New 100-400 in a few months?

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Re: Just curious
In reply to amd, Apr 4, 2013

amd wrote:

joger wrote:

Wyville wrote:

joger wrote:

birdbrain wrote:

I would love an upgraded 100-400 with tha latest version of the IS perhaps even Mode 3. Even if the optical performance wasn't that much better the improvement in IS would be the thing I want.

Panning prop planes at 1/250 or even slower shutter speeds you need all the help you can get. So I would definitely buy one.

Mode 3 is definitely THE most attractive single offering of the new II tele lenses to date beside the optical performance. I use it now exclusively and I can see this function as a welcome addition to new lens designs at Canon. I guess it is going to be implemented in all premium lenses from Canon with IS.


That said a 100-400 with improved optical design on the level of the 70-200 f/4.0 would be a very welcome addition to the Canon line up - the more I think of it the more I get attracted by the idea as a lightweight travel lens with real more reach.


Thank to you both for sharing your views. Very interesting.

I think a mode 3 would be great, but would Canon put such a feature on a lens like the 100-400L?

why not - if the 100-400 will get a premium price tag Canon has to justify that - and I am almost convinced that with the presence of mid range quality 70-300 L a high quality 100-400 L would get some extra features - otherwise the motivation to buy it might be very limited.

Walking in the shoes of the Canon marketing people it makes no sense to add some 100 mm and keep the optical quality and feature set of the 70-300 L. Who would buy it for double the price?

But if Canon would make a really good 100-400 mm f/4.x - f/5.6 IS lens the 400 f/5.6 might become obsolete and Canon could charge some 3.x k USD or so for the lens. Mode 3 IS would be one of the features that could justify such a price tag.


As an actual 70-300 L owner, I would immediately be in the market for a 100-400l that would match the performance of my 70-300l. This would be awesome! I'm sure I'm not the only one.

on a personal note: I think you are a great photographer, and understand your love for the 300 f/2.8 L IS. I don't get though why you keep hurting your credibility by this BS. I have not seen any credible evidence on your claimes... Keep shooting and stop your crusade.

I am thinking about what my next move should be - currently I own 70-200L/4.0 IS (as well 70-200L/2.8 IS II), 100-400L.   My choices are,

1) Sell 70-200L/4.0 IS (around $800 after eBay fee), and buy 70-300L at $1400 (bit less sometime) as latter is more useful for extra 100mm reach while I already have 70-200L/2.8 IS;

2) Sell 70-200L/4.0 IS, and exclusively use 70-200L/2.8 IS II (with 1.4x TC III if necessary).  I have not used F4.0 IS version much since I got F2.8 II version.  However if I need to walk around in cities entire day such as in Italy trip last year, F4.0 IS or 70-300L is a much practical choice;

3) Wait and see the new 100-400L.  If it's as sharp as 70-300L and noticeably lighter, then sell both 70-200L/4.0 IS and 100-400L and bite the bullet to get the new 100-400L around $3K.

Maybe I should sell 70-200L/4.0 IS first as at least in this year I don't have a plan to tour European cities and I will carry 70-200L/2.8 IS II in my Sept Africa trip (as I did in recent Cancun trip).  F2.8 IS version is lots more versatile and useful (with or without TCs) except weight/size.

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