I finally own the Canon EF 50mm f/1.0L lens. It’s a lens I have wanted for a long time, but I had a hard time justifying the investment required to own a lens that is less than perfect. It’s not the sharpest, it doesn’t autofocus all that quickly and Canon no longer services it, yet I still wanted to own one because it’s so unique and produces a wonderful image in the right circumstances.
This lens was introduced in 1989 and has since gone up significantly in value. You can see these lens retail for more than $4000 on the used market.
Description “An ultra-fast standard lens with the largest aperture for SLR lenses in the world at the time. Two large-diameter ground and polished glass aspherical lens elements (3rd & 8th) provide high-contrast with low-flare image quality even at maximum aperture. Curvature of field is minimized through use of four high-refraction glass elements. Spherical aberration and curvature of field at close focusing distance are minimized by floating mechanism. A ring USM (Ultrasonic Motor) achieves silent, high-speed AF and full-time manual focusing.” Read more at the Canon Museum
This is a lens that still gets talked about a lot. Likely because it’s so unique and there’s something about that nice and clean f/1.0 number and the dreamy bokeh it produces. I am going to try and do a review of the lens for fun, but it will require me actually getting good images with it. No brick walls or cats (I don’t have cat)!
We’ve received confirmation that the camera that has appeared in a recent Canon leak is indeed the next Rebel and we should see the announcement sometime before CP+ in February. No specifications for the camera were given.
We’ve also received confirmation that select retailers have been told about the EF 11-24 f/4L and that the price tag is in the area of $3000 USD ($2899 in USA, $3099 in Canada was mentioned), something we reported a long time ago. We weren’t given an announcement date for this lens, but we shouldn’t be waiting too much longer.
Yes, at this price, the lens must have remarkable optical performance.
The brand new and highly anticipated Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II will begin shipping on Friday, December 12, 2014 from various USA retailers. We expect to see a few start shipping a bit earlier in Asia. We’re told initial stock levels are going to be quite high to match the preorder numbers. B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon all ship preorders on a first come, first serve basis. We’ve heard reports of sites claiming their preorders get front of the line treatment from the big retailers, which simply isn’t true.
The Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS II is also scheduled to start shipping on Friday, December 12, 2014 from US retailers. We don’t know how many of these are going to be out there or how long preorder lists currently are.