New 80-400mm

Started Mar 5, 2013 | Discussions thread
Henrik Herranen Senior Member • Posts: 1,723
Re: New 80-400mm

Rich Rosen wrote:

Someone in this thread mentioned that the Canon 100-400 is about $1500. How is the Nikon $1200 more?

The Nikon is a 2013 lens. The Canon 100-400L was released in 1998, in other words 15 years ago. A lot has happened since then. The 100-400L is a nice lens, but its image stabilization is of the first generation and the lens could be a bit better in almost every way.

I don't really get why people are complaining that new lenses are more expensive than old ones. Of course it would be fun if they weren't, but this has, with some notable exceptions, pretty much always been the case. A year or two after the release, the price for the new lens will slowly start to go down. Then, in 10-15 years it will be "the good old affordable lens" when the next "outrageously expensive" update is released. By that time nobody will remember the original MSRP of the 2013 80-400.

If I was in Nikon land I'd be happy that you finally have a 80-400 that can auto focus with all Nikon DSLR's, and which has all the latest technological advancements. For those with Canon envy, be assured that the Canon 100-400 pump zoom is one of those with most frequent update requests. And when that lens some day (probably pretty soon) will be updated, rest assured that it will definitely notcost 1300€. And we'll have an exactly similar outcry in the Canon lens forum from people who think the new price is bloody murder.

Kind regards,
- Henrik

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