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.
EF and not EF-S?
A claimed sighting of a prototype new Macro. An EF 60mm f/2.8 Macro IS. The tipster may have meant EF-S.
We’ve already seen a patent for the 60 Macro with IS.
A separate source has said to expect to see the new Macro with a 60D announcement.
New Macro to the Lineup?
The same source says Canon engineers are working on a Macro with the hybrid IS that is longer than the current 180mm f/3.5L. That macro lens would remain in the lineup.
Don’t expect this macro anytime soon.
I’m told Canon has been developing an EF-S fisheye for the last couple of years. It’ll be 8mm. We could possibly see the lens in the next few months.
Announcing a niche lens along with more mainstream stuff probably makes a lot of sense. What that mainstream stuff is, remains to be seen.
What about the 15mm?
From the same source, there is no plans to replace the EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye.