286 England
20 Aug 2012 7:56PM
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 ?
mikehit 8 8.0k 13 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2012 9:56AM
The latest rumour is end of this year, or early next. Plenty of time to save up Tongue

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