Archive for the ‘Canon Lenses’ Category

New Lens Announcement Tonight [CR3]

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.

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TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Replacement Info [CR1]

TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Replacement Info [CR1]

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.

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Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Update [CR2]

Canon EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS Update [CR2]

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.

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Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]

Sigma 24-70 f/2 OS HSM Coming? [CR1]

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.

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Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS

Patent: Canon EF 50 f/1.8 IS

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

Example 1

  • 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

Source: [EG]

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EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to the USA

EF-M 11-22 f/4-5.6 IS STM Not Coming to the USA

Say what?
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.

Source: [CUSA]

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New Tilt-Shifts in 2014, Other EF Lenses in 2013 [CR2]

New Tilt-Shifts in 2014, Other EF Lenses in 2013 [CR2]

Tilt-Shift lenses
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…

Also seen on [NL]

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Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Mentioned [CR1]

Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II Mentioned [CR1]

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.

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New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]

New Wide Angles Lenses in 2013 [CR2]

Announcements in the fall
We’re told that two new wide angle zooms for full frame will be coming from Canon in the next 6-8 months. At least one of them could be announced in Q4 of 2013.

One of the lenses will be the 14-24 f/2.8L, that will complete Canon’s run of lenses covering 14mm to 560mm.

The other will be a replacement to both the 16-35 f/2.8L II and the 17-40 f/4L. We’re told one of the configurations in test is an EF 16-50 f/4L IS.

This comes from a source that has been correct in the past, although timing is always hit and miss with Canon lenses.

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Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L Non-IS Discontinued?

Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L Non-IS Discontinued?

Various reports say it is
We’ve heard from a few people that the EF 70-200 f/2.8L is in the process of being discontinued.

A few people have said they have attempted to get broken lenses fixed and have been told by Canon USA that parts for the repair are no longer available and will not be in the future either.

Another report says an EF 70-200 f/2.8L that was in disrepair was replaced with a refurbished EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II at no extra cost. However, don’t go breaking your lenses, as this may have been a one off.

I would imagine the current stock of the lens at retailers will probably be the last of them. I’ve heard nothing about a replacement for the lens, even though I do think there is a place for Non-IS lenses such as this one.

Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8L at B&H Photo $1299

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