The-Digital-Picture has written a cool little article about the 10 oldest Canon lenses currently in production.
- Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy – 1987
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy – 1990
- Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy – 1991
- Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy – 1991
- Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy – 1991
- Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy – 1992
- Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy – 1992
- Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens Buy – 1993
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy – 1993
- 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.
Read the full article
We’ve heard, along with others that the EF 400 f/5.6L is hard to acquire in a few areas around the globe. This is leading to the suggestion that the little supertelephoto is being primed for replacement with an IS version.
We have said we’ve been told 2014 will be the “year of the lens“, and if that’s the case, a few of the lenses will definitely be of the niche variety. The lenses have lower production requirements and usually higher margins. The EF 400 f/5.6L, while a wonderful performer, would certainly benefit from the latest optics, IS and perhaps a bit of weight savings or length reduction.
Canon EF 400 f/5.6L at B&H Photo
I have received various bits of info over the last few months about Canon’s plans in the 400mm range. There is lots of desire for a new 400 f/5.6L and 100-400, and both may finally be getting an update. It feels like the 100-400 has been in the update cycle forever, but judging by how many of these things Canon sells, I can see why they’ve been in no rush to have it replaced.
Below are lenses that are apparently in prototype form and are on tap to be announced in 2013.
- EF 400 f/5.6L IS (Highly desired)
- EF 400 f/4L IS (Not DO)
- EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS (Not push-pull & patents exists)
- EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x (Long known about)
There seems to be a theme developing with Canon offering more options in the same focal length range. Best guess pricing will also have a pretty wide range, from a $2000 400 f/5.6L IS up to the $11,000 EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x.