At Long Last… the Canon 200-400mm f/4 1.4x has been released
Firstly, sit down the suggested retail price will be a $12,399 CDN, but for avid wildlife photographers this lens is a must. Firstly announced in February 2011 I’m sure my local dealer can attest to my constant question “Have you heard anything yet?”. After over 2 years I’m excited to finally get my hands on this lens.
For me personally I sold a second Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 and my Canon 500mm f/4 in anticipation of this lens. Here is how I’ll do my wildlife shoots. One body will be dedicated to my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 along with my soon to arrive 200-400mm f/4 1.4x. This combination will give me an effective range from 70mm all the way to 560mm with the 1.4 built in teleconverter engaged. Yes I said 1.4 teleconverter engaged not installed. This single feature is what makes this lens so versatile. Imagine shooting wildlife moving towards you. You can be extended out at 560mm at an effective f/5.6 and slowly bring that zoom range into 200mm at f/4; then swap over to the 70-200mm f/2.8. SWEET!
I know of several wildlife photographers who have switched from Canon to Nikon for their 200-400mm f/4 lens alone. Now it seems Canon has upped the anti on this versatile wildlife lens.
This lens will not come with a hard case but one available from Canon at a staggering $600+ price tag to it (so I’ve come to understand). For me personally I can find another hard case and install bubble wrap inside if I really feel I need the hard case.
I’ll have a personal review of this lens once I get my hands on it!