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200-400 Availability
« on: July 15, 2013, 07:38:31 PM »
This lens has been available, on a limited basis, for a number of weeks now.  Does anyone have any additional information on availability or predictions for delivery of more of these lenses?  Thanks.

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Re: 200-400 Availability
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2013, 11:03:52 AM »
You need to put one on pre-order, you would be 13th on the list of back orders at Adorama, perhaps call a few other vendors. I waited 6 weeks.

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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2013, 11:46:53 AM »
It might be 6 months before they are in stock, so waiting a few weeks for a pre-order is the best way.  Rentals are available.

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Re: 200-400 Availability
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2013, 06:15:50 AM »
When I was in Singapore around June 1st, Cathay Photo had a 200-400 that had arrived the day before that wasn't reserved (the other one was a pre-order that was picked up on the day it arrived).

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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2013, 08:42:55 AM »
When I was in Singapore around June 1st, Cathay Photo had a 200-400 that had arrived the day before that wasn't reserved (the other one was a pre-order that was picked up on the day it arrived).

That was me, the one that was picked up, the other was also a Pre Order but the customer declined when it arrived, not sure it's still available, but basically mine was USD price (Canon Listed) less the 7% GST Refund.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2013, 09:30:54 AM »
When I was in Singapore around June 1st, Cathay Photo had a 200-400 that had arrived the day before that wasn't reserved (the other one was a pre-order that was picked up on the day it arrived).

That was me, the one that was picked up, the other was also a Pre Order but the customer declined when it arrived, not sure it's still available, but basically mine was USD price (Canon Listed) less the 7% GST Refund.

I was actually thinking that it could be you, eml  :) Since the other lens was for sale, they didn't have it out for drooling. I was slightly disappointed (wanting to see/touch the mythical lens) but then again I understand their business decision. And I really don't have a good excuse for buying it, besides the "because I could..." defense.

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Re: 200-400 Availability
« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2013, 09:55:55 PM »
My original question had more to do with why these lenses seem to be so slow in reaching the dealers.  I realize that those who have pre-paid, or put down a deposit get the first ones that arrive, but once again it seems like this lens is really just dribbling in because I have not found any dealer, anywhere, who seems to be getting this lens delivered in any numbers at all....that was my question.....I appreciate the responses though.,

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« Reply #7 on: July 27, 2013, 12:24:44 AM »
My original question had more to do with why these lenses seem to be so slow in reaching the dealers.  I realize that those who have pre-paid, or put down a deposit get the first ones that arrive, but once again it seems like this lens is really just dribbling in because I have not found any dealer, anywhere, who seems to be getting this lens delivered in any numbers at all....that was my question.....I appreciate the responses though.,

The elements in it are huge, and the tolerances are really tight, so my question is what is the keeper rate on them, and what are they doing with the cast offs?
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« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2013, 01:07:34 AM »
My original question had more to do with why these lenses seem to be so slow in reaching the dealers.  I realize that those who have pre-paid, or put down a deposit get the first ones that arrive, but once again it seems like this lens is really just dribbling in because I have not found any dealer, anywhere, who seems to be getting this lens delivered in any numbers at all....that was my question.....I appreciate the responses though.,


The elements in it are huge, and the tolerances are really tight, so my question is what is the keeper rate on them, and what are they doing with the cast offs?

 
There are no cast offs.  These are not machine assembled lenses, they are hand assembled, and if the lens does not meet specs, parts are replaced until it does.
 
http://singleservingphoto.com/2011/11/02/canon-lens-assembly-videos/
 
The same basic procedure is also used for other expensive lenses that are cutting image, Leica, Zeiss, Nikon, and any top quality lens.   
 
http://singleservingphoto.com/2011/07/12/making-a-leica-lens/

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Re: 200-400 Availability
« Reply #9 on: July 27, 2013, 07:57:04 PM »
It might be 6 months before they are in stock, so waiting a few weeks for a pre-order is the best way.  Rentals are available.

Given the price tag, I suspect this lens will be a "special order only" item for a lot of stores...
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Re: 200-400 Availability
« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2013, 09:06:46 PM »
mine was shipped today...took about 3-4 weeks....I suspect that once the backorders are all filled that it will be a normal in-stock lens at the big retailers, just like the 300, 400,500,600 and 800 mm lenses are now.

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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2013, 10:38:41 PM »
mine was shipped today...took about 3-4 weeks....I suspect that once the backorders are all filled that it will be a normal in-stock lens at the big retailers, just like the 300, 400,500,600 and 800 mm lenses are now.
The backlog will get worked down during the dog days of summer (August), and then they typically get all snatched up again in the fall and Christmas times.

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Re: 200-400 Availability
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2013, 04:45:04 PM »
Makes sense to me!

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« Reply #13 on: August 08, 2013, 11:41:25 PM »
My 200-400 arrived today....sweet lens...can't wait to give it a workout this weekend.....

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Re: 200-400 Availability
« Reply #14 on: August 09, 2013, 06:09:16 AM »
In Russia it is available...at 17 000 USD... :o
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