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« on: April 16, 2013, 09:48:45 AM »

A light at the end of the tunnel?

I spoke to someone at NAB last week about the yet-to-be-officiall-announced EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x. I was toldĀ that the lens is now “expected to arrive in the fall of 2013. The design and functionality of the lens are set, Canon is now waiting for the manufacturing process to be finalized so production can begin”.


I got to hold and play with the 200-400 a bit last week, and I must say the weight of it shocked me. It’s going to be pretty close to the EF 600 f/4L IS II. I’m sure everything else about the lens is top notch, as we’re still being told to expect a price north of $10,000 USD.


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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2013, 09:53:21 AM »
could not care less about when or if this 10000 euro lens is released.

but i want a great 12-24mm lens... !!!   


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« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2013, 10:05:10 AM »
could not care less about when or if this 10000 euro lens is released.

but i want a great 12-24mm lens... !!!

I want both! Not looking good for my bank account!!
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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2013, 10:14:52 AM »
Thank you for the information.

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« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2013, 10:18:43 AM »
could not care less about when or if this 10000 euro lens is released.

but i want a great 12-24mm lens... !!!

I want both! Not looking good for my bank account!!

+1 on the lens, +10 on the bank account.


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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2013, 10:28:08 AM »
 That's kind of pricey , but on the bright side I'm sure they will knock off a few bucks if you get it as a kit lens with the new 7D mkII .  :P

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2013, 11:10:40 AM »
So over 8 lbs? Yikes. :o

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2013, 12:31:57 PM »
So over 8 lbs? Yikes. :o

Holy cow, not that I'd be in the market for a 10k lens, but I'm wondering what users Canon has in mind - at this weight, most photo-journalistic or quick action shots seem to be impossible?

But probably it's really a small pro sports (and maybe wildlife?) market, and those few people are fine to shell out that money for top notch iq & reach flexibility.

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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2013, 01:04:16 PM »
Probably a stupid question, but what is the purpose of this lens ... apart from another look-what-we-can-do lens to divert attention from the fact that Canon cannot make EF-S primes.
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2013, 01:28:27 PM »
So over 8 lbs? Yikes. :o

that is on par with other canon L series lenses - around $1200 / Lb   ;D ;D

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2013, 01:33:29 PM »
So over 8 lbs? Yikes. :o

Holy cow, not that I'd be in the market for a 10k lens, but I'm wondering what users Canon has in mind - at this weight, most photo-journalistic or quick action shots seem to be impossible?

But probably it's really a small pro sports (and maybe wildlife?) market, and those few people are fine to shell out that money for top notch iq & reach flexibility.

Until you put it on a monopod/tripod and shoot from the side of a major sports event or out stalking wildlife. Or you're a paparazzi and needs to be able to go from shouting "Hi there" to being so far away as to be unnoticeable.
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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2013, 01:53:12 PM »
...another look-what-we-can-do lens to divert attention from the fact that Canon cannot make EF-S primes.

Last time I checked, Canon was doing just fine at making the EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro.   :P
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« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2013, 02:18:38 PM »
OK, let me rephrase that ... "another look-what-we-can-do lens to divert attention from the fact that Canon cannot make a second EF-S prime."  ;)
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« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2013, 02:27:13 PM »
I also had a chance to play with the 200-400 at NAB last week.

My opinion - its advantage is flexibility; and the optics (at least through the viewfinder) looked very nice.  But I have concerns. 

If you consider that most will either shoot it wide (200) or long (400) - its a 200 f/4.0 and 400 f/4.0 + 1.4 extender.  Is the added convenience worth $10k+ ?  For those who need the rapid flexibility not to miss a shot between 200 and 560 (extended + 1 stop), maybe. 

The feel was nice - I could handhold it but it is physically long.  My biggest gripe was the position of the extender switch.  I really would like to be able to flick it while viewfinding but its in the 10:00 position. On a tripod/monopod, not as much an issue.

I think this is going to be a very hot lens and very popular with wildlife and daylight sports photographers.   High on my wish list but most likely I'll focus on the prime 2.8's first.
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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Availability
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2013, 03:03:41 PM »
So basically this is a 200-560mm f/4-5.6 lens? Now, due to the IS, if it is a highly portable (hand-holdable) lens ... great for sport and stalking game. If not, still, what's the point?
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