Archive for: EF 14-24 f/2.8L
We were told almost immediately after the announcement of the EF 16-35 f/4L IS that Canon is indeed working on an f/2.8 ultra wide angle zoom. The lens will be wider than 16mm, although the exact optical formula is not known. We have heard in the past that an EF 12-24 f/2.8L or EF 14-24 f/2.8L was in the works to compete with the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8G, which some Canon shooters have converted to their EOS bodies.
It was stressed that the lens was “not close” to being announced, and would probably arrive within 6 months of a higher megapixel full frame prosumer camera body.
We’re also told that the Canon EF 17-40 f/4L will remain a current product in the Canon lineup for the time being. Although with how close they are in price, which I’m still surprised about. I can’t see many people not savings a bit longer for the new lens. This may be a matter of depleting stock before discontinuation.
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Announcements in the fall
We’re told that two new wide angle zooms for full frame will be coming from Canon in the next 6-8 months. At least one of them could be announced in Q4 of 2013.
One of the lenses will be the 14-24 f/2.8L, that will complete Canon’s run of lenses covering 14mm to 560mm.
The other will be a replacement to both the 16-35 f/2.8L II and the 17-40 f/4L. We’re told one of the configurations in test is an EF 16-50 f/4L IS.
This comes from a source that has been correct in the past, although timing is always hit and miss with Canon lenses.
The L treatment
There are a few reports out there that Canon will finally replace the TS-E 45mm and TS-E 90mm in 2013. We should expect a replacement announcement in Q2 of 2013. Both of these lenses have long been rumoured to be on the replacement docket. No one has come out and said they’ll be “L” replacements, but I think it only makes sense. This would give Canon the largest high end tilt-shift lineup on the market.
Also mentioned in the same announcement breath, was Canon answer to Nikon’s 14-24 f/2.8. A very long awaited lens.
We’ve spoken about the existence of an EF 14-24 f/2.8L in the past, a lens that a lot of people want to see come to fruition.
We’ve been told that an EF 12-24 f/2.8L exists in prototype form and could become a product instead of the EF 14-24 f/2.8L. I can only recall Sigma making such a lens for full frame cameras. Going this wide would certainly put some space between the cheaper (assuming based on Canon pricing history) EF 17-40 f/4L and EF 16-35 f/2.8L II.
This is the first I have heard of an EF 12-24 f/2.8L, so take it with a big grain of salt. This could be a better range in an f/4 variant, as it would be great for both full frame and APS-C and would really reduce size and weight compared to a 2.8 version.
Not hearing much…
CES starts next week and with it a lot of camera companies will be launching consumer level products. Last year Canon launched the PowerShot G1 X for CES and that was about it.
No media events have been planned by Canon for next week. 99% of the time if Canon is launching a significant camera, there is some kind of media invite to showcase the new cameras.
However, when lenses are announced, that is not always the case. There was no media invites when the EF 24-70 f/4L IS and EF 35 f/2 IS were announced.
We’ve heard that two, possibly 3 lenses could be announced on January 8, 2013, but we have not received any confirmations from known sources yet.
New lenses soon?
I have received my first announcement date of 2013. It’s apparently going to be January 8, 2013.
What is coming that day?
I am told 2 new L lenses. The EF 35 f/1.4L II and EF 14-24 f/2.8L will be announced. Both lenses would be available by the end of March 2013. The EF 35 f/1.4L II is a complete redesign and has 2 UD elements.
This is a [CR1] for now as I try and get confirmation of the announcement date and the lenses that are coming.
A New Canon Ultrawide Zoom
This lens comes up every now and then as something that will be added to the Canon lineup. A couple of patents that have referenced this optical formula are out there, which tells us it’s something that is on the minds of the R&D team at Canon.
I was told today that the lens is in the pipeline and will be coming in 2013 if there are no more delays with lens production. I was told to expect availability to be in late 2013, but the announcement date was unknown at this time. It makes perfect sense that this sort of lens would be announced with the imminent large megapixel camera that Canon will unveil in 2013.
There were a few lenses that were to be announced in 2012 that will be pushed into 2013. A lot had to do with production delays with the new supertelephotos as well as the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II.
Below seems to be a patent for large protruding front elements, that will help with issues of reflection and cleaning. This could possibly appear in the much talked about EF 14-24 f/2.8L.
Patent Publication No. 2012-159723
- 2012.8.23 Release Date
- 2011.2.1 filing date
- F = 14.3mm focal length
- Fno. = 2.89
- Half angle ω = 56.6 °
- 14 images in 10 groups lens configuration
- Existing coating roughness
- Will making cleaning the front element easier and possibly less destructive
- (Coating applied to one surface of a lens) thin film layer
- Having a plurality of tubular spaces are arranged parallel to the tube
- Maximum opening diameter of the tubular space below 400nm
- The inorganic oxide materials (silica, titania)
A forum thread on POTN talks about a replacement for the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II being due based on past history..
Quote from the thread
- FD -> new FD = 6.2 years
- new FD -> EF = 5.5 years
- EF -> EF USM = 6.5 years
- 17-35 -> 16-35 = 5.7 years
- 16-35 -> 16-35 II = 5.3 years
- As of today (August 2012) we are 5.4 years from the release of the 16-35L II
There has been lots of talk about an EF 14-24 f/2.8L since Nikon launched such a lens. I wouldn’t think this would be a replacement for the 16-35 f/2.8L II, as I can’t see how it can be easily filterable (without large and expensive third party solutions).
If a 14-24 does indeed become the new f/2.8 ultrawide zoom in the Canon lineup, then I expect a 16-40 f/4L IS type of lens to come quickly for the landscape world and for people that need an easy filterable ultrawide. However, the Nikon 14-24 is a monster of a lens, and would be an awkward replacement for a 16-35 at weddings if you currently shoot with one (just my opinion). The widest screw-on filter lens I have seen is the still to be released Carl Zeiss Distagon T* ZE 15mm f/2.8, which has a 95mm filter thread.
There’s enough chatter about a new wide angle zoom, I think we can start to expect one sooner than later.
Source: [POTN] via [NL]
What’s coming in August?
Some information came today explaining what will be coming from Canon in the month of August. Currently it sounds like 3 different announcement dates for various Canon imaging products.
We’re told that we should see new ImagePROGRAF printers sometime very soon, possibly next week.
New PowerShot cameras at the end of August is almost a given. I am told we’ll get a true replacement to the G12. The G1X was never really meant to replace the lower end cousin. I am also told we’ll see a small camera with an f/1.9 lens. There was no mention of specifications for either camera.
I also expect a new superzoom or two for the PowerShot lineup.
I find this a bit unlikely, but it was also mentioned we’ll see a second EOS-M camera announced in the fall, probably not before Photokina though. It would be the “pro” model. I’m confident one is coming, I’m just not sure it’s coming that soon.
A new wide angle zoom lens
A new wide angle zoom for EF should be announced before Photokina in September. Could it be the long awaited EF 14-24?
EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x
There are tons of these lenses in London currently, I expect an announcement this fall and pretty fast availability.