Sharp, great-contrast 50 1.4 with IS and I'm in!
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I don't recall seeing a f1.8 zoom until now
How about 6-60mm F/1.6 for US$410? Or 8-48mm F/1.2 for US$460?
It's all a question of image circle diameter and back focus length, and it's about time that crop camera users get to take full advantage of their smaller sensor and mirror.
You forgot, for a 1/3". And that's a F1.6 lens. I don't think you can compare that F1.6 lens on a 1/3 sensor to a F1.8 lens on a 1/1.6 sensor. That's F1.8 at almost twice the sensor area.
I see no reason to either be excited or care about Canon lens releases anymore. With Nikon taking the lead in inflated pricing with the 80-400mm by charging a mind-blowing $2700, Canon is certain to do the same.
Since upgrading to FF, I've bought and returned a 24-70 F4 IS and a 35mm IS. I bet you can guess what I went with instead I have also scrapped plans to buy the 70-200mm F2.8 IS L v2, targeting the Tamron F2.8 VC instead.
The days where Canon and Nikon could command massive margins over 3rd party due to higher quality are gone. H*ll, they can't even get rebates right. That last round increased pricing on half the items.
Here's a few examples of long time exposures with the B+W .
The last photo has the color cast intact , it's not terrible .
If you do decide to go with the screw on filter, don't forget to purchase some stop-down rings so you can use it on other lenses !