“L” Primes Coming?
Received two bits of information about possible upcoming lenses from Canon. Apparently both the 35 f/1.4L and 85 f/1.2L II are slated to be updated. As with all things in regards to lenses from Canon, no one is quite sure when either could be announced. It was suggested the 35 f/1.4L II has been delayed on numerous occasions for redesign and tweaking.
This is the first I have heard seriously about an 85L replacement, but anything that speeds up the AF of the lens would be very welcomed.
I believe we’ll have to see the new 500, 600 and 24-70′s shipping before we get another major “L” lens updated.
The year of the lens?
We mentioned previously Canon may have a “record year” for lens announcements in 2012. Below are more suggestions and info about new lenses.
EF 35 f/1.4L II
Suggested announcement in April/May 2012. Expect the cost to be high.
EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS
300 f/4L IS
400 f/4L IS
Suggested announcement in the fall. Perhaps showing for Photokina? A replacement to the EF 400 f/5.6 could realistically come in the shape of a new, and much better EF 100-400L IS. A 400 f/4L IS could fit nicely between the 100-400 and 200-400 (which is going to be very expensive). The built in teleconverter on the 200-400 is going to be a big feature to a lot of photographers and will help justify the cost. I don’t think the 300 f/4L IS needs replacement, but it may be a matter of easy manufacturing to do a 300 and 400 at the same time.
EF135 f/1.8 IS
It was suggested that this lens exists, but has been “shelved” for the time being. This seems odd considering the new EF 24-70 f/2.8L II didn’t get IS.
The new lens madness may continue into 2013.
Received word today that Canon has 2 lenses planned for announcement on January 3, 2012. That’s a week before CES.
The 35 f/1.4L II and the 24-70 f/2.8L II are both mentioned. The source claims there is no IS in the 24-70.
The source has been right about lenses in the past, but I’ll keep it at [CR2] until I hear from others.
Lenses coming soon?
Received some information today that pointed to possible lens announcements in January, possibly on the 3rd.
This is plausible, because CES/PMA starts on January 10, 2012. This would also go in line with the staggered lens/body announcements we’ve seen in the past with pro bodies. The 1D Mark IV was announced in October, and the EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II came at the beginning of the following January.
Lenses mentioned were the EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x, 24-70 f/2.8L II and 35 f/1.4L II.
A few other pieces of information have said Canon will be updating a lot of current lenses in the next 24 months, I’d rank this as pretty tentative for the moment. Lenses are always difficult to predict and I’m not sure we really know the whole story about Canon’s production abilities in Japan.
The supertelephotos are done for the moment from Canon. The last 12 months or so have been dedicated to updating and releasing new long lenses.
First words today that a 35 f/1.4L II is in the wild and being tested and critiqued by a select few photographers.
This is one of the oldest lenses that’s been talked about for a replacement. It seems it may be a reality in the not so distant future.
There was no timetable given for release.
I will say this source has been right in the past about test lenses. The first mentions of the new supertelephotos came from this person.