I would, if I only could... but I can't, so it's not going to happendslrdummy said:Admittedly I would never want to spend this much on a single lense or piece of camera equipment
I wouldn't call the 400 f/4 combo "relatively slow", even if it was referred to a prime lens; I'd love a 400 f/4 IS prime. Being a zoom, I'd rather say the 200-400 f/4 is pretty fast. Price will drop considerably in a couple of years, anyway.dslrdummy said:...why for the convenience of having a built-in extender someone would pay so much for a relatively slow lense.
My thoughts are very similar, but this lens definitely has its place. One angle that could be taken in justifying the purchase is if the lens does as well as two separate cameras in following a subject through medium to long distances. That's probably $4K savings right there if you're someone who would be using two cameras otherwise.jthomson said:I've been hoping that the rumoured price was wrong.
Nikon's 200-400 is less expensive than their 500mm f4.
I was hoping Canon's price structure would be similar.
I like the concept of the 200-400mm 1.4x, but not at the price.
When i get a big white it wil either be the 500mm f4 or the 300mm f2.8 with the 2xIIIl
The street price will drop at least 2500 in a few months...Eimajm said:Silly price, 45% more than Nikkons offerring . If this was reasonably priced, around $7500 may have considered it, I think I'll rather save $1000+ and go with a lighter weight and longer reach 500mm, or a faster 400 2.8.
It's a common issue with modern tele-zooms. It's one aspect (along with increased flare and bokeh nevousness) where primes tend to excel over zooms.neuroanatomist said:The 70-300L and 70-200/2.8L IS II both have the same MFD and maximum magnification, despite the former being 100mm longer. Since focal length is specified at infinity, the 70-300L must have a lot more focus breathing, seems the 200-400L does as well.9VIII said:Curious about the maximum magnification. B&H lists .15x, the same as the 400f2.8, but it has a much shorter minimum focus distance than the 400f2.8.
Yes, because that's exactly what happened with the MkII supertele primes.RVB said:The street price will drop at least 2500 in a few months...Eimajm said:Silly price, 45% more than Nikkons offerring . If this was reasonably priced, around $7500 may have considered it, I think I'll rather save $1000+ and go with a lighter weight and longer reach 500mm, or a faster 400 2.8.