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Is This the World's Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens?
Bryan at digital-picture.com just posted his impressions on the new Canon 200-400mm f/4L.

Here is an excerpt:
"You can cross bad image quality off of your list of potential reasons to not get the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens. Because this lens totally rocks in that regard. Image quality results from the 200-400mm f/4 L IS Lens are now available on the site. These are among the best results I've ever seen from a zoom lens - or from any lens."

Image quality results from a second Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM 1.4x Lens are now available on his site. The second lens' results are displayed as sample "3" and "4".

Pre-order the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4X. Priced at $11,799

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Jun 12, 2013 at 05:23 PM
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Wowzer!


Jun 12, 2013 at 05:26 PM
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Well, for $12,000. it better be the absolute best, I mean who would be willing to pay $12,000. for it if it was only average or questionable? Even as it is only a very small percentage of photographers out there are going to purchase this lens.


Jun 12, 2013 at 05:42 PM
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Wow, razor sharp across the frame through the whole range, even at f/4! The internal extender doesn't look particularly special though...


Jun 12, 2013 at 06:18 PM
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Access wrote:
Well, for $12,000. it better be the absolute best, I mean who would be willing to pay $12,000. for it if it was only average or questionable? Even as it is only a very small percentage of photographers out there are going to purchase this lens.



On that basis it must mean the ones they send over here to the UK are even sharper

Ours ar 12k which equates to $18.8k . Even taking into account the20% vat we pay thats still $15.7k



Jun 12, 2013 at 06:34 PM
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So that title did not last long on the 70-200 IS II


Jun 12, 2013 at 06:56 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
Here is an excerpt:
"You can cross bad image quality off of your list of potential reasons to not get the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4 L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens.


Well, gee, that still leaves one other reason. Can you guess? ;-)

Dan



Jun 12, 2013 at 06:57 PM
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gdanmitchell wrote:
Well, gee, that still leaves one other reason. Can you guess? ;-)

Dan


Hood not included?

When I look at the lens I don't see an excellent zoom of odd range; rather a 1Ds III, 100-400L, 70-200L II, 300 2.8L, 85 1.2L, and a decent car to haul them around in.



Jun 12, 2013 at 07:08 PM
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Looks like an external extender may do a better job than the integrated one. This surprises me. The bare lens gives the MkII primes a run for their money which is quite an achievement.


Jun 12, 2013 at 07:16 PM
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Very impressive image quality. The sharpness of this lens with the 1.4x on or even 1.4x x 1.4x is impressive. I expected the 1.4x internal to be better than and external 1.4x but they seem pretty even. But still impressive and the not having to screw the external on makes up for even.

Good job Canon.



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p.1 #11 · Is This the World`s Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens?


It's nice to look at, but I can only day dream. Even then I come back to reality rather fast.


Jun 12, 2013 at 07:56 PM
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I'm going to wait until the price drops to $11,300.


Jun 12, 2013 at 08:48 PM
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jcolwell wrote:
I'm going to wait until the price drops to $11,300.




Jun 12, 2013 at 08:53 PM
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Wow I'm going to order one right away! Wait. I can't even borrow that much money!


Jun 12, 2013 at 10:27 PM
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Access wrote:
Well, for $12,000. it better be the absolute best, I mean who would be willing to pay $12,000. for it if it was only average or questionable? Even as it is only a very small percentage of photographers out there are going to purchase this lens.


Exactomondo.

In breaking news the worlds most expensive zoom is the worlds best zoom, in other news the a bear took a shit in the woods today.



Jun 12, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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Gentlemen, it's supply and demand. If we somehow give Canon the perception that they need to increase supply and then later give the perception that demand is low, they would need to decrease the price. It's that simple. The other way is for everyone to buy one and return it. Then we have a ton of refurbs.


Jun 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM
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Nice to know. Now Canon is the manufacturer of the best 70-200 AND 200-400 IS lenses.
I just do not understand why they did not the same on the 24-70 4.0 IS. I do not think it is to "cheap" ...



Jun 12, 2013 at 10:58 PM
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p.1 #18 · Is This the World`s Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens?


One day that lens will be very affordable. Probably when modern lenses no longer use glass.


Jun 12, 2013 at 11:10 PM
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p.1 #19 · Is This the World`s Sharpest DSLR Zoom Lens?


I purchased a 500 F4 10 years ago. It is worth more today than when I purchased it new. Adjusting for inflation and cost of money, might have cost me a few hundred dollars to own the lens for 10 years. Less than renting for a week a year.

If the 200-400 holds its value just as well, why not



Jun 12, 2013 at 11:43 PM
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Pixel Perfect wrote:
in other news the a bear took a shit in the woods today.

How do you know? Were you photographing it or something?



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