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| p.5 #14 · Official: Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X released! |
Agreed. I can't imagine anyone putting down $12k of their own funds for this lens that isn't independently wealthy. If this were f2.8, well, maybe. But it ain't.
Or write it off as a business expense.
I think a lot of you are just frustrated/bummed that the price is so high. But I don't know why you all are so shocked about it. You have a constant f/4 aperture lens that gives you that f stop value at 200, 201, 202, 203, 204...397, 398, 399, and 400mm. Plus the built in converter. Plus the ability to add your own extender. Plus it is weather sealed, has 3 different IS modes, and is apparently optically VERY good, right on par with the other super tele's.
The 500 II is $10,400, and that's "just" a prime lens. With the 200-400 you get a huge range of versatility as mentioned previously, prime-like IQ, with all the benefits that come with that big red ring on the barrel.
Plus, remember the original EF 500mm f/4 L IS ended up selling brand new for nowhere near what it was selling for at launch..