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    Default Canon 300 and 400mm f/2.8 IS II

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    Not sure how many this would interest, but was looking at Camerasdirect (Aussie company which ships from overseas - therefore grey market) and the new 300 and 400 lenses are now available: $8,999 for the 300 and $12,500 for the 400

    When they are actually released in Australia, we can probably expect those prices to be even higher. I knew they were going to be expensive, but wow, $9000 for a 300mm lens. Means we could probably expect the new 600 to be somewhere in the realm of 13,000-15,000. Those lenses hold their value quite well, so I wouldn't expect them to drop much in price either
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    Yep, might have to sell the car to get one

    Last I read production of the 2nd gen primes was delayed due to the tsunami in Japan, they were all due to be available around this time (May/June). That has been pushed out to December this year now.

    Slighty OT, but the new 500 L IS F/4 II is supposed to have a confirmed retail of 9499 USD.
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    I wonder what the difference in IQ would be compared to the current lenses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Young View Post
    I wonder what the difference in IQ would be compared to the current lenses?
    I'd imagine it would be more about size and weight, with marginal IQ improvements.

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    A 200 gram weight saving off the older 300 2.8 is negligable IMO, however a weight saving of 2.080 kilos off the new 600 compared to my lens which is the 600 f/4 pre IS is frigin outstanding....
    This would bring the new 600 well within reach of handholdability.... particulary for shooters like P.Randell and myself who would be used to the 6 kilo weight

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    I reckon there will be an improvement in IQ; by how much we are yet to know, but the MTF charts at least point to this, especially when used with the new Mark III teleconverters when compared to using the current big whites with Mark II converters. Not sure whether the increase in IQ would be worth the price premium, but when you factor in latest IS technology (should be 4-5 stops I would say), plus shedding a lot of the weight, then the premium is a bit more worthwhile - but not convinced it is worth a $3,000 - $4,000 premium for the 300 f/2.8 alone. As Mike has said, 200g is not all that much for the 300 - enough to be noticeable though I think.

    That 600 though sounds outstanding, but unless I win lotto, then that lens will remain very much out of reach! It will be only marginally heavier than my 500 f/4 which is handholdable, although one cannot hold it steady for very long. I still cannot get over $9000+ for the 300 though, I think Nikons 300 goes for not much over $7,000 although I have not looked at its current price.
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    Also minimum focus distance is much preffered down from 18ft to 14.8ft for the 600 this is really important as well across all of the lenses.
    When sitting in a hide or carhide or sometimes just out in the open birds will often wander inside the MFD which is pretty frustrating to say the least.
    I too would have to win lotto or wait 10 years and buy second hand but we can allways dream and get on with the job with the current gear we allready own.

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    THey'll come down in price eventually. I've got my eyes on the 300 II and the 500 II but nowhere near those prices. If I can get them for what I paid for my current 300 and 500, I'll be happy.

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    Have a look a digi direct, no stock yet but they have prices listed for the new lenses. $7355 for the new 300 and 11549 fr the 500. Sounds like a bit of profiteering on the part of the mob asking that price.

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