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p.1 #1 · Canon 400mm II


Saved my pennies (being cheap in all dealings, no eating out, 12 year old car, etc.) and got my GREY MARKET
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM via UPS yesterday, WOW! I bought it from Adorama, and they sent USA! Don't know if that is normal or not? I am one happy camper, photos to follow within the next two weeks (soccer and softball).



Sep 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM
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NIce!! how much cheaper is the grey market version?


Sep 12, 2012 at 04:58 PM
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They've been busy. I received my 300 2.8 II yesterday as well (two days early!). I shoot mostly water-ski slalom and this focal length is ideal for that. Adorama had the 2XIII included at the same price as the bare lens, so I'll be trying out the 600mm focal length for those special subjects. Congrats on your new (USA) 400!


Sep 12, 2012 at 05:21 PM
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artsupreme wrote:
NIce!! how much cheaper is the grey market version?

$500.00, which as far as I can tell Canon honers the warranty in the states the same a USA ones..



Sep 12, 2012 at 05:58 PM
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Roger Ramjet wrote:
They've been busy. I received my 300 2.8 II yesterday as well (two days early!). I shoot mostly water-ski slalom and this focal length is ideal for that. Adorama had the 2XIII included at the same price as the bare lens, so I'll be trying out the 600mm focal length for those special subjects. Congrats on your new (USA) 400!

Looking forward to your 600mm shots in the sports section.



Sep 12, 2012 at 05:59 PM
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Ed Peters wrote:
$500.00, which as far as I can tell Canon honers the warranty in the states the same a USA ones..


Sweet, let me know how "hand holdable" you think it is after using it for a few days. I'm curious.



Sep 12, 2012 at 06:00 PM
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Roger Ramjet wrote:
They've been busy. I received my 300 2.8 II yesterday as well (two days early!). I shoot mostly water-ski slalom and this focal length is ideal for that. Adorama had the 2XIII included at the same price as the bare lens, so I'll be trying out the 600mm focal length for those special subjects. Congrats on your new (USA) 400!


Looking to get to 600mm with my 300/2.8L IS as well. (A used version I is all I can afford.) Congrats on us all for having the lenses.



Sep 12, 2012 at 07:27 PM
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Roger Ramjet wrote:
Adorama had the 2XIII included at the same price as the bare lens


Wow. Free 2xIII? Awesome.



Sep 12, 2012 at 07:32 PM
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Fast6 wrote:
Wow. Free 2xIII? Awesome.


Camera Canada has currently the following separate prices on Canon USA/Canada versions of 300 f/2.8 IS MkII + 2xTC MkIII:

Lens: $6,598
TC: $490
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Total: $7,088 which is about $160 less than the Adorama's deal.

Looks to me that they are starting to offer deals and price breaks now on 300 f/2.8 IS MkII because after the initial mini rush, I understand the demand for the lens at the current price is scant to non-existent in Canada.



Sep 12, 2012 at 08:30 PM
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Understandable considering one of the draws to upgrading to the Series 2 super teles was the weight difference. The 1st and 2nd 300/2.8 IS only differ by 200g for $2,420 more.

PetKal wrote:
Camera Canada has currently the following separate prices on Canon USA/Canada versions of 300 f/2.8 IS MkII + 2xTC MkIII:

Lens: $6,598
TC: $490
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Total: $7,088 which is about $160 less than the Adorama's deal.

Looks to me that they are starting to offer deals and price breaks now on 300 f/2.8 IS MkII because after the initial mini rush, I understand the demand for the lens at the current price is scant to non-existent in Canada.




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p.1 #11 · Canon 400mm II


Let's see some unboxing pics!


Sep 12, 2012 at 09:19 PM
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dolina wrote:
Understandable considering one of the draws to upgrading to the Series 2 super teles was the weight difference. The 1st and 2nd 300/2.8 IS only differ by 200g for $2,420 more.



That I tend to agree with. Clearly, there are several other minor improvements, and 4 stop IS may be considered a major one, depending on each individual's circumstances, however, that is still lottsa money for 300mm f/2.8 lens. Come to think of it, that kind of money can buy a (LN) 500 f/4 IS MkI, (LN) 400 f/2.8 IS MkI and even (LN) 600 f/4 IS MkI.

However, if 300 f/2.8 IS MkII works with 2xTC MkIII as well as 400 f/2.8 IS MkII does, then that might become the lightest high grade 600mm combo yet, thereby sweetening the deal considerably.



Sep 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
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PetKal wrote:
Camera Canada has currently the following separate prices on Canon USA/Canada versions of 300 f/2.8 IS MkII + 2xTC MkIII:

Lens: $6,598
TC: $490
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Total: $7,088 which is about $160 less than the Adorama's deal.

Looks to me that they are starting to offer deals and price breaks now on 300 f/2.8 IS MkII because after the initial mini rush, I understand the demand for the lens at the current price is scant to non-existent in Canada.


As they say they are Loony prices, so not surprised they aren't flying off the shelf. That's nearly $2K more than I paid for my brand new 500 f/4L in 2008.



Sep 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
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That is true but they are often overlooked unless you delve in deeper.

I think sales will pick up partially once camera bodies push the resolving power of series 1 lenses and more new customers for the 300 come around to picking one up.

I hope the 600 II will be as cheap as its predecessor in a year's time.

PetKal wrote:
That I tend to agree with. Clearly, there are several other minor improvements, and 4 stop IS may be considered a major one, depending on each individual's circumstances, however, that is still lottsa money for 300mm f/2.8 lens. Come to think of it, that kind of money can buy a (LN) 500 f/4 IS MkI, (LN) 400 f/2.8 IS MkI and even (LN) 600 f/4 IS MkI.

However, if 300 f/2.8 IS MkII works with 2xTC MkIII as well as 400 f/2.8 IS MkII does, then that might become the lightest high grade 600mm combo yet, thereby sweetening the deal considerably.




Sep 13, 2012 at 12:58 AM
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dolina wrote:
I hope the 600 II will be as cheap as its predecessor in a year's time.



The last MkI price B&H had was about $9,000, just before they were discontinued..



Sep 13, 2012 at 01:18 AM
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PetKal wrote:
The last MkI price B&H had was about $9,000, just before they were discontinued..


Now that's a price I am hoping for.



Sep 13, 2012 at 04:01 AM
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Ed Peters wrote:
......got my GREY MARKET
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM via UPS yesterday, WOW! I bought it from Adorama, and they sent USA! Don't know if that is normal or not? .
Yes; if we have no GM in stock then that's what we do..... good deal, eh?!



Sep 13, 2012 at 09:43 AM
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artsupreme wrote:
Sweet, let me know how "hand holdable" you think it is after using it for a few days. I'm curious.


I would too but it's far out of my budget




Sep 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM
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I just received my 300mm II and 2xIII combo this morning. It's pretty amazing. For me, the kicker with going for the vII instead of a used vI was the updated IS. I expect the two extra stops to come in very handy for panning at airshows.


Sep 13, 2012 at 08:09 PM
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Congrats! My 300 was shipped along with the 2XIII on Monday. The 300 showed on Tuesday (thanks Adorama)! The 2XIII was here today, but alas I was not. I'll be here tomorrow...

Unboxing if anyone is interested: 300mm f/2.8 II IS Unbox



Sep 13, 2012 at 10:17 PM
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