« on: November 27, 2013, 12:17:06 PM »
If the "Year of the Lens" turns out to be just slapping IS on some existing lenses, I will be highly disappointed.
Again, see my last post. These will be night and day better lenses than their predecessors. It might not be the 14-24L, 35L II, or 100-400L II that everyone screams about in these forums, but these lenses are a killer option, and in the 50mm length in particular, address a comically unmet need for photographers.
The 50 prime is perhaps the most embarrassing hole in Canon's lens lineup. I am an amateur, but I see many pros with the old 50 F/1.4 on their rigs because the F/1.2 is a specialist arty / wide aperture tool. The L is great at what it does, but overall sharpness and accurate focusing are lacking.
Consider why such guys are using a functional but dated & limited design (from 20 years ago!): there still does not exist a 50mm lens that can do all of these things:
- Fast, accurate AF
- F/2 or faster
- Internal focusing
- A modern, well-built lens -- no major quality issues or wild copy to copy variation
- At least as sharp as the current 50mm F/1.4
That's the lens I'm waiting for, and I'm certainly not alone. I think it's coming in the next year in this non-L IS refresh.