New 100-400 in a few months?

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Just curious
In reply to Steve Balcombe, Apr 3, 2013

Steve Balcombe wrote:

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.

I didn't mean that it can't be improved at all, but rather if it can be improved to, for consumers, warrant a pricetag almost double that of the current lens.

Say the 100-400L becomes a twist-zoom lens and gets the image quality and IS of the 70-300L. That would make it a great lens. Would I trade in my current 100-400L paying an extra €1,200-1,500? No. Not worth it for me. Would I buy one if I didn't have my 100-400L? Yes.

For BiF. If I had the current 400/5.6L and Canon came out with a 400/5.6L IS for double the price, would I trade in? Yes. IS can be turned off, but it can't be turned on when it's not there.

For me, and that's entirely personal, I see more sense in Canon updating the 400/5.6L that the 100-400L because there are practical improvements to be gained that make the 400/5.6L more versatile. But I would even be tempted to trade in my 100-400L for a new 400 prime and later buy the 70-300L for a zoom.

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