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Old Feb 7, 2011, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default EF 200-400L F4, pretty impressive.

I might actually by a L now. This thing is pretty darn impressive with the built in TC. I wonder what the going price will be.

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1102/11...on200400mm.asp
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Old Feb 7, 2011, 8:35 AM   #2
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My guess is it would be around 4500 USD(Least). May be 5000 USD.

My better bet would be get a olympus E-5 and a sigma 120-300(If they every produce one for Olympus) and get a 2X extension. All for the budget of the 200-400 while getting the words fastest 600mm and the worlds longest FL shortest 1200mm lens. But thats me
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Old Feb 7, 2011, 9:00 AM   #3
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Since the nikon 200-400 sells for $6,800 there is nothing in the recent track record of lens pricing that suggests canon woul offer the lens at a lower price. Since they're throwing in the built in TC I expect the price will be $7,000 plus. The price tag on the nikon isn't an issue for the shooters in that camp. But don't get your hopes up that this will be a $4000-5000 lens.
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My guess is it would be around 4500 USD(Least). May be 5000 USD.

My better bet would be get a olympus E-5 and a sigma 120-300(If they every produce one for Olympus) and get a 2X extension. All for the budget of the 200-400 while getting the words fastest 600mm and the worlds longest FL shortest 1200mm lens. But thats me

Olympus' 90-250mm f2.8 SHG lens with an EC-20 Teleconverter mounted to an Olympus E-5 would be my choice for a cost effective alternative. Cost for the entire kit is 7,000.00USD

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Old Feb 7, 2011, 9:37 PM   #5
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What's wrong with the Bigma (now with OS too)?
50-500mm f/6.3. F/6.3 is only a 1/3 stop away from f/5.6 not that anyone notice...
You'll need to stop the lens down for any DOF anyway, but a significant saving in $$$ though

-> Cost even less on an E5 if Sigma decided to release a new version
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@NHL. I am absolutely sure you would pick an E5 if sigma releases the 120-300 F2.8. Its the fastest 600mm and with 1.4x convertor it gets you a F4 840mm lens.

I am selling my 500 F4 and mark III for a specific reason. Getting a 5D mark II set up since i have stopped shooting wildlife. In the future i will only take the Olympus route for wildlife knowing the E-5 is far more capable now. Only hope is that Sigma releases a 120-300 or 50-500 for olympus. This way i will have a set up cheaper than a 300mmF2.8 and yet enjoy the 1000mm range for wildlife. The size of the set up must be slightly smaller than the 500mm HOOD alone
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I wouldn't get your hopes up regarding Sigma offering more lenses for Oly given Oly's lack of commitment to 4/3 mount. And I just don't see a lot of m4/3 users strapping a Bigma on - some few yes, but probably not a lot. The E5 looks like a great camera, but with no commitment for further 4/3 body development from Oly I don't see sigma making an investment for making the larger lenses in Oly mount.
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I think it's a tremendous innovation. Well done Canon!

Not that I could ever see myself buying one. Unless I develop a sudden interest in wildlife or something.
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@NHL. I am absolutely sure you would pick an E5 if sigma releases the 120-300 F2.8. Its the fastest 600mm and with 1.4x convertor it gets you a F4 840mm lens.

I am selling my 500 F4 and mark III for a specific reason. Getting a 5D mark II set up since i have stopped shooting wildlife. In the future i will only take the Olympus route for wildlife knowing the E-5 is far more capable now. Only hope is that Sigma releases a 120-300 or 50-500 for olympus. This way i will have a set up cheaper than a 300mmF2.8 and yet enjoy the 1000mm range for wildlife. The size of the set up must be slightly smaller than the 500mm HOOD alone
Well - Just keep our finger crossed: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/120-3...apo-hsm-sigma1

I think I'll get this - A fantastic lens made even better: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/shop/150mm...po-macro-sigma
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Sigma announced pricing and availability. Not surprising the prices are pretty high. Especially on the 120-300 they'll really have to improve on some things to make the price worthwhile (like the fact on the current version it's actually around 280mm and not nearly as sharp as the canon / nikon primes. That was easy to overlook when the lens used to sell for 1/2 the price of the canon/nikons. Here's the excerpt from the press release:
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The Sigma APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM and APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM were first introduced at Photokina in September 2010. Those lenses will be available for purchase in late February and the end of March for the U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $4,700 and $1,600, respectively. In April, they will be joined by a weather-resistant update to another old favorite, the 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 II DG HSM, for the U.S. MSRP of $1,400. All lenses will be released in Nikon and Canon mounts first, and will be available in Sigma, Pentax and Sony mounts shortly thereafter.
So not surprising, it looks like Oly is not in the plans. BUT, pentax users should be jumping with joy since they haven't had the old version in some time.
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