Nothing interests me less than another average zoom lens that doesn't have a constant aperture..... If you're spending that much on a body, why compromise on a crappy lens?Why would the lack of constant aperture make a lens crappy? Are the 100-400 and 70-300L lenses crappy?
I'll chime in here, I guess it's convenience when shooting with a constant (stopped down) aperture and need some light. I don't mind an aperture range from f/3.5-4.5. You can stop that down to f/5.6 for the entire range for instance and still have a reasonably wide aperture. I usually do the same with an f/4 lens. A short zoom that ends in f/5.6 is not fun when struggling for light as that would result in f/8 to or so to get optimum sharpness especially with a cheapie.
Of course this all assumes that you need to stop down some for best sharpness as is the case with most zoom lenses. and there are a very few exceptions.
I love my 100-400 but almost always use it with apertures stopped down to f/6.3 at least.
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