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Lenses / EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x --- Brief hands-on review
« on: January 06, 2013, 08:26:17 AM »
I went to the Canon event @ Cathay Orchard Cineleisure (Singapore) today in order to have a look at the 200-400 F4L IS USM 1.4x and was not disappointed.

With exception of the 200 F2L IS all of Canon’s current long whites were lined up nicely with an 1DX attached on tripods with gimbal heads so that I could easily compare all of them side-by-side despite the huge crowd.

I did totally disregard the 6D, the EOS M, the 24-70L II, the cine cams and lenses and all other gadgets I am not interested in and went straight to the biggest swarm of people surrounding the 200-400L.

The 200-400L was definitely the star of the event and most difficult to put my sweaty hands on. Thanks to the Wimberley the handling of the lens was very easy despite its considerably large size.  The build quality is top notch and the AF snappy, accurate and lightning fast not only in center AF mode (=as great as on all current whites).

Manual focusing works well and the zoom ring operates smoothly although much slower than the one on the 70-200 F2.8L IS II. Zooming on a lens with such a huge diameter feels a bit odd but I am sure this is just the case because it is totally new to me. I just hope that zooming will be as easy when handholding the lens which unfortunately was not possible at the event.

IQ and bokeh are amazing (at least on the screen of the 1DX; the card doors were taped over on all cams so that I could not snatch any card).

Switching between 1.0x and 1.4x using the inbuilt TC works very well (of course the use of the TC costs you one stop), the locking mode is almost superfluous since the switch does not flip on its own and will hardly be flipped by mistake. The design as seen in the pics is supposed to be the final design. According to the Canon rep only the internal design is still not final but very close to.

He told me that the 200-400 would be commercially available in S’pore by the end of 2Q2013. He was not supposed to comment on the price tag and did not show any reaction to any of the price ranges I was throwing at him.

Here comes the surprise: According to the rep the lens will only weigh slightly more than 2kg (which should be pretty much in line with the 300 2.8L IS USM II). Therefore the lens will be handholdable and can be carried around all day without getting a sore back/arm. Hence my expectation towards the price is that it will cost at least as much as the 600 F4L IS II due to the huge amount of fluorite used to bring down the weight so much.

The Canon rep did not know anything about 800L and 200L updates nor about any upcoming DO super teles.

Verdict: If I would not own the 300 F2.8L IS II I would not be able to sleep tonight and when I would finally be able to sleep again in a couple of days I would definitely dream about the new addition to Canon’s white line-up…

P.S.:  Please excuse the poor quality of the pics, I snapped them secretly when the Canon reps’ eagle eyes were for a short moment not watching me closely. I just switched my RX100 on without checking/adjusting the settings/mode dial.
P.P.S.: The black AF points on the 1DX do really suck!



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Absolutely nothing with regards to the 20mm on Voigtlaenderrumors.com

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Technical Support / Re: Repairing Scratches - 5D MKIII
« on: January 05, 2013, 12:39:26 AM »
Hey guys

Recently had my MKIII out on a bit of a rough shoot and have a couple of annoying small scratches that have gone through the black body - any idea where I can get these repaired?

Thanks

You should be happy - you finally got a reason to upgrade to 1DX

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Lenses / Re: 5D3 + 135mm F2
« on: January 01, 2013, 05:37:01 AM »
On my 1D4 the 135L focusses very quickly and accurately. This lens is simply great value for money.

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Lenses / Re: Converters on a 7D
« on: December 13, 2012, 12:14:27 PM »
There's always the option to put tape over certain pins to enable the AF. You can for sure google the instructions on that trick...

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Lenses / Re: What's your dream lens
« on: December 10, 2012, 10:34:20 AM »
EF 200 F2.0L IS USM II

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Next Zeiss lens?
« on: October 22, 2012, 09:15:09 AM »
Thank you guys! For now I'll go for a Zeiss prime 35mm 2.0 or 1.4, and I'll rent some other primes when needed for a shoot. Any comments on the 35 2.0 or 1.4?

There is a thread somewhere comparing the two Zeiss 35's with the Canon 35L.

I bought the Zeiss 35 F.2 because I loved the 50 and wanted something light and small.   

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Lenses / Re: DXO - lens reviews - 300mm f/2.8 IS II - that bad ???
« on: October 15, 2012, 08:51:11 AM »
My 300 f2.8L IS II is super sharp and produces great colours.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Next Zeiss lens?
« on: October 12, 2012, 11:38:58 PM »
I would also recommend the 21mm. Borrowed it once from a colleague and fell in love immediately.

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Lenses / Re: What 3 lenses do you dream of and long to own?
« on: September 29, 2012, 02:27:33 PM »
It seems the 200mm F/2L is the most desired lens here.  ;D

If the average photographer were 11 meters tall, then the 600mm would probably be the most desired lens. And so it makes sense that, since we're mostly under 2 meters, a 200mm is the most desired. And even the 200mm sounds like it's heft is a bit of a limitation.

The F2.0 adds to its attractiveness a bit as well

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Lenses / Re: What 3 lenses do you dream of and long to own?
« on: September 27, 2012, 02:14:57 AM »
24-70 2.8L II
200 2.0L IS
500 4.0L IS II

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PowerShot / Re: Canon S100 vs Sony RX100
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:32:55 PM »
Tested the RX100 in Cyprus for a week - when I don't need AF in broad daylight I won't bother bringing along my 1D4 any more... ;-)

?? Are you trying to say the AF on the RX100 doesn't work in broad daylight? Confused.

It does work in broad daylight but I was referring to fast moving objects where I would need the AF speed of a DSLR.

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Lenses / Re: 24mm on a crop body?
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:30:08 PM »
I was using both the 24-105L and 24L II on 7D/550D and did find the 24mm to be limiting on the wide end - was always using my 16-35L II instead but since I got my 1D4 I am really in love with the 24L II, prefer it over the 16-35L II.

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Lenses / Re: 85 mm Lens
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:28:15 PM »
Hey,

I am not a professional photographer, but I would like to buy a nice portrait lens. I have a full frame body (1ds mk3) so I am considering the following lenses:

Canon 85 1.8
Sigma 85 1.4
Zeiss 85 1.4

Which would you recommend and why? Do you think it is better to go with the 135L ?

85L is over my budget and is to slow...

Thanks

Tomaz

Zeiss 85 F1.4 for sure

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PowerShot / Re: Canon S100 vs Sony RX100
« on: September 26, 2012, 12:21:57 PM »
Tested the RX100 in Cyprus for a week - when I don't need AF in broad daylight I won't bother bringing along my 1D4 any more... ;-)

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