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the perfect zoo lens

Discussion in 'Animal Photography' started by Arizona Docent, 8 Nov 2014.

  1. Arizona Docent

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    Minimum focusing distance of only 0.98 metres! Wow!

    And by using the rotational zoom they can dust and weather seal it.

    Any rumours about the price?

    :p

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    Umm... the rotational zoom is a huge step up, but it's a shame it's not a bit faster, f5.6 at the long end is troublesome when the light isn't great.
     
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    Faster would be great, but that is just not possible without making the lens a lot larger and heavier (and, if you look at the 200-400, MUCH more expensive). A lens over 1,5 kg is useless for me, which is the reason why the new 150-600 lenses from Sigma and Tamron are no options. I am very glad that Canon keeps the 100-400 compact enough for backpacking/hiking.
     
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    The perfect zoo lens? There's no such animal ;)

    Alan

    PS . . . and another thing, where is the perfect zoo to use it at? :D
     
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    That's expensive, but obnly a few hundred more than the current model. Is this the one with the built in 1.4X teleconverter?

    :p

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    No. The one with the built in extender is a constant f4 and lists for just under twelve thousand US dollars.
    Canon U.S.A. : Consumer & Home Office : EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X

    So in comparison this new one is small and cheap. To low wage workers like me, over two thousand dollars for a camera lens is not cheap. But it is funny when you read the photo forums about how everyone is so happy that it is so cheap. Either they are comparing it to the one above or they have much better paying jobs than I do. I suspect both are true, although the latter is not hard to achieve.
     
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    Let's see how sharp it is before we get too carried away!
     
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    I'll be buying one.
     
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    If it's anything like the 70-300L and it's obviously based on the same design then it will be sharp, very sharp, and fast.

    It plus a 7D Mk2 is as good a zoo lens combo as you're likely to get. Can't wait.
     
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    I think many people will compare this lens with, say, very good Sony 70-400, and Canon hardly wants to lose before fight.
     
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    Based on their recent track record with L lenses, I guarantee it is going to be very sharp. If I had the money, I would pre-order one today. (I don't have the money, though, so I will have to wait until next year).
     
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    That's not entirely true. If the lens is good, then a better combo would be to put it on a 5D Mk3 or a 1Dx.
     
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    The extra reach of crop bodies makes the 7D/2 a preferable body, imho.
     
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    I'm working 24 hours overtime over the next four days, so I might actually own one very soon!

    :p

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    While the crop does give an artificial zoom, the 5D Mk.III has a higher resolution count, so that evens things out a little. The biggest difference in practice will be the limited depth-of-field from the 7D's crop, which can be very useful in a zoo environment.
     
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    I love my 100-400 L, the mark 2 promises an improvement and I'm sure it will deliver.

    All I would add to mine to make it the perfect zoo lens is closer focussing (done) and the latest standard of IS (done - with added mode 3 for action photography).

    My only disappointment is the loss of push-pull zooming. Its great to be able to zoom without altering your stance with an awkward wrist twist. I don't buy this 'dust pump' thing either. The elements and air still have to move regardless of the user interface.

    As for the price, I'm sure it will drop a little once the preorders are fulfilled, but the mark one didn't drop much throughout its life. L series lenses retain a lot of value and have a long life, so taking their superior quality into account aren't really bad value at all.

    Probably the nearest thing to a perfect zoo lens I'm sure. If anyone out there is going for one, I'm looking forward to seeing how it performs.