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50L, 85L & 135L To Get Upgraded? [CR1]

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An evolving prime lineup.
Received a very cryptic email this AM about some upcoming lens upgrades. The following 3 lenses were mentioned.

50 f/1.2L II
Improved AF performance and new coatings. Optical elements to remain the same.

85 f/1.2L III
Improved AF speed and new coatings. Optical elements to remain the same.

135 f/2L IS
Image stabilization added, as well as the new coatings. Optical elements to remain the same.

Probability?
I’m not sure, I’ve received snippets of info about the 85 and 135 getting upgraded.

If all they’re doing with the 50 and 85 is adding new electronics and coatings to the lenses, it’s quite possible they’ll get an upgrade. Adding  IS to the 135L makes some sense.

I’m still surprised I haven’t heard anything about a 35L upgrade.

CR1 this one with a smaller grain of salt than you’d think.

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69 responses to “50L, 85L & 135L To Get Upgraded? [CR1]”

  1. guys pls dont forget canon is gettin big time reports from hollywood and cinematographers worldwide (seems they kicked nikons ass bigtime by accident) – we need solid primes, and guess canon hates to see all of us buying zeiss primes atm. my bet is they will bring at some point new EF USM (non L) primes with better and longer manual focus.

    besides – IS works amazing on video with these cams, and i would love any of the primes gettin an IS from canon. would reconsider using them for handheld footage.

    just my 2 cents.

  2. The 135/2 becomes a FAR more useful lens with IS. Right now I use the 70-200/2.8L IS II all the time, while the 135 sits at home. Most of my low-light event work doesn’t permit handholding a non-stabilized 135mm. You can be a hair-shirt about it and brag about your ability to handhold the current lens, or we can have a lens that’s easy to use when you have to be on the move and can’t brace yourself carefully all the time.

    Put IS on that 135/2, and you’d have a killer lens. On the !D and xD cameras it would be even better.

  3. “SADLY, I think they will add IS to the 135mm”???

    Why are you sad? If you don’t need IS, and you’re happy with the excellent optics on the current design, you have nothing to be sad about. You already have the current model. If you don’t, you can buy them all over the place now. Heck, if an updated model comes out with IS, I’ll sell you mine!

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