The downside of this lens is going to be the size, weight and $$$$. You can't make a f/4 long zoom without a lot of glass and steel (or magnesium or whatever they are using these days) so it will be big. I heard someone say the Nikon goes for around $7000 so that gives a ball park for the Canon, given it includes a teleconverter I wouldn't expect it to be less.
In my last blog post I mentioned that there were some rumours that canon would be replacing/updating the 100-400 soon. Well there were also some rumours that the new 70-300 IS would fill that gap and that they might go for something new for a new xxx-400 zoom. Looks like they went for something new!
Anyway, not long after that last blog I did end up buying a second hand Canon 100-400mm, and even with this announcement, I'm glad I did for a few reasons.
- I’m currently getting photos I couldn’t any other way and it was the best option at the time. (Just had a trip down to Tasmania)
- I won’t be able to afford the new 200-400mm for a very long time, and
- It’s a less expensive way to try wildlife photography and practice, practice, practice. Results are improving already!
|Pied Oyster catchers at Fortescue Bay, Tasmania (Canon 50D with Canon 100-400 IS)|