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Which one would you prefer?

Canon 600mm f4 IS II
35 (40.2%)
Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
52 (59.8%)

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Voting closed: March 07, 2015, 09:24:56 AM

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Dylan777

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Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« on: March 07, 2014, 09:24:56 AM »
Hi guys,
Between the Canon 600mm f4 II and Canon 200-400mm w/ 1.4x TC, which one would you prefer? and Why?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/973129-REG/canon_5176b002_ef_200_400mm_f_4l_is.html

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/754508-REG/Canon_5125B002_EF_600mm_f_4L_IS.html

Thanks
Dylan
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Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2014, 09:33:36 AM »
The 600 II, because I often need all the focal length I can get.  The 600 II is sharper at 840mm f/5.6 than the 200-400+1.4x at 560mm f/5.6 (link). 

I bought my 600 II before the 200-400+1.4x came out, but I'd make the same choice today.
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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2014, 09:40:55 AM »
The 600 II, because I often need all the focal length I can get.  The 600 II is sharper at 840mm f/5.6 than the 200-400+1.4x at 560mm f/5.6 (link). 

I bought my 600 II before the 200-400+1.4x came out, but I'd make the same choice today.

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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #3 on: March 07, 2014, 10:06:00 AM »
I would purchase the 200-400 simply because I like the flexibility of zoom. It woul be a wonderful addition on my 70-200
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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2014, 01:34:23 PM »
You asked which I would prefer, and that's easy: the 200-400.  Why?  Because I'm technically incapable of using sneaker zoom (aka primes).

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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #5 on: March 07, 2014, 02:07:24 PM »
the 200-400mm.. it´s just more flexible.

maybe not the best choice for birder... but for sport and overall wildlife i think it is.

what is the sharpest lens worth when you don´t get the shoot you want?
 

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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2014, 02:25:24 PM »
I have rented both lenses, like various aspects of each lens, but for me the decision hands down is the 600mm lens. Simply an amazing lens even with TC's attached.

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« Reply #6 on: March 07, 2014, 02:25:24 PM »

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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #7 on: March 07, 2014, 03:42:50 PM »
I have the 600II and since avian photography is an area of high interest for me, I would need this lens even if I had the 200-400. My biggest wish is for built-in 1.4X's on all future 600 and 800 offerings so I can get some of the quick focal length flexibility for re-framing but keep the speed and quality of the primes.

200-400 would be ideal for larger wildlife (safari) and sports action. Improving performance at high ISO's in future sensors makes it even more attractive. When I go on safari, I will buy one.
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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #8 on: March 07, 2014, 04:12:41 PM »
The two have different functions.  600 for birds and such, 200-400 for sports/action of larger subjects.  really depends on the intended use.  As a birder the 600 with 1.4TC wins hands down and this is often not enough.
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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #9 on: March 07, 2014, 04:12:53 PM »
I don't think there is any question that they are both the best there is at what they do and that is 600+ or 560-. That's why people buy one or the other. Either you want to be able to shoot at 560 and back it down quickly or shoot 600 and be able to go to 840 or 1200 with the tc's. I am considering buying the 600ii because I shoot that range a lot and that lens is just the business. Other posters have said that its sharper with the 1.4xiii at 840 f/5.6 than the 800!

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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2014, 05:06:24 PM »
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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #11 on: March 07, 2014, 05:07:04 PM »
They are different beasts.  The 600 mm is for when you want all the reach you can get.  Ultimately, you'll be "zooming" by cropping the image in post.  The 200-400 would be for when you need an optical zoom.  Safari has already been mentioned.  But there is a reason they were all over the place in Sochi.  Ice skaters close to your position then the ice skaters move away from you.  You need the optical zoom.  The 600 mm wouldn't work well for that.

I voted 600 mm.  I'd love to own both someday.  But if the two were on a table in front of me and I was only allowed to pick one, I'd pick up the 600 mm.  For what I shoot, I need all the reach I can get.

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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2014, 05:30:26 PM »

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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2014, 06:51:38 PM »
What Alan says is true. I dont have the canon to do a comparison but from what iv'e seen, The tamron will give you 90% performance at 10% cost of the canon. For most of us it doesn't pay, you pay a lot for that 1stop at 400 or even more extreme: how about the extra 2 stops with the sigma 200-500 f/2.8?

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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2014, 07:00:07 PM »
...you pay a lot for that 1stop at 400 or even more extreme

That's nothing new...  300/4 vs. 300/2.8, 400/5.6 vs. 400/4 DO vs. 400/2.8, 200/2.8 vs. 200/2, 17-40/4 vs. 16-35/2.8, etc.
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Re: Canon 600mm f4 IS II Vs Canon 200-400mm w/1.4x TC
« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2014, 07:00:07 PM »