I’ve received word from two different sources that a new 50mm lens would be on the way “soon”. One person suggested it would “probably” have IS. No mention of aperture, but judging by past mentions of a new 50mm, it would be a replacement for the near ancient 50mm f/1.4.
Outside of the 50 and 24-70 f/4, the rest of Q4′s announcements are said to be cinema related.
A new 50mm lens on the horizon?
Over the last few days I have received a lot of hints that a new EF 50mm lens is coming down the pipeline. There are even reports of people shooting with the new lens and that it may have appeared on an updated Canon price list (I would love to see the price list). The retail price is said to be $849 on an “EF 50 f/1.4 II”.
We recently reported that an IS version of the focal length exists in prototype form. It’s pretty normal to have multiple versions of a lens.
There’s always a risk with price lists and typos, and we have seen a lens appear on a price list before it was announced. The announcement came 6 months later, so this may not be an imminent thing. The good news is that there is a lot of chatter about the focal length going around.
A new 50?
A purported replacement to the EF 50 f/1.4 was mentioned today in the form of an EF 50 f/1.8 IS. The lens would be smaller than the current 50 f/1.4. There is no imminent announcement of such a lens, but Canon is working to replace the 50 f/1.4 sometime in the next year. The current 50 f/1.8 would remain in the lineup.
There’s no doubt in my mind Canon is working on a couple of new 50mm lenses. With IS added to the new 24 & 28mm primes, IS in a 50 shouldn’t surprise anyone. It would be a welcomed lens if they can make it small enough to work well on a mirrorless platform.
Take this one with a grain of salt….
EF 50 f/1.4
Canon patent for EF 50 f/1.4 USM
- Patent Publication No. 2011-70032
- Published 2011.4.7
- Filled 2009.9.25
- Focal Distance: 51.70
- Fno: 1.30
- Half angle of view: 22.79
- Image Height: 21.64
- Lens Length (mm): 98
- Back Focus (mm): 37.5
- Aspherical: 2
The current 50 f/1.4 , while a bargain, is definitely due for a replacement.
Canon EF 50 f/1.4 $449 at B&H