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| p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · If Canon 200-400mm had it in two versions? |
When the initial release of information about the 200-400 occurred, Canon did say that it would not accept a Canon converter, and that the opening at the rear was to small to allow one to be attached. This is similar to the Canon 2X III extender, which also will not allow a Canon extender to be mounted on its back. So unless there was a further late change to the design, no Canon extender. Non Canon extenders may function, but I doubt I will bother trying that. Remember that the optical design of the Canon super telephotos is planned in advance to work well with Canon extenders, but the included built in 1.4 extender in the 200-400 likely prevents the design from working well with an external extender.
Having a zoom is the key feature of this lens, and the built in fast change extender takes the zoom to another whole level. I own a very nice Canon 300 f 2.8 L IS lens, and some very nice Canon extenders, but they can not do what I need for the active shooting environment I am usually in. So in spite of the very high cost, I will follow through on my long term desire for a 200 to 400, and own this lens when it is first released. My local dealer was kind enough to take a pre order way back when Canon first mentioned it, so I am for sure number one on their list.
If the cost comes out around $11,000, it will actually be about right compared to the price of the other Canon version II super telephoto lenses that have come out over the past few years. And as far as considering Nikon, I am way too old to change. I first drank the Canon Kool-Aid over 40 years ago, and am very happy with my choice, especially in the last 20 years where Canon has been the leader in image stabilization and autofocus and full frame sensors, as well as other camera technologies. I still own one of my original Canon F-1 bodies, and have made the long journey to my current Canon 1DX. Thank you Canon for providing the tools I need to take photos.