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The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:18:05 PM »

The-Digital-Picture has written a cool little article about the 10 oldest Canon lenses currently in production.


 


 



  1. Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy – 1987

  2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy – 1990

  3. Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy – 1991

  4. Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy – 1991

  5. Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy – 1991

  6. Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy – 1992

  7. Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy – 1992

  8. Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens Buy – 1993

  9. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy – 1993

  10.  Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens – 1995


We’ve been hearing for a long time that the tilt-shift lenses would get the L treatment and that the 50 f/1.4 would be replaced with a slower IS version. All of which are expected in 2014.


The 400 f/5.6L has been often rumored for a replacement. We recently heard about stock issues with the lens, and the possibility of an IS version arriving for Photokina in 2014.


I wouldn’t expect a replacement for anything else on the list.


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The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« on: January 09, 2014, 11:18:05 PM »

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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2014, 11:41:28 PM »
I own 3 of these.. nearly 4...


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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2014, 12:17:49 AM »
Haha! I recently sold my Canon 28-135mm lens. I expected to see it on this list until I notice "In production". It was a fun lens.
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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #3 on: January 10, 2014, 12:38:11 AM »
I hope that EF 50mm Macro gets replaced soon with a EF 60mm IS macro with internal focusing. I really need a 50-70mm range macro lens with IS to accompany my Sigma 150mm OS macro. Most of the macro lenses for full frame camera in that range are quite old and need replacements.

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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #4 on: January 10, 2014, 12:44:45 AM »
The 100 f2 is underrated? The last one I tested had so much CA in it I could barely make out the image....ok that's slightly exaggerated but it was a LOT!

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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2014, 01:05:21 AM »
I purchased the canon 20mm 2.8 for $80.. I would've kept it if it was good.. That lens needs an update if canon will renew that focal distance. I couldn't resist the price at the time. ::D
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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2014, 01:24:34 AM »
The 100 f2 is underrated? The last one I tested had so much CA in it I could barely make out the image....ok that's slightly exaggerated but it was a LOT!

The lateral CA is near zero I the longitudinal CA is well visible at f/2 if you have strong contrasts like branches of a free against a bright sky. From f/4 on it's much (!) crisper than e.g. the f/4 70-200 L lens!
 But perhaps I had luck with my sample!
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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2014, 01:55:28 AM »
I'm hoping for a 16-35 III or 17-40 II with razor sharp corners.


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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #8 on: January 10, 2014, 02:20:42 AM »
I expect all these lenses will become Ls or get IS.

I also expect prices to double for the updates.
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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #9 on: January 10, 2014, 02:28:30 AM »
I've been saying the 50mm f/2.5 macro is ridiculous for 15 years.  It's sharp, but dim.  You have to pay more to get the "Life-Size Converter" but then the focal length is 70mm, which is too close to the 100mm macros.  It's bulky and slow to focus.  The Sigma 50mm macro always made more sense to me if someone was looking for that focal length.

So what could Canon give us?  Larger maximum aperture?  Tilt-shift features?  Faster autofocus?  2:1 maximum magnification?  Lots of room for improvement here.

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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #10 on: January 10, 2014, 02:44:02 AM »
I have 100/2 and 200/2.8 and they NEED replacement - 100 have horrible purple fringing, 200 needs IS.

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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2014, 03:04:13 AM »
Remarkable how long some lenses have been around.

A few errors unfortunately.

The original article is about the oldest lenses “available”, not “in production” as described on this site. These old lenses would have been produced in a batch, probably 10+ years ago, and sat in a warehouse since then. I doubt any of then are in production now.

The 200mm f2.8 II was introduced around 1996, not 1991. The 1991 introduction would have been the 200mm f2.8 which we now call the Mark 1 which hasn't been available since 1996.

The 50mm f2.5 macro is no longer officially available in my country. As it seems not to be particularly popular I suspect the B+H stock is a few leftovers.

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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #12 on: January 10, 2014, 03:07:38 AM »
I have 100/2 and 200/2.8 and they NEED replacement - 100 have horrible purple fringing, 200 needs IS.

I have the 200/2.8L II and price for performance its a great lens. I agree IS would be nice but being small, light and black I can often use it in places were a 70-200L is inpractical or too noticable. It also works well with the 1.4x TC if required.
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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #13 on: January 10, 2014, 04:57:46 AM »
I have 100/2 and 200/2.8 and they NEED replacement - 100 have horrible purple fringing, 200 needs IS.

The 200mm f2.8 II L which I used to own was SO sharp it was possibly sharper than the 70-200 f2.8 L IS II which I replaced it with. It was a stunning optic and rediculously cheap for it's performance. A real sleeper lens!

It's funny when I look at the age of these lenses and often over looked / unloved lenses....take a look at Nikkor's lens catalogue. A lot of them are a LOT older!

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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2014, 05:17:40 AM »
Why would Canon make a slower version of the 50mm 1.4? In that respect its not a direct replacement and because its a prime larger F numbers are kind of expected.

Personally I would rather have the wider aperture than IS for a 50mm focal length… 1.4 is a nice sweet spot between F1.2 and F2. With higher ISO being so much better now I understand that could be a reason but surely people buy this for the narrow DOF look wide open would give?

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Re: The 10 Oldest Canon Lenses in Production
« Reply #14 on: January 10, 2014, 05:17:40 AM »