Am I the only one who is actually excited about this lens? The macro bit is what sold me. Provided this new lens has nice IQ and reasonable price (which by all means it should), It can effectively provide a small and light replacement for my 100L macro and 15-85. Paired with a 10-22 or 17-40, it seems like an excellent and versatile lens for travel photography and macro work.
Yes, a Zoom Macro, with a 0.7 magnification. Thats why it has Hybrid IS.
Looking at their prices, I'd say they equate to
24-70 f/4L - $1300
35mm f/2 IS - $900
Thats about what I'd expect, +/- $100.
The price is on the website refered to in the CR posting.
I estimated the US price by looking at the US price of a few Canon lenses that sell for about the same prices (in Yen) in Japan. 145,000 and 74,000 yen.
The 135mmL sells for a little more, (151,200 yen), for example, while the 28mm IS sells for about 59800 Yen and the current Canon 35mm f/2 sells for about 31800. That gives a realistic estimate of what it will sell for in US dollars.