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Went to Focus at Imaging here in UK on Monday and they had the 200-400 on a Mk4 for any one to have a play with. I had a 5 min play and its brilliant! Any one else had a play with one? DO we have a release date for it yet cos the guy behind the desk said that Canon had no plans to release it yet.
I would certainly buy at 7000.00 UK. The 1.4 converter switch just works, no resistance to speak of a very sweet lens.



Mar 07, 2012 at 10:00 AM
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p.1 #2 · Canon 200-400 hands on


7000!!!

No release date has been announced; the 500 and 600 mk II still aren't out although supposed to be shipping in May.



Mar 07, 2012 at 10:30 AM
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OK... its frustrating as the lens I tried out felt like a finished product. Yes 7 grand does seem a lot but I have immediate and regular use for it and would swallow the price for the increased productivity it would give me. I photograph a lot of dressage at all levels and have gone through a Sigma 120-300 + 1.4 tc and now use a Canon 300 2.8 . The quality difference is marked plus I can shoot wide open in very low light and achieve focus. Cannot do that with the Sigma. So the 200-400 is the logical step especially with the 1Dx and the 5Dmk3 bodies.


Mar 07, 2012 at 10:42 AM
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p.1 #4 · Canon 200-400 hands on


Nice to hear that there was a finished product to look at. Hopefully it will be available soon. I'm guessing that it will be way over 7k though unfortunately


Mar 07, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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p.1 #5 · Canon 200-400 hands on


Price is supposed to be $11K US so 7000 seems about right


Mar 07, 2012 at 11:31 AM
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p.1 #6 · Canon 200-400 hands on


What I understand is, due to the Tsunami, floods in Thailand or whatever, Canon got behind in growing the fluorite for the UD elements. So, consequentially, they have had to adjust priorities, meaning the more popular lenses get the UD and the super lenses are going to have to wait in line.


Mar 07, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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I could send them so nice compost from my garden if that would help


Mar 07, 2012 at 12:19 PM
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p.1 #8 · Canon 200-400 hands on


grahamg wrote:
OK... its frustrating as the lens I tried out felt like a finished product. Yes 7 grand does seem a lot but I have immediate and regular use for it and would swallow the price for the increased productivity it would give me. I photograph a lot of dressage at all levels and have gone through a Sigma 120-300 + 1.4 tc and now use a Canon 300 2.8 . The quality difference is marked plus I can shoot wide open in very low light and achieve focus. Cannot do that with the Sigma. So the 200-400 is the logical
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It's been said that the 200-400 you tried at focus is one of only 2 in existance at the moment.
How true that is I don't know. But I bet canon are hopeing to get all the new goodies out to the relevant users by the Olympics.



Mar 07, 2012 at 12:29 PM
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John_T wrote:
What I understand is, due to the Tsunami, floods in Thailand or whatever, Canon got behind in growing the fluorite for the UD elements. So, consequentially, they have had to adjust priorities, meaning the more popular lenses get the UD and the super lenses are going to have to wait in line.


Not exactly. Canon defines UD elements as having extremely low dispersion (similar to ED in other brands), but not made from fluorite. The fluorite elements are listed separately from UD in the specifications.

EBH



Mar 07, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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John_T wrote:
What I understand is, due to the Tsunami, floods in Thailand or whatever, Canon got behind in growing the fluorite for the UD elements. So, consequentially, they have had to adjust priorities, meaning the more popular lenses get the UD and the super lenses are going to have to wait in line.


Not exactly. Canon defines UD elements as having extremely low dispersion (similar to ED in other brands), but not made from fluorite. The fluorite elements are listed separately from UD in the specifications.

EBH



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grahamg wrote:
Went to Focus at Imaging here in UK on Monday and they had the 200-400 on a Mk4 for any one to have a play with. I had a 5 min play and its brilliant! Any one else had a play with one? DO we have a release date for it yet cos the guy behind the desk said that Canon had no plans to release it yet.
I would certainly buy at 7000.00 UK. The 1.4 converter switch just works, no resistance to speak of a very sweet lens.


Yup, I had a play on Monday

http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1091798



Mar 07, 2012 at 01:14 PM
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p.1 #12 · Canon 200-400 hands on


Any further news on this Lens


Jul 01, 2012 at 11:39 PM
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Angry wrote:
Any further news on this Lens


I think they need to kick start a few dozen more reactors in Japan before they can produce this lens



Jul 01, 2012 at 11:44 PM
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p.1 #14 · Canon 200-400 hands on


Here is the 200-400 vs the 500:







and the 200-400 vs the 100-400:







Now you know why the 100-400 is so popular. It's the push-pull which makes it compact and light.



Jul 02, 2012 at 12:10 AM
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p.1 #15 · Canon 200-400 hands on


graham
How was the weight, I have heard 9.5 lb.
The comparison photo with the 500L II makes me wonder.


Edited on Jul 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM · View previous versions



Jul 02, 2012 at 12:38 AM
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p.1 #16 · Canon 200-400 hands on


Wow, looking at that picture I'd say we'll be lucky if 200-400 is more than 200-300g lighter than 500 and will be about the same price!

There will always be a place for a 100-400L just for compactness and portability let alone the factor of 7 price difference.



Jul 02, 2012 at 12:41 AM
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p.1 #17 · Canon 200-400 hands on


How does that compare in size with the Nikkor? I can easily handhold that 200-400/4 for relatively long periods compared to a 500/4 and I love the close focus. The Canon may be a ridiculously large lens.

EBH



Jul 02, 2012 at 01:40 AM
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p.1 #18 · Canon 200-400 hands on


Psychic1 wrote:
graham
How was the weight, I have heard 9.5 lb.
The comparison photo with the 500L II makes me wonder.


That would make the zoom almost as heavy as 800L......yeah, not the best selling feature.



Jul 02, 2012 at 02:47 AM
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p.1 #19 · Canon 200-400 hands on


Maybe the 1.4x TC is made from plutonium.

EBH



Jul 02, 2012 at 03:11 AM
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p.1 #20 · Canon 200-400 hands on


Stuart Harling (aka Bones74) had a chance to handle a prototype (?) a year ago ( see this thread from last August). In there he said that the zoom felt heavier than 400 f/2.8 IS MkII.
If the 200-400L weight is not reduced for the production units, then that will IMO become a significant drawback of that lens model. Zoom or not, why get a 400 f/4 lens which weighs as much, and is probably priced as highly, as the 400 f/2.8 IS MkII prime ? A built in 1.4xTC is a neat "novelty", but I can very quickly mount 1.4xTC or 2xTC on 400 f/2.8 IS MkII and thereby obtain a couple of very nicely performing options, i.e., 560mm f/4 and 800mm f/5.6 combos.



Jul 02, 2012 at 03:39 AM
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