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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #30 on: May 14, 2013, 03:10:34 PM »
Shoot, if I had $12K, I'd get it.

Hell if I had $6K, I'd get an old 400mm Prime f/2.8.

Is it too soon to speculate on a 200-400 f/2.8 with 1.4x?  How expensive and how heavy would that lens be?

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Basically everytime you add a stop, you increase the size of glass by 4.  So rather than 8 lbs, 32 lbs.

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2013, 03:43:52 PM »
Fantastic lens but the cost is a lot. USA £7800, UK£ 12000. Over a third more expensive. Ouch!

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2013, 07:17:43 PM »
I guess the f/4 aperture is the deal-breaker for me.  Plus, I already have f/2.8 lenses in that range.
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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2013, 04:45:10 AM »
Fantastic lens but the cost is a lot. USA £7800, UK£ 12000. Over a third more expensive. Ouch!

Canon seems to add 1/3rd of the "base price" as an early adopter's premium, for expensive lenses that is a lot of $$$ in absolute terms while for a Rebel it's just a couple of bucks - the price will drop after the first year on the market and when sufficient quantities are stockpiled.

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #34 on: May 15, 2013, 06:06:35 AM »
Fantastic lens but the cost is a lot. USA £7800, UK£ 12000. Over a third more expensive. Ouch!

See it from the bright side, you can do a weekend trip to New York, live in a swanky hotel and eat nice and on the Saturday pick a lens up from an actual shop stocking it while still saving money overall.

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #35 on: May 15, 2013, 09:34:04 AM »
Canon seems to add 1/3rd of the "base price" as an early adopter's premium, for expensive lenses that is a lot of $$$ in absolute terms while for a Rebel it's just a couple of bucks - the price will drop after the first year on the market and when sufficient quantities are stockpiled.

I think you overstate.  The MkII supertele lenses are widely available now, the 300/400 have been out over a year, and prices have dropped at most ~7%.  The 600 II is 1.5% cheaper now than when I bought it last August.

So yes, there's an early adopter premium - but the supertele lenses don't drop all that much.
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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2013, 05:03:28 AM »
Fantastic lens but the cost is a lot. USA £7800, UK£ 12000. Over a third more expensive. Ouch!

See it from the bright side, you can do a weekend trip to New York, live in a swanky hotel and eat nice and on the Saturday pick a lens up from an actual shop stocking it while still saving money overall.

That price differnetial isn't the fault of Canon....they base price to the dealers is pretty much the same. It's juat a bit of blatent profiteering from the UK vendors who are selling at full RRP and think they will sell every copy they can get their grubby hands on.
At the current price differential, get a standby flight to the US and go and get one Stateside. It'll cost you time and energy, but will yeild a serious price saving.

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2013, 05:24:01 AM »
Canon seems to add 1/3rd of the "base price" as an early adopter's premium
I think you overstate.

Ok, I have to say the figure was based on my personal perception :-p and esp. camera body prices, since I'm not in the market for €10k+ teleprimes I didn't watch price development that closely...so I'll adjust my statement as "up to 1/3rd" :->

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2013, 08:06:09 AM »
Fantastic lens but the cost is a lot. USA £7800, UK£ 12000. Over a third more expensive. Ouch!

See it from the bright side, you can do a weekend trip to New York, live in a swanky hotel and eat nice and on the Saturday pick a lens up from an actual shop stocking it while still saving money overall.

That price differnetial isn't the fault of Canon....they base price to the dealers is pretty much the same. It's juat a bit of blatent profiteering from the UK vendors who are selling at full RRP and think they will sell every copy they can get their grubby hands on.
At the current price differential, get a standby flight to the US and go and get one Stateside. It'll cost you time and energy, but will yeild a serious price saving.

and good luck with customs on the way back  ;D

sorry off topic but as an aside is it correct that unlike bodies lens warrenties are world wide? I seem to remember reading that somewhere but It may have been on the back of a bottle of red  ::)

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #39 on: May 31, 2013, 06:37:15 AM »
Fantastic lens but the cost is a lot. USA £7800, UK£ 12000. Over a third more expensive. Ouch!

See it from the bright side, you can do a weekend trip to New York, live in a swanky hotel and eat nice and on the Saturday pick a lens up from an actual shop stocking it while still saving money overall.

That price differnetial isn't the fault of Canon....they base price to the dealers is pretty much the same. It's juat a bit of blatent profiteering from the UK vendors who are selling at full RRP and think they will sell every copy they can get their grubby hands on.
At the current price differential, get a standby flight to the US and go and get one Stateside. It'll cost you time and energy, but will yeild a serious price saving.

and good luck with customs on the way back  ;D

sorry off topic but as an aside is it correct that unlike bodies lens warrenties are world wide? I seem to remember reading that somewhere but It may have been on the back of a bottle of red  ::)

Some Pro photographers have been known to write the journey off against tax...post the empty box and case to the UK and walk though customs with the lens in their camera bag with camo covers over the lens. With very little bother from the customs guys. Not that I would do such a thing because it's illegal. But it's been done many times before.

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Re: EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x Announcement Tonight
« Reply #39 on: May 31, 2013, 06:37:15 AM »