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Old Feb 3, 2005, 7:53 PM   #1
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:? I'm about to break the bank for a Canon 100x400 lense but wonder if Canon has anything coming up soon that would make me wish I had waited. Anyone know if Canon has a better lense on the drawing board?
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Old Feb 3, 2005, 10:03 PM   #2
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go for it!!

its a wonderful lens and you won't be disappointed no matter what canon has on the drawing board..

i'm jealous, i wish i had a bank that big to break!!!!
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Old Feb 3, 2005, 10:45 PM   #3
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New versions of L lenses don't come out too often.

Sometimes a revised version of a lens comes out. But newer versions are not always better than their predecessors, in these days of cost reductions and finding ways to make the same thing cheaper. :?

IMHO: I'd prefer an older lens with a proven track record over a new one that is an unknown performer.

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Old Feb 4, 2005, 6:32 AM   #4
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Hey Golfer-

Buy it-use it and you will forget about "a-better-lens"

I've used mine for a year + it is VERY good !!
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Old Feb 4, 2005, 11:04 AM   #5
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Anything better would be 100-400F4 with IS or 400F4 prime with IS. Both will be expensive.
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Old Feb 4, 2005, 1:27 PM   #6
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Ya, but I sure which they'd come out with competion to the Nikon 200-400 F4 VR. I'd love the same for my Canon (and the same optical quality, the 100-400 is good, but it could be much better.)

Ya, its really expensive, but I'd buy it. For flight shots up close it would be great. Oh, but make sure its close focusing distance was... 5 feet or so. Then I could use it for dragon flies and such too.

Golfer, I don't know of anything, but Canon is good at keeping secrets. Get it and enjoy it. It's a fun lens.

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I couldn't wait so I went this way: http://www.sigmaphoto.com/lenses/len...74&navigator=3

... a 168-420mm f/4 with a 1.4xTC :lol: :-) :G
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Hard 80, Peter, Setiprime, Bobby, Eric, NHL; Thank you guys for your infor and help. Looks like you left me no excuses. Really tough on a guy.

NHL, that lense really looks like it could work well, I like the 2.8 apeture. What do you know about the lense? This looks like a good one, but for me is too close to my 70x200

Guys, I have the 1.4 tele and am thinking about the 2.0. Any opinions. I have seen some really good shots with that combination on the 100x400.

Eric, I have seen some of your shots with that lense and you appear to really have it down.


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Old Feb 4, 2005, 9:02 PM   #9
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NHL, that lense really looks like it could work well, I like the 2.8 apeture. What do you know about the lense? This looks like a good one, but for me is too close to my 70x200
I have this lens (like you, I have the 70-200 f/2.8 too), and like it a lot for several reasons:

1. It's an excellent 300mm f/2.8 for outdoor portrait/model shoots with amazing bokeh, and compare quite well with the 300 f/2.8 prime for 1/2 as much: http://www.shutterbug.net/test_repor...gma/index.html

2. With a 2x TC I can get the reach of a 600mm f/5.6 with no need to carry another 'hefty' lens: http://www.hoothollow.com/Tip-December%202003.html

-> ie 1 multi-purpose lens for outdoor shoots (and leave my 70-200 f/2.8 home)... of course if you want to stay only within the Canon brand then this lens is out, but that doesn't make it (or its brother) less of an excellent lens still! - http://www.photozone.de/2Equipment/easytxt.htm#Ztelel
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NHL thanks for the reply. You make some good points to ponder. I will follow up on these and use them to help me decide. They are good food for thought.

I like the Sigma line and know they make some good lenses. Couple reasons I was leaning to the 100x400 : 1. IS, it really works for me and I like it. 2. Quickest auto focus. 3. Not bad apeture for this lens. 4. Would beally love the Canon 500, but my ship hasen't come in yet.




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