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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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.
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.