Archive for the ‘Canon Lenses’ Category
The-Digital-Picture has written a cool little article about the 10 oldest Canon lenses currently in production.
- Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy – 1987
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy – 1990
- Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy – 1991
- Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy – 1991
- Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy – 1991
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy – 1992
- Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy – 1992
- Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens Buy – 1993
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy – 1993
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens – 1995
We’ve been hearing for a long time that the tilt-shift lenses would get the L treatment and that the 50 f/1.4 would be replaced with a slower IS version. All of which are expected in 2014.
The 400 f/5.6L has been often rumored for a replacement. We recently heard about stock issues with the lens, and the possibility of an IS version arriving for Photokina in 2014.
I wouldn’t expect a replacement for anything else on the list.
Read the full article
We’ve heard, along with others that the EF 400 f/5.6L is hard to acquire in a few areas around the globe. This is leading to the suggestion that the little supertelephoto is being primed for replacement with an IS version.
We have said we’ve been told 2014 will be the “year of the lens“, and if that’s the case, a few of the lenses will definitely be of the niche variety. The lenses have lower production requirements and usually higher margins. The EF 400 f/5.6L, while a wonderful performer, would certainly benefit from the latest optics, IS and perhaps a bit of weight savings or length reduction.
Canon EF 400 f/5.6L at B&H Photo
Two new 24-70 lenses coming in 2014?
We were told a long time ago that IS in the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II wasn’t yet dead, as prototypes do exist with image stabilization.
Canon chose to go the route of smaller size and lighter weight for the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II and created possibly the best performing standard zoom lens on the market.
We’ve been told that two new 24-70 type lenses with IS are a possibility and could appear in mid to late 2014. The first being a non-L 24-70 with IS and STM, along with a variable aperture. This lens would obviously be the least expensive lens of the 24-70 lineup.
The second would be an EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS, which would be larger and have optical performance that rivals the current non IS version. It wouldn’t be a replacement to the current lens, just a very expensive bigger brother.
I find all of this plausible, we were told a long time ago that Canon had basic plans in place for 4 different 24-70 lenses for various budgets and needs. If such a lens does appear, It’s going to cost A LOT!
This latest bit of information comes from parts unknown, so take it with a grain of salt.
Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1699 (Reg $2299) via B&H Photo
CP+ 2014 Camera & Photo Imaging Show
We’re told that Canon could possibly announce and show two new lenses at the CP+ 2014 show in Tokyo, Japan. The show runs from February 13, 2014 until February 16, 2014.
They will not be Cinema EOS lenses. New lenses for videographers will be held for NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, along with some new Cinema EOS camera(s).
It’s speculated that one lens will be an “L” and the other a consumer non-L prime. As with all lens announcements, things are very loose and rarely have a media event attached to them.
There is also a possibility of a development announcement on a camera body we’re told.
Hope to hear more soon…
Canon EF 35 f/1.4L II
We received a a hands-on claim about a prototype Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II. We’re told that the lens is in the hands of select photographers and could be announced in the first half of 2014.
It’s said that the lens is slightly wider than the current version but weighs a bit less. The lens has a new type of coating on at least one of the elements. The version that was tested had a 77mm filter thread.
This lens has been long rumoured for replacement and a few patents (here and here) have shown up over the years. However, it’s sounding like we may finally get to see one in 2014.
More Non L IS Lenses
We’ve been told that Canon will announce at least 2 new non-L IS prime lenses in 2014. The two you can bank on are a 50mm f/1.8 IS and an 85mm f/2 IS (the source wasn’t totally sure on the aperture, but did say it would be slower than the current f/1.8). Both lenses should be announced some time in the first half of 2014. The replacement to the 50 was originally slated to come in 2013, but fell into the status of delayed like a bunch of other Canon lenses.
The other lens that was mentioned was an IS version of a 135mm lens. It was unknown whether or not the lens would be an “L”.
More to come…
2014 Winter Olympics
We’re told that the replacement to the EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS will be making its way into the hands of select photographers at the Sochi games in February, 2014. It was unknown if an announcement of the lens would happen beforehand or if it would be used as the final test bed for the replacement lens.
I’m not too sure how many people would put down their 200-400′s for one of these, but the mobility factor may make it worthwhile in certain situations.
A grain of salt on this one, it’s from a new source.
The year of the lens!
We’ve had a few confirmations that 2014 will be the “year of the lens” for Canon. While Nikon and Sony go into new markets such as full frame mirrorless and retro designs, Canon will apparently stay the course and concentrate on DSLRs and lenses for the EOS lineup.
What should we expect?
Firstly, a new worlds widest full frame zoom lens (nor sure what this could be), a wide angle zoom with IS (17-50 f/4L IS?), a new fast wide angle successor with “new technology” (35 f/1.4?). We can also expect two new tilt-shift lenses, a telephoto zoom successor (100-400?) as well as “budget high quality lenses”.
I’m starting to believe the hype, as the info is coming from known and new sources, and they all seem to be saying the same thing.
More to come.
Lots of manufacturing delays
We’re told that Canon will be releasing a “flurry of new lenses in 2014″. There have been manufacturing delays as well as economic issues that have curtailed announcements of new higher end glass. There are “as many as 8 lenses” slated for release sometime in 2014.
We will see new lenses, as well as replacements to older lenses. What gets announced and when is unknown, as some lenses have been “delayed for more than a year”.
It’s vague, but at least it’s something. 2013 has been a very quiet year for Canon.
Bryan over at The-Digital-Picture has completed his review of the surprisingly good Canon EF-S 55-250 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM.
“After using this lens a healthy amount including on a couple of short-duration trips in addition to locally, I have to admit that keeping this lens in my kit has been a consideration for me. The results it delivers are quite good. The 55-250 IS STM is a very good option for those times when traveling light is very highly desirable including trail running, hiking, traveling, etc.”
You can read the rest of the review here.
Canon EF-S 55-250 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM at B&H Photo