« on: March 27, 2013, 11:02:29 AM »
I am saying this is because the current 100-400L is a fine zoom optic and a new version - presumably even better - would seriously cut into the sales of the 200-400 - yep one stop faster but twice the weight and three/four times the price!
I can't see how a £2.5K lens and a £10.5K are in the same market. I have a 400mm f2.8 LIS....and I would love a 100-400 mkII lens. It fulfills a completely different role to my other 400mm lens. It's be smaller, lighter, handholdable, occasional...in fact it might even replace my 70-200 f2.8 LIS II.
The big 400 is for images were I have the time to set it up and I need to melt backgrounds. The 100-400 would be where I need a really versatile and neat long zoom.
The current 75-300 LIS is a fine lens, great optics and build like a tank. I hope this new 100-400 is designed to the same if not better standards. It's a pity that this new lens isn't a 70-400, it would work well as a 2 lens combo with the new 24-70 f4 LIS. The 24-105 LIS is a little old and needs an update.