Archive for the ‘Canon Lenses’ Category
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
Another suggestion from a man who knows everything about lenses. He thinks it’s a “28-300 with filter barrel removed”.
It seems most people think it’s the Sony 70-200, though the body does look like a Canon.
I’m not sure
Below is an image posted on the Google Plus account of Peter Norvig. In the low resolution image, a lens that I don’t recognize is being used. I have compared it to the 28-300L, 100-400L and 70-200L and it doesn’t match up with any of them.
“For Canon fans, you might find this exciting. A photographer was using this lens. I assert that the black stripes of the focus and zoom rings are the wrong width and placement to be either the 70-200 or the 100-400; therefore I speculate this is a prototype of the long-rumored 100-400 II.”
What do you guys and gals think?
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Source: Peter Norvig G+ thanks to John
New Tilt-Shift lenses?
I’ve received a few bits of information about new L tilt-shift lenses from Canon. We’ve heard there would be a direct replacement for the 45mm f/2.8 and it would be an L. We’ve heard that the 90mm f/2.8 would be replaced with a TS-E 135mm f/2.8L. This is not the first time we’ve heard that the 90 tilt-shift would get a longer focal length.
We also understand that Canon is redesigning the shift mechanism on the new tilt-shift lenses and that they won’t share the same design as the TS-E 17 f/4L and TS-E 24 f/3.5L II. I would gladly welcome a more reliable design to the shift unit, and hopefully Canon can make the new lenses a bit less prone to broken knobs and other issues that I have seen.
I asked if updates to the TS-E 17 f/4L and TS-E 24 f/3.5L II were likely if a new design is seen as more reliable and I was told it would be unlikely beyond some stealth updates. Design changes can be implemented in lenses over the years they’re in production.
EF 50 f/1.8 IS USM
We’re told that a new EF 50mm f/1.8 IS USM is ready for release, but may not happen until Q1 of 2014.
The lens would be in line with the new 24,28 & 35mm IS lenses. Pricing would be more than the current EF 50 f/1.4 USM it would be replacing. However, Canon has noticed that the pricing on the 3 mentioned lenses at launch was too high and lead to poor initial sales numbers. Since the lenses have been price dropped, they are selling better.
Canon EF 50 f/1.4 USM $299 (free shipping)
From the land of weird
I received an email today outlining a new macro lens that Canon has in the pipeline and could be released in the next year.
It will be a 1:1 zoom macro, with an aperture of f/4 and IS. No mention of the focal length for the lens. I’m reminded of the now discontinued Nikkor 70-170mm f/4.5-5.6D as a zoom 1:1 macro we’ve seen in the past. A replacement to the 180 f/3.5L perhaps?
A huge grain of salt with this one.