As befits its price, the supertelephoto lens delivers superb optical quality on top of an unusually flexible design. Here's a look at some of what it offers.
In development for over two years, the Canon 200-400mm f/4 lens is finally shipping to Australian photographers.
At $11,799, the flexible supertelephoto lens remains out of reach of all but the wealthiest photographers. Some pros shooting sports and wildlife are bound to pay up, though.
You get you what you pay for with the Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X: superlative performance and flexibility.
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A mammoth pro lens with a built-in 1.4x focal-length extender is set for a 2012 debut, but Canon isn't promising anything yet.
At Photokina, Canon showed a prototype of a 200-400mm lens with a built-in 1.4x extender. The lens could ship as soon as this year.
A built-in 1.4x extender pushes Canon's forthcoming 200-400mm zoom to a maximum of 560mm. Also: higher prices but lower weights for new 500mm and 600mm supertelephotos.
If you need a high-quality, professional-grade supertelephoto lens with a constant aperture and image stabilization, which isn't too big and heavy to be maneuverable out in the field, the Nikon AF-S 200-400mm f4G ED VRII lens offers it all.
A new 400mm supertele is just the beginning. Canon also says it plans a replacement for its 100-400mm zoom and new compact models using diffractive optics.
Pros and enthusiasts in the US can rejoice that many of Canon's SLR lenses are a notch less pricey now. Better exchange rates might deserve some of the credit.