Archive for the ‘Canon Lenses’ Category
Something in an L?
We’re told that there are tentative plans for a lens announcement sometime in late September and it would be a “big deal”.
No mention of what lens, and Canon doesn’t hold press events just for lenses.
We’re trying to find out more, as this came from a first time source. I expect the usual suspects will be talked about.
The Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM Telephoto Zoom Lens is a long-reaching zoom lens that provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 88-400mm, covering portrait-length to telephoto perspectives to suit working with distant subject matter. Greatly benefitting this lens’ reach is the incorporation of image stabilization, which works to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 shutter speed steps to support handheld use in low-light conditions.
An STM stepping focus motor is also integrated into the lens’ design to provide smooth, quiet, and fast focusing performance that is ideally-suited to video applications as well as tracking moving subjects. The rear focusing system, high-speed CPU, and an enhanced AF algorithm also contribute to quickened overall AF speeds. Full-time manual focus is also supported to permit fine-tuning of focus even while working in AF modes. Additionally, the front lens section does not rotate during focusing to better facilitate the use of polarizing filters.
The optical construction of the lens employs one ultra-low dispersion glass element to help reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion throughout the zoom range while also enhancing contrast and clarity. Optimized lens coatings have also been applied to ensure color fidelity by countering the effects of lens flare and ghosting.
Long-reaching zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length of 88-400mm, covering portrait-length to telephoto perspectives.
Optical image stabilization helps to minimize the appearance of camera shake by up to 3.5 shutter speed steps to benefit shooting handheld in dim lighting and with greater zoom magnifications.
The STM stepping focus motor produces near-silent, smooth, and quick autofocus performance that is well-suited to video applications.
One ultra-low dispersion element helps to reduce chromatic aberrations and distortion while also contributing to greater image sharpness, contrast, and clarity.
Enhanced lens coatings minimize flare and ghosting in order to produce true colors with maintained contrast.
A minimum focusing distance of 2.8′ throughout the zoom range and a maximum magnification of 0.29x at the telephoto end enables working with close-up subject matter.
A seven-blade circular aperture helps to produce an aesthetic out-of-focus quality to benefit selective focus and shallow depth of field imagery.
Not too exciting….
Canon will announce an update to the EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS by adding STM and some optical upgrades.
The next tilt-shift
We’re told to “not be surprised if the TS-E 90mm replacement has a longer focal length than 90mm”.
We’ve heard this once before, and it’s entirely possible. Though no one has said what exactly the focal length would be. We’ve also heard that it will get the “L” treatment on numerous occasions.
The long awaited replacement….
We’re told production for the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be “coming to an end soon”. Production for the replacement will begin sometime in late 2013 or early 2014.
Canon’s lens production has had its share of issues in the last few years with the new super-telephotos and to some extent the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. We’re told until the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x production reaches demand, Canon will not be producing the replacement to the long-in-the-tooth EF 100-400. All issues are apparently going to be resolved sometime this fall.
An announcement and release may depend on how fast Canon can sell off existing stock of the 100-400.
More magic from Sigma coming?
The last year or two from Sigma has been a pretty good one. A lot of highly regarded lenses have been released that come in at pretty great prices compared to the competitors.
We’re told Sigma is working on a 24-70 f/2 OS HSM for full frame cameras. We’re told they want to give a full frame zoom option faster than f/2.8 that rivals the APS-C 18-35 f/1.8 DC HSM. There was no word on what pricing would be, but it would definitely come in under the Canon EF 24-74 f/2.8L II.
We’re told this could be a Photokina 2014 lens. Next year is going to be a big one for Canon & Sigma by all indications.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 IS
A patent has show up showcasing an EF 50 f/1.8 IS lens. Could this be the replacement to the 50 f/1.4? We had heard about this lens existing last year. While some may desire a direct 1.4 replacement with IS, I think Canon may want some separation between the EF 50 f/1.2L and the next 50 in the lineup. We’ve also heard of a new EF 50 f/1.2L design being tested.
Patent Publication No. 2013-142782
- Publication date 2013.7.22
- Filing date 2012.1.11
- Focal length f = 51.51mm
- Fno. 1.85
- Half angle ω = 22.78 °
- Image height 21.64mm
- The overall length of the lens 76.78mm
- BF 37.84mm
- 8 pieces of 7 lens configuration
A lens I’ll actually buy is apparently not coming to the USA market.
If it’s not coming to Canon USA, I can’t see it coming to Canada either. The lens does appear on the Canon Canada site, I missed that at first check (Thanks David).
From Canon USA
“Thank you for your inquiry regarding the EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens. We can certainly understand the confusion surrounding this release! Unfortunately, this specific lens will not be sold or serviced by Canon USA. “
This would be a first as far as I can remember.
Replacements to for the TS-E 45 and TS-90 are coming in 2014 we’re told. They may be announced in 2013, but definitely won’t be shipping before the years end.
At least two more EF lenses will be announced in 2013 and should ship in limited quantities before the year is out. We weren’t privy to which lenses would be coming at this time. I would expect at least one prime and one zoom.
More to come…
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A new 35L
We haven’t heard anything in regards to a replacement for the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L lens in a long time, however this weekend it was mentioned that the EF 35 f/1.4L II is in fact in testing. There is no imminent announcement date, and it may be held until a new full frame camera is ready to go in 2014.
We’ve talked about this lens a lot in the past and it has been rumoured to be replaced since the EF 24 f/1.4L II was announced. We also know that patents do exist for the optical formula.
Sigma’s 35mm f/1.4 DG seems to be taking a lot of sales from the current Canon equivalent, here’s hoping that forces Canon’s hand on getting a replacement ready.