I have yet to see these new lenses in the metal.
When I heard of the re-designs I was very excited, the old 28mm f2.8 was one of the favourite lenses I have owned:
Great standard lens on APS-C
Sharp wide open on APS-C
A lot to like, sure the old AFD drive was a bit of an anachronism, sure MF was a bit scratchy, and bokeh a bit hexagonal, but for the dough...
USM great addition for when I'm doing stills
IS, hmm, not a great addition for me, if the lens is for video users then they are always going to be at a fast enough shutter at this focal length to avoid too much intraframe blur (although as video is contiguous the camera should be supported in some way anyway - further negating the use of IS)
but if it was sharper again
with better blur
with a larger smoother focus ring for MF in video
if it's priced well...
HOLY FUCK!!!! Are they having a giraffe!
I appreciate that these lenses will be small sellers from which to recoup R&D and tooling costs, but priced this is self defeating. If they priced it at double the price of the outgoing lens they would sell three times as many.
If this lens is aimed at video guys then perhaps canon need to take a leaf out of SAMYANGs book...
Scrap the costly electronics. Give us a wide smooth focus ring and scale with end stops, and an ENG style stepless aperture. And price it sensibly.
If you shoot video the Samyang 24 f1.4 is vastly more appealing than the canon 24, IS or not, and the 35m f1.4 is vastly more appealing than the 28mm IS.
Glad to see canon develop new lenses. Very concerned about the pricing. That second step on the ladder shouldn't be too big, look at the simpler cheaper G series DX prime lenses Nikon have been launching... simple lenses, good optics, prices that entry and mid level users won't grudge.