Dear Canon,Dear Snowbound and Anxious,
Please don't make us wait until Photokina or even late into spring for a new UWA lens. I have a lot of plans for when the snow melts and the flowers start to bloom, and I'd rather not have to buy an outdated lens design. I'd really love to see a new 16-50mm f/4 IS that's sharp in the corners.
Snowbound and Anxious
We understand your complaint, but we are a huge corporation and don't care. Unfortunately, it's going to be a long spring and longer summer as you wait for Photokina. We hope you will buy our current products and then upgrade to new ones this holiday season when the lenses you buy now will be discounted and the new lenses will be sold at their ridiculous initial offering price. We may or may not be able to deliver the newly announced lenses until this time next year, however, so please pre-order them early as there will be a limited supply.
In No Hurry and Hoping the Yen Recovers (Canon)