Thanks. Having just caught up with CR Guy's sad news, I regret ever having mentioned such a trivial issue. It's forgotten about, it doesn't matter.
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Lenses, unlike camera bodies, are made to last. They have much longer production cycles and also retain their value better if you want to sell them.
6 years is not old for a lens. Many of Canon's lenses are up to 20 years old and still popular today (eg 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8, 35mm f2, 70-200 f/2.. Of course the cheaper EF-S lenses do get updated more frequently (probably partly because of the consumer mindset that you have to have the latest and greatest!) but the 17-55 is almost on par with Canon's L lenses and as such I think it will be around for a lot longer.
Even if it does get replaced tomorrow, this lens will still be a fantastic performer so there should be nothing stopping you from buying this lens now if it's what you're looking for.
edit: Does anybody know why f/2.8 is appearing with a smiley in it? I tried to remove it but it's still there...
I'm not saying that it will break if it's plastic, but rather wouldn't you expect a $2000 camera body to have better build quality; especially if it is going to cater to upper end enthusiasts and possibly professionals? I think it's pretty risky to be taking a plastic camera to shoots where you might encounter rain, high humidity, and extreme temperature changes (such as shooting outdoors in the cold and then going inside into a warm climate controlled environment where condensation will rapidly build on the camera). A plastic body will probably not have the same weather sealing as a metal body. When I first started shooting DSLR, I had my Rebel XT glitch out when condensation built on the body. But I vacuum sealed it with a few desiccant packs for a couple days and that luckily saved it.
ahaha... love you comments. it is so true... (built like a toy).
I'm very excited by the news, happy that it's CR2 and not just a wild rumor.
- I'm excited about a plastic body. I'm a traveler and hiker, and every gram counts.
- Same price as 5D2, but it'll have vastly better AF, a newer sensor, and it'll have digic5.
- If the price starts at $2k at launch, it'll only go downward from there on
I wonder if the new lens will be 28-135/3.5-5.6 mk2 STM?
This might just be the camera that'll have me switch from crop to FF. But then I'll have to buy new UWA and fisheye lenses