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| p.1 #14 · Canon 200-400+TC probable release!!!!.... perhaps by mid-2014 :D |
Canon probably has a too-large stockpile of super-tele prime lens inventory they're trying to clear out before releasing the 200-400, since it will undermine prime lens sales considerably and result in a glut of used primes on the market...
I don't think this will dry up super-tele prime sales very much. I could be wrong, but I doubt it. In fact, if anything, maybe they are waiting for the super-tele primes inventory to go down BUT only because they want them scarce so they don't take away too many sales from the 200-400 . More seriously I see a place for both but I think the super-tele will remain strong (well given the $$$$$ and size, nothing that $$$$ and size ever sells like Rebels or anything) and only dip a little because of the 200-400. I think there will be some who will prefer the 200-400 option, but plenty who prefer the prime +TCs+ 70-200 option (you can get a second body+70-200 2.8 IS II for less than the 200-400 may cost, and it makes you either more or less flexible depending, some of the really serious big time sports shooters will probably have a stocked kit with big prime or two and 70-200 and 200-400).