New 100-400 in a few months?

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Jim4496
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Re: Just curious
In reply to Steve Balcombe, Apr 2, 2013

Steve Balcombe wrote:

Wyville wrote:

Oh, nothing wrong with that! I simply doubt it would make much business sense to release a new version (at probably twice the price) of a lens that a lot of people are happy with using. It's not like the 400/5.6 where current users would be happy to upgrade to a version with IS

Actually I think the opposite could be true. The 100-400 has room for improvement in several key areas - image quality (which is good but the latest lenses are better), handling (get rid of the push-pull zoom) and current generation 4-stop IS.

Whereas the 400/5.6 has features which make it perfect for a small group of people, mainly BIF shooters of course, who want a lightweight lens with no IS. I'm not sure the 400/5.6 could be improved without taking away its unique appeal.

Canon has shown that it can improve on any of its telephoto lenses when it wants to.  I thinlk they could improve the IQ of the 400mm f5.6L.  They have 20 years more experience than when they last designed it.  As i said the big problem is that a redesigned lense is going to cost at least  twice as much as the current lense  and the IQ isn't going to be twice good.

What canon needs is a lens that fills the big price gap between the 400mm f5.6L at $1200 and the 300mm f2.8L IS USM II at $6500. Something like a 400mm f4 or a 500mm F5.6

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