First Leaked Images of the RF 800mm F5.6L IS USM and the RF 1200mm F8L IS USM

neuroanatomist

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Pricing is bizarre. RF600 + 2x TC is $13600, instead of $20k for the same lens without the sbility to detach the TC. The reviews will be looking carefully at whether the 1200 has meaningful advnatages in performance, weight, and size for the eye-watering 50% price premium. (RF800 less so but still painful).
Except for possible AF performance advantages (unknown but probable because a TC forces a reduction in AF speed, at least on EF lenses), the main advantage I see is that these lenses with an internal TC also take an external TC with no loss of infinity focus.
 
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Except for possible AF performance advantages (unknown but probable because a TC forces a reduction in AF speed, at least on EF lenses), the main advantage I see is that these lenses with an internal TC also take an external TC with no loss of infinity focus.
Did you notice the slower AF with your 1D? With the 5D series, it was definitely slower.
 

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Did you notice the slower AF with your 1D? With the 5D series, it was definitely slower.
Not really, actually. I trust that it was, but slower than really fast is still pretty darn fast.
 
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As I noted in another thread, the bizarro off the charts pricing is probably a signal of price increases ahead. At least $1000 for the RF 400 and 600. Maybe more. Putting my money where my mouth is, I just arranged to buy one at what will soon be below market prices. These are inflation hedge assets.
 

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As I noted in another thread, the bizarro off the charts pricing is probably a signal of price increases ahead. At least $1000 for the RF 400 and 600. Maybe more. Putting my money where my mouth is, I just arranged to buy one at what will soon be below market prices. These are inflation hedge assets.
Good luck. I’ve had a 600/4 on order for about 3 months. Still waiting.
 

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Good luck. I’ve had a 600/4 on order for about 3 months. Still waiting.
Understood. I’d have ordered a 400 from BH if in stock but decided to get used for a $1000 discount. No sales tax either way.
 

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As I noted in another thread, the bizarro off the charts pricing is probably a signal of price increases ahead. At least $1000 for the RF 400 and 600. Maybe more. Putting my money where my mouth is, I just arranged to buy one at what will soon be below market prices. These are inflation hedge assets.
When they were first introduced the EF 800 f/5.6 IS was more expensive than the EF 600 f/4 IS.
A few revisions later the EF 600 f/4 caught up in price.
I could see the same thing happening again.
The $4K USD price increase over the EF 800 f/5.6 is tough to swallow.
 

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When they were first introduced the EF 800 f/5.6 IS was more expensive than the EF 600 f/4 IS.
A few revisions later the EF 600 f/4 caught up in price.
I could see the same thing happening again.
The $4K USD price increase over the EF 800 f/5.6 is tough to swallow.
I would have expected the EF 800 to RF 800 price increase to correspond to the 400 II to 400 iii increase due to proportional tech advancement.