Nothing new for the EOS/EF family in 2013?
We’ve received word from a very good source that Canon has no more product announcements for EOS or EF in 2013. There is always the possibility of a “development” announcement, but no new product will be announced or shipped in 2013.
The same source had previously said that only 1 entry level DSLR will begin shipping in Q1 of 2014.
I hoping to hear confirmation from the same source as to whether or not EOS M is included in the “no new products for the EOS/EF line in 2013″.
I think manufacturers are going to ride out a pretty stagnant year and try to build a lot of hype for 2014. Economic recovery around the globe will further recover and we should expect a very exciting 2nd half of 2014 for new gear.
The mount is not forgotten
Canon has plans to introduce new EF-S lenses in the first couple of quarters of 2013. There will be a new push on the crop segment of the EOS lineup and new lenses are going to be a part of that revival. A few lenses are mentioned as highly probable and will appear alongside a new “pro” APS-C camera, currently expected to be the EOS 7D Mark II.
Two niche lenses are mentioned, one being an EF-S zoom fisheye as well as a new IS macro. No mention of focal length on either. A replacement to the wonderful EF-S 10-22 is also mentioned to be in the works. It will probably be a couple of mm wider at the short end.
The most pressing EF-S lenses that need a redo would be the EF-S 18-200 IS, which we hear is in the works and will have an STM focus motor and be longer at the telephoto end. The other is the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS. While this is a very good lens optically, the build quality and internal dust problems leave a lot to be desired. A small refresh would be welcomed.
I’m also told that there have been delays in regards to lenses brought about by new manufacturing technologies that Canon has introduced in their factories. Those issues are being worked out and we can expect Canon to “catch-up with demand” sometime in 2013.
It was also noted that the 1100D and 60D would quietly be discontinued in the first part of 2013 with no replacements being imminent. This one would surprise me a bit, although perhaps the breadth of products in the APS-C line is no longer needed.
An email not in english came in talking about a slower 35mm that would be launched in the near future.
The lens would be a 35mm f/1.8 with a lower build quality than an “L” lens. However, I am unsure from the communication whether or not the lens would be an EF or EF-S mount.
There has been a recent issue of 35 f/2 stock, however a lot of that can potentially be attributed to manufacturing challenges in Asia.
A patent for a super high performance APS-C lens has been issued. The lens is a 17mm equivalent on a crop camera. It’s said to have super performance.
- Patent Publication No. 2011-65138
- Published 2011.3.31
- Filled 2009.8.17
- Focal distance f = 11.1mm
- Fno = 2.0
- Half angle of view 49.7 deg.
- Aspherical 3
- Image height 13.20mm
This is probably what I was being told when an 18-200 II was mentioned.
So for the 8 people that own this lens (Sorry Canon), you can get it fixed for free.
22 February 2011
To: Users of the EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS interchangeable lens for Digital SLR Cameras
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have discovered that some EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens products may have screws that come loose inside the lens and which may interfere with zoom operation of the lens. We would like to convey the details and our service policy.
We offer our sincerest apologies to customers who have been inconvenienced by this phenomenon. Canon always strives to provide the highest quality products to our customers and we spare no effort in our quality management to make sure our customers can use our products with confidence. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.
There are cases in which the zoom barrel gets stuck and stops moving during zoom operation.
Digital SLR camera interchangeable lens “EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS” Serial Numbers 450ｘｘｘｘｘｘｘ to 631ｘｘｘｘｘｘｘ
The products with this phenomenon will be inspected and repaired free-of-charge. If you own one of the affected products, please contact our customer service hotline. We appreciate your patience, and we offer our sincerest apologies to the customers using these products who have been inconvenienced by this issue. Our free repair service will start on 22 February 2011.
Coming May 2011?
A replacement of the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS could take the form of an EF-S 15-60 f/2.8 IS. It would have the same build quality of the current 15-85. May 2011 was mentioned for an announcement.
I’ve seen similar stuff about the 17-55 in the past. It’s a lens that could use a refresh to keep the EF-S range from becoming stagnant. Canon is committed to APS-C.