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New L Primes
« on: January 23, 2011, 12:14:21 PM »
Coming, but perhaps delayed Things are a bit chaotic in the lens world of Canon at the moment. The well known issues with manufacturing are probably the biggest reason why.

2011 should see 2 new L primes being announced (other than supertelephotos). It wasn’t mentioned to me which 2 lenses would see updates. The usual suspects are the 35L and 135L and I’ve heard some murmurs of a 50 f/1.2L II coming to market sooner than later.

I think this year is going to be a mess for lens announcements.

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New L Primes
« on: January 23, 2011, 12:14:21 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2011, 12:40:48 PM »
Finally. I've been holding out for a new 50mm 1.2L. The Sigma 50mm 1.4 is nice but I NEED that extra 1/3 stop.

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2011, 12:49:21 PM »
Wait. I just bought a 35L for $1300. I'm in my return window so is there something about the 35L that would make an update worth waiting for?

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Manufacturing Issues
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2011, 01:04:19 PM »
Could you elaborate on the "well known" production issues at the new plant?   Is this the plant that Canon started in Taiwan?  What are the issues?  The only thing I recall seeing is that because of the world financial situation, the plant was being brought up to speed more slowly than originally planned.  Are there other problems as well?   Just curious about the situation...

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What are the well known production issues?
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2011, 01:30:45 PM »
I had the same question as hmmm.  I keep reading--mainly on Canon Rumors--about production issues.  What are they supposed to be?

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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2011, 02:35:44 PM »
L primes other than super telephoto that could use an update...?

35L 1.2?
135L 2.0 IS?
200L 2.8 II IS?
180L/200L 3.5 macro

Primes that could be L
45L ts-e 2.8
90L ts-e 2.8

Given that Canon has tended to steer into more niche lenses recently, I'd guess/predict the chances are higher with a 45/90 tse or 180/200 macro.
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Re: New L Primes
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2011, 02:50:36 PM »
It would have to be the 45mm and 90mm tilt shift lenses since Schneider will be ready with their 50mm/2.8 and 90mm/2.8 tilt shift lenses for Canon EOS in march. Canon can not just stand there and watch that happens.

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Re: New L Primes
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2011, 02:54:01 PM »
Would it not be possible to replace both the 200mm f/2.8L USM and the 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, with a 200mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM?

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« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2011, 04:37:50 PM »
My vote is for the 45 and 90 tse's to get the L treatment.

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« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2011, 04:42:07 PM »
Yes, and it would be a an excellent idea. They could save some weight by going 200 3.5 L IS too. Although I'd skip it because it would compete with my 70-200 IS II for duplicate focal length. And the 100 L macro I use is much more useful length for street candids and head and shoulder portraits.

Would it not be possible to replace both the 200mm f/2.8L USM and the 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, with a 200mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM?

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Re: New L Primes
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2011, 04:43:45 PM »
Presumably Canon would not bother upgrading the lens without improvements. You would think they would work on flaring, CA, and corner sharpness at apertures wider than 2.8.

Wait. I just bought a 35L for $1300. I'm in my return window so is there something about the 35L that would make an update worth waiting for?

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Re: What are the well known production issues?
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2011, 04:44:31 PM »
Someone please provide a link or a story or something. We're all in the dark with these production issues. Thanks!

I had the same question as hmmm.  I keep reading--mainly on Canon Rumors--about production issues.  What are they supposed to be?

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Re: New L Primes
« Reply #12 on: January 23, 2011, 04:50:24 PM »
Finally. I've been holding out for a new 50mm 1.2L. The Sigma 50mm 1.4 is nice but I NEED that extra 1/3 stop.

If you NEED it you should just buy the current one. I've owned mine for a year now and its great lens.

I assume if there is a 50mm MK II coming out, canon would improve the sharpness at 1.2-1.8 and increase the AF speed.
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« Reply #13 on: January 23, 2011, 07:23:45 PM »
im curious about these issues too.

Though if it's for a taiwan plant like someone else said, it shouldn't affect any L lens as AFAIK they're only made at the 3 japanese plants.

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Re: New L Primes
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 08:56:56 PM »
Don't forget a sizable price increase too.  Most new lenses that have come out recently have also come with pretty big price increases relative to the lens they were replacing.

I'm also curious about the production issues mentioned.  I haven't heard anything about this.

Presumably Canon would not bother upgrading the lens without improvements. You would think they would work on flaring, CA, and corner sharpness at apertures wider than 2.8.

Wait. I just bought a 35L for $1300. I'm in my return window so is there something about the 35L that would make an update worth waiting for?

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Re: New L Primes
« Reply #14 on: January 23, 2011, 08:56:56 PM »