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Pixel Perfect wrote:
Canon stated the 800L was their best lens when released, although the mk II have surpassed it. They said it was optically superior to the 600 mk I.
I believe they will do a mk II within a few years, but expect another massive price hike, to well over $15K.
Upon its release, Canon also said 1DMkIII was their best focussing camera ever.
It would not surprise me at all if 800L MkII price catches up to Nikkor 800.
Now, get a hold of this: Nikkor 800 is 100 g heavier than 800L. One reason for sure is that they've got 20 elements in their 800, while 800L has "merely" 14. Now, Nikon also couldn't drop the front objective protective meniscus as a weight saving measure, because the first optical element is made of delicate fluorite.
In addition, Nikkor 800 has not improved on the 800L MFD, they are basically identical.