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jonathan7007:
I may have missed recent mentions of a new 100-400L but am thinking ahead about:
1. how much to save/allocate from limited funds for future purchases, and
2. How long before we see this lens.

I want something longer than what I have now: 70-200 series II. I do have a Canon 2x extender II. I'd probably sometimes use the Extender on the 100-400 if I bought that, as I won't be buying, say, a 400 f2.8. I don't photograph birds. This is for landscapes, sports, commercial (stills) editorial work.

I wonder what the likely cost of a new 100-400 will be? $2500? What does everyone think?

jonathan7007

K-amps:

--- Quote from: jonathan7007 on November 16, 2012, 11:25:40 PM ---I may have missed recent mentions of a new 100-400L but am thinking ahead about:
1. how much to save/allocate from limited funds for future purchases, and
2. How long before we see this lens.

I want something longer than what I have now: 70-200 series II. I do have a Canon 2x extender II. I'd probably sometimes use the Extender on the 100-400 if I bought that, as I won't be buying, say, a 400 f2.8. I don't photograph birds. This is for landscapes, sports, commercial (stills) editorial work.

I wonder what the likely cost of a new 100-400 will be? $2500? What does everyone think?

jonathan7007

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Yes thats about the range I expect Canon to sell it at.... so much so that the current model might go up to 1500 used.

Mt Spokane Photography:
People keep predicting a replacement, and have been for the last 7 or more years. 
IMHO, its wishful thinking.  There is really no competition for the existing lens, Nikon has been rumored to have a improved 80-400mm coming, but their existing one is more expensive and inferior.
Why make a slightly better one for 2-3 times the price?
For the quality and price, the 100-400mmL is a bargain. 

Marsu42:

--- Quote from: Mt Spokane Photography on November 17, 2012, 02:37:56 AM ---Why make a slightly better one for 2-3 times the price?

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Canon accounting could give you the answer as to why this is an excellent idea :-> ...

But to the op: Except for their IS primes Canon seems to be very conservative and they release new products only when pressed by the competition - like the new 24-70 mk2 since the Nikon that is better than the mk1. So we might really expect a new 14-24 uwa lens, but there is little pressure to produce a new 100-400L since people who want better iq currently have to go for the much more expensive tele primes.

tome223:
Love my Canon 100-400mmL.  I'd expect the new one to be $2400-$2600 but don't think there is a rush on the 100-400Lii because the 70-300L is presumably doing well and the APS-C equivalent to 112mm-480mm.  When I was on safari in Kenya last year lots of people had the 70-300L. 

On a side note, saw the 100-400mm in use as the handheld surveillance camera on Cinemax's Strikeback a few episodes ago.  I for one like the push/pull, wonder if Canon will keep that one the ii version.

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