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| p.3 #8 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released! |
When you think about it, using this beast at the short end—200mm, f/4.0, $$$$$, 8 lbs.—is going to set some kind of record for equipment overkill. That raises two questions. First, are people using this lens really going to be shooting just one camera and just this lens? Or are they going to have another body and a 70-200 handy? Second, if they are going to be using something else besides, could this lens have been made smaller, lighter, and less expensive by designing it under that assumption, and not dropping the zoom range all the way to 200mm? Or...Show more →
Nikon's equivalent lens seems to be popular.
Think of it as a 400mm lens that you can zoom out if you need to. As Canon's press material says, you can change focal length without exposing the camera to dust (like if you're on safari). And it's functionally a 200-500 f/4-5.6 variable aperture zoom (not marketed as such because there is a stigma to variable aperture).
Personally if I could have one new Canon lens not to exceed $11,799 I'd take the 500/4 fixed.