What to expect from just announced DA 550/5.6?

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What to expect from just announced DA 550/5.6?
Feb 3, 2012

I was on heavy artillery crazy buying spree last year: DA*60-250; FA*300; Sigma 100-300/4; Tamron 400/4; Sigma 400/5.6 TeleMacro; and a bunch of 1.4X TCs to chose the best one. They all have their pluses and minuses and I'm still looking for the best long telephoto solution for me.

A few times I've been tempted and distracted by Sigma 500/4.5, but every time I stopped at the last moment: it's too big and heavy for me.

Now the DA 550/5.6 have appeared on my horizon. It is not "star" level lens though. What quality level it could be? Any thoughts?

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