And again
Two emails today telling me to expect a new EF 50mm f/1.4 II USM to be announced alongside the new Rebel. One of them went as far as to say it'd be image stabilized.

I don't for a second believe the lens will get IS'd.

I know the 50 f/1.4 has been backordered for a couple of months at a few places in Canada. However, Canon doesn't appear to be stocking much in Canada at the moment and everything is backordered. Two months is a long time though.


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  1. The existing 50/1.4 seems fine optically to me, the two I’ve had (the first was stolen) are/were certainly good enough wide open if focused accurately.

    But I swear they’re made out of scotch tape and string. I’ve had four AF repairs in four years. The moving front element is especially vulnerable, but the internals are so fragile even a soft side blow kills it.

    Now, admittedly, I shoot punk rock, sh!t happens. But my 24/1.4 I use probably 5x as much as my 50/1.4, and it’s only needed service once, and even that was an “it just kept getting softer” rather than the “failed stone dead” my 50/1.4 keeps pulling.

    Although the one 24/1.4 repair, at $250, was nearly three $90 50/1.4 rebuilds.

  2. Jeremy Ritchie on

    WOW… This lens is currently backordered everywhere i looked. i have it ordered, it has been roughly 5 weeks now. if the rumors are true i’ll gladly wait. hopefully a full ultrasonic motor……..mmmmmmm

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