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Prediction for 200-400
« on: April 10, 2013, 01:17:35 AM »
Hello.
I have a two month African Safari coming up in September/October of this year.

Do you guys predict the 200-400 f4 will be available before that?

Asking because this is a very serious trip and I need to start sorting out my lenses from now.

Thanks.

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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 01:21:14 AM »
I say, don't count on it. If you have to buy or make reservation now, plan without it.

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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013, 02:16:15 AM »
I say, don't count on it. If you have to buy or make reservation now, plan without it.

I thought I would get such replies. Was hoping not...

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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2013, 06:37:42 AM »
Sure, it'll be available.  For sure.

Oh, wait, I though you meant 2015.   :P
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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2013, 01:06:58 PM »
Hello.
I have a two month African Safari coming up in September/October of this year.

Do you guys predict the 200-400 f4 will be available before that?

Asking because this is a very serious trip and I need to start sorting out my lenses from now.

Thanks.

Definite maybe.  Expect it to be announced as a real product before then (or perhaps Sept 2014) but then again supplies may be limited.  be prepared to pay an extra 20% to jump to the top of the list or buy it from someone got one early.

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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2013, 01:56:07 PM »
Obviously, something is very wrong with the lens or its production.  Canon is not talking, imagine those who sold their lenses thinking they'd have one shortly.
 
 

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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2013, 02:34:04 PM »
Obviously, something is very wrong with the lens ..

then why all prototype tester say it´s absolutely fantastic?

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..or its production.

yes finetuning a process for such a lens can take some time.
i once worked for a company where the usual setup of the production process took longer then the production of the product.

8-12 month setup for 4 month of production.




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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2013, 03:05:20 PM »
I first saw the lens at Focus on Imaging in March last year as a prototype. I saw it again this year and it has sprouted a lock on the built in extender. The marketing rep hadn't heard anything, but she was expecting it to be announced soon, but then what is the definition of soon when it has already been in the pipeline for a couple of years :P.
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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #8 on: April 15, 2013, 04:53:09 AM »
I was invited to a Canon/Cathay Photo Preview Session in Singapore in January this year (2013) purely about the 200-400f/4 (1.4x), We were able to play with production Lenses (According to the Canon People there these were Production Lenses), we could use our own cameras, but no Cards, on both my 1Dx & 5DMK3 Bodies this lens feels & looks the part, until we get to view Images we wont know for sure, but I feel it's at least as sharp as my 400f/2.8 V2 Lens, time will tell. Weight wise a fraction less than the 400f/2.8, maybe a few mm's shorter, it's not a small Lens, hand holdable if your reasonably adapt at holding the 400 V2.

Pre orders were taken at the Viewing by Cathay Photo, and an "estimated" delivery time was given of "Before June 2013", Since then I've heard nothing to detract from that statement, other than I have read a report that the Lens has been delayed due to "redesign requirements" apparently (I cant confirm this is real), there were reports after the London Olympics that the Flip switch for the 1.4x Converter was poorly placed in relation to the 1Dx Body/Controls on the Camera.

So, who knows, Canon are mind blowingly Obtuse on the matter, this Lens as we know has become the "Mythical Monster", I sincerely hope it will be this year, I have a Tanzania "Migration" shoot coming up in june/July for 4 weeks, I had hoped to have this Lens, I plan now on taking the 300/400 & 600 as I have no confidence Canon will have this Lens available by Mid this year, end of this year ?? Probably, I mean, Nikon have had a reasonable one for 10 Years.
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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2013, 07:51:28 AM »
Thank you guys.

Emi best wishes for your migration trip. Let me know when you there as I may be there too! :)

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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #10 on: April 15, 2013, 10:46:13 AM »
Hello.
I have a two month African Safari coming up in September/October of this year.

Do you guys predict the 200-400 f4 will be available before that?

Asking because this is a very serious trip and I need to start sorting out my lenses from now.

Thanks.

Go for a safe choice available and with which you can get trainning before.... going out with a new lens fr serious trip, you may miss couple of shoots time to know the lense... (including micro adjustment, being comfortable with handling, results etc)
Go for 300 2,8 is 2  with a teleconv X2

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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #11 on: April 15, 2013, 11:33:33 AM »
Nothing any time soon, rent a 400 f/2.8

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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #12 on: April 15, 2013, 11:57:44 AM »
I'd say rent, get a reservation in, you can always cancel.  300 f2.8 with 1.4X and 2X would be a pretty powerfull combo.  Bump up to 400 2.8 and 70-200 2.8 (and the extenders) if you can carry that backbreaking load, and afford it.


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Re: Prediction for 200-400
« Reply #13 on: April 15, 2013, 12:16:27 PM »
...this zoom is a total embarrassment to Canon if it ain't out soon.

I'm guessing but I think that the IQ with the built in TC is the problem ie Canon trying to be to clever.

If you really want one then switch to the opposition. They already have (almost) the same zoom for a fraction of the price (and lower hire out rate) of this dodo.

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Frustrated with the delay in the 200-400
« Reply #14 on: April 15, 2013, 03:22:36 PM »
Okay, just letting of a bit of stream here  ::)

Though the idea of a built in 1.4 converter is a great idea for this lens, I wish Canon had first come out with a straight 200-400 F4 and then introduced the lens with the built in converter.  They could have sold a bunch more as a number of people upgraded from w/o the built-in 1.4 to the lens with the built-in 1.4

Also wonder if this is the trend, built-in 1.4 converters in all the Great Whites????