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Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« on: January 03, 2013, 07:39:13 AM »

From Canon Singapore

Canon Singapore posted an image on the their Facebook page showing the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x.


They say in the caption:

“Be one of the first to check out the soon to be launched EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x at the EOS Experience Roadshow happening this weekend! We’ll be at Cathay Orchard Cineleisure this 4-6 January from 11am-10pm! See you there!”


The wait may finally be over. How much you ask? I’m still hearing it’ll be about $11,000 USD.


Source: [Canon Singapore]


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Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 07:45:57 AM »
The time has come to go bust.

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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 07:51:07 AM »
Is it me or the lens does not look that huge? I would be delighted if it is not huge.

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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 08:12:55 AM »
I've handled it.  I mated it to a 1Dx at Photoplus and it is huge and quite hefty.  Great combination though.
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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 08:24:43 AM »
I've handled it.  I mated it to a 1Dx at Photoplus and it is huge and quite hefty.  Great combination though.

I hear it's about the same weight as the EF 600 f/4L IS II at around 8lbs.
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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 08:51:31 AM »
They had a 600 there too, it's about the same size.  Handling is a little different because of the added lever for the 1.4x TC.
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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 09:14:35 AM »
One of the worse kept secrets ever.  ::) absolutely no surprise in its release.

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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 09:14:35 AM »

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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2013, 09:20:26 AM »
It's a bank-account buster, but I really like this one.

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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2013, 09:34:49 AM »
$11,000....WOW!
I would expect image quality to be "stunning" even with the extender in place. I know it is just me...but I do not "get" a lens of this configuration at this cost factor. I guess it gives pros good versatility in certain situations.
...but at that cost with an extender switch..sounds like the lens could be open to some serious maintenance situations down the road.   Not trying to be negative...just standing back and scratching my head, based on what I know about photography. It is interesting, to say the least.
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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2013, 09:37:11 AM »
$11,000....WOW!
I would expect image quality to be "stunning" even with the extender in place. I know it is just me...but I do not "get" a lens of this configuration at this cost factor. I guess it gives pros good versatility in certain situations.
...but at that cost with an extender switch..sounds like the lens could be open to some serious maintenance situations down the road.   Not trying to be negative...just standing back and scratching my head, based on what I know about photography. It is interesting, to say the least.

actually, I know a lot of bird and sports shooters that would love to have this lens.  it's pretty much the ultimate long lens in terms of flexibility, first between having the 200-400 zoom range, and then being able to throw in a 1.4x extender without having to unmount the camera, attach the extender, and then remount the camera.

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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2013, 09:48:47 AM »
actually, I know a lot of bird and sports shooters that would love to have this lens.  it's pretty much the ultimate long lens in terms of flexibility, first between having the 200-400 zoom range, and then being able to throw in a 1.4x extender without having to unmount the camera, attach the extender, and then remount the camera.

It's a versatile lens no doubt, but I wouldn't consider it the "ultimate".  I think the ultimate would be a 200-400 f2.8 with no builtin tc.  Sure it would be an absolutely massive lens, but a fast 200-400 for big field sports would let you shoot all day and well into the evening with amazing subject isolation.  Throw on your own 2x tc and you've got yourself a killer birding lens at 400-800 f5.6.  Now that's a lens I could see myself selling a car for :D

The 200-400 is exciting, but I'm still saving for the 400 2.8....
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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2013, 09:53:56 AM »
It's a versatile lens no doubt, but I wouldn't consider it the "ultimate".  I think the ultimate would be a 200-400 f2.8 with no builtin tc.  Sure it would be an absolutely massive lens, but a fast 200-400 for big field sports would let you shoot all day and well into the evening with amazing subject isolation.  Throw on your own 2x tc and you've got yourself a killer birding lens at 400-800 f5.6.  Now that's a lens I could see myself selling a car for :D

The 200-400 is exciting, but I'm still saving for the 400 2.8....

sure, there are plenty of theoretical combinations that would could surmise as more flexible.  I'm talking about pitted against current, real-world lenses, it's the most flexible bird+sport lens on the market.  plus, I'd disagree that a 200-400 f/2.8 wouldn't be hindered by its massive size.  even for field sports, you want to be able to move (even more so with birding), and just because it's on a monopod or tripod doesn't mean that mass and inertia become meaningless.

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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2013, 10:07:25 AM »
sure, there are plenty of theoretical combinations that would could surmise as more flexible.  I'm talking about pitted against current, real-world lenses, it's the most flexible bird+sport lens on the market.  plus, I'd disagree that a 200-400 f/2.8 wouldn't be hindered by its massive size.  even for field sports, you want to be able to move (even more so with birding), and just because it's on a monopod or tripod doesn't mean that mass and inertia become meaningless.

I don't entirely disagree with you.  This lens is Canon's long overdue answer to Nikon's 200-400 and throwing in the builtin tc is a pretty good display of one-upmanship.  I'm sure it will have stellar optics and f4 was probably the best tradeoff between speed and "portability".  But I guarantee you if someone built my theoretical fast 200-400, you'd see it on the sidelines and out in the wild.  I'd just spend an extra hour per week in the gym, although I don't consider any of the superteles all that heavy. :D 
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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2013, 10:07:25 AM »

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« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2013, 10:37:30 AM »
Weighs like a 600 and costs almost as much...  ;D
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Re: Soon to be Launched EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2013, 10:54:56 AM »
Woohoo...oh right I'll never be able to afford it. 200-400 without the extender please canon at maybe a price similar to the Nikon?

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« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2013, 10:54:56 AM »