New 100-400 in a few months?

Started Mar 29, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Steve Balcombe Forum Pro • Posts: 11,792
Re: Just curious

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.

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