« on: June 18, 2014, 02:03:05 PM »
Regarding the nifty fifty, I just think that Canon is showing a clear trend away from the wide aperture lenses as entry level. I'm not saying they are going to announce tomorrow that the current 1.8 is out of stock everywhere. I just think that production will quietly be stopped and once the current stock runs out, it will be gone. The 50mm 1.8 originally was meant to be used with film cameras where you sometimes couldn't get anything unless you had 1.8 light. Now we have comparatively insane ISO capabilities. You don't need 1.8 to get a viewable picture. The only reason to have 1.8 is the depth of field and bokeh. I think Canon would rather use the 40mm 2.8 as the "gateway" lens to that, because 1.8 is not easy to work with. After they've sold you the pancake at $150ish and you've figured out how depth of field and focusing works, then they sell you the 50mm 1.4 or the 1.8 IS at $350 or $550.
Seriously, this is Canon. Do you really believe they want to keep offering us a great deal on a cheap lens, when they can offer us a good deal on an affordable lens (the 40) and a rebate/MAP deal on a second (one of the 50s)? I would love to see a 50mm 1.4 with IS added, but I think that is wishful thinking. I just looked at B&H for the rest of the 50mm full-frame lenses with IS, and there aren't any. So Canon is going to do whatever the heck they want, because this is going to be a unique product. Because they can't add IS to a 1.4 and compete with the new Sigma Art or the Zeiss Otus on sharpenss and image quality, because it would cost too much. I would have also rather seen the 28mm IS at 1.8 rather than 2.8, but it didn't happen that way. They even went so far as to have the IS wide primes at 24mm 2.8 and 28mm 2.8, rather than create a meaningful distinction between the two (i.e. wider but slower, faster but less wide).
Which is just a long way of saying that I think they are going to cull the "Group 1" non-USM primes in this IS update, and then we'll see something else happen to the "Group 2" USM primes (good or bad, I don't know).
Also, I think that the Sigma Art 50, the Zeiss Otus, and Nikon's 58mm recent offerings have pushed Canon's IS update back here. Canon wants to let some of the hype die down before they get out there. Because people are clearly clamoring for this thing and complaining about the lack of qualify 50mm options in Canon's lineup.