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Well, perhaps that was meant as the UK/European price ?
If the lens were to be introduced in North America at $13k, then I do not see too many users in its future.
People are generally willing to pay steep premiums for a lens which is very "long" (e.g., 800L) or very fast (e.g. 400 f/2.8 IS II). Now, I am not sure how much demand there would be for a top $ lens which is neither very fast, nor very long, just because it's a zoom ?
I completely agree with you; steep prices should be reserved for "special" lenses. Lets not forget the built in extender, while exceeding convenient, turns it into a relatively slow 560mm f/5.6. Even the equivalent of $US13.5k (approx £9.5k) is a massive premium over the 500 ii and even steeper than the 400 ii. In fact, online a 600 ii can be bought for a shade under £10k.
There is nothing that a 200-400 f/4 could offer that makes it worth even much over £6.5k, unless that extender is made of unobtanium. I suspect that's not going to deter Canon though The Focusing on Imaging show (where I had a hands on with the lens last year) is on in about 6 weeks time, maybe there will be some news then. The new Sigma 120-300 OS may be available from March. Maybe I should just settle for that
Who knows how accurate this is so take with salt, slice of lemon and a shot of tequila