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| p.3 #7 · Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x TC Video Review |
Baking scales: It depends. The digital one I have here tops out at 2kg. I suppose one could disassemble the lens... Since it's a prototype, it'll be junked by Canon eventually anyway.
Certainly the price seems high, but some people seem to be missing the point that for many pros that just want to use one lens that will cover 200-560mm, it will be cheaper than buying two or three lenses. There is also the fact that they would not have to change lenses or TC's. That is a big plus when time is of the essence in capturing the shot when needing to change focal-lengths quickly.
Exactly. It will also mean I can remove 3 prime lenses from my inventory and about $25K in replacement cost coverage from my insurance schedule. If I was to replace either the 400 or 600 with the current version I'd be spending around $10K anyway. The flexibility of the zoom for what I cover is attractive. The built-in TC even more so, especially for inclement weather (combined with dual 64GB or 128GB CF cards and I never need to open up the rain cover, other than maybe the battery). I expect I'd probably use this lens mostly at 400mm, so it also needs to compare to the 400/2.8 IS versions for IQ.
Roland W wrote:
The early information about the Canon 200-400 did specifically talk about it NOT accepting the Canon extenders, so perhaps part of the delay and "adjustments" to the design included a change to allow the extenders. I am very happy that it seems we will be able to use Canon extenders, and this reviewer was reasonably pleased when using even the Canon 2X.
I agree this will add some welcome flexibility. IIRC, rumors about the production delay focused on teleconverter issues, which everyone assumed to be the built-in teleconverter. Perhaps there was a 'loss in translation' which originally meant delay due to teleconverter compatibility, since the external design of the TC hump doesn't seem to have changed at all, or other cosmetic aspects.