- Mar 26, 2014
Since you've asked...
The EF 35mm f/2 IS is an excellent example of what I expect (sharp, fast, reasonably priced), as I bought it.
EF 20mm f/2.8 - if it was modernized, I would seriously consider it. Make it f/2.0, and I'll definitely buy it.
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS - isn't sharp enough for me to consider.
EF 50mm f/~1.8 IS - I would buy it.
You've asked, therefore I'll answer...
The 70-200mm f/2.8L mkIII was released just to make production more efficient. It shows care for Canon's profits (nothing wrong with that), but not for the customers (which is my point).
The super teles & TS-E target small audiences. What's neglected is non-L primes for what I think is a larger audience, and I think an EF 50mm f/1.8 IS USM is a good example. Canon can make EF 35mm f/2 IS & EF 85mm f/1.4L IS, it can make a 50mm f/1.8 IS USM, but my money would be spent on the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC.
Since you answered:
20mm F2: I'd buy it, if I didn't have the Zeiss 21mm F 2,8.This is the only Canon lens I really miss .
24mm F 2,8: if it was as good as the F 1,8 Nikon...but I have the TSE...
50mm F 1,8 IS: nope, prefer my adapted Leica Summicron and my Zeiss Makro Planar (both cost less than $ 400 each). OK, neither IS, nor AF...
Well, the RF mount desperately needs some not-so-fast, relatively affordable primes. But I was hoping the next 50mm f/1.8 IS would be for the EF-M. Canon did an amazing job with the 32mm f/1.4 - it seems like the only gap in the EOS M prime lineup is now a decent portrait lens.
Over the past few years, I've replaced every 3rd party lens I've bought with a Canon lens, e.g. the Sigma 12-24mm with a Canon 11-24mm f/4.
Now I'm going to buy a Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC, because Canon has nothing similar. That's a lost sale.
How does that make sense, given the whole strategy?
They got your money with the lenses they developed instead of a midrange 50mm, like that 11-24mm. They made a whole lot more selling you that lens than they would have with a 50/1.4.
The current EF 50mm f1.8 STM is available at the Canon Store for $126. No sign of a close out on that one.I see that Adorama now has the EF 50mm f/1.8 marked as "closeout" and on sale. Perhaps this rumor is indicative of a new EF version as well? Oh, oh! Possibly in even cheaper-feeling matte black Kris-krinkle plastic, with a focus ring only 2mm long tucked in by the camera mount, and a decal for the focus indicator? Focusing with the FSM (Fuckin' Slo-Mo) motor system with super-search "EEEEE---RRRR" sound reserved for only the lightest weight lenses! With a 100mm long zebra-striped lens hood so everyone can see what a cheap schmuck I was, of course. Yiddish numerals! 61.7mm filter thread mounts!! MagnetoDust lens coating!!! Rear gel filter holder!!!! All at double the price since it's a new version (with the same optics)!!!!! Oh, gawd, I can't contain my excitement! Oh, oh...!
The funny thing is that I'd LOVE a double-Gauss, albeit the high-end of such (e.g., Leica 50/1.4 or 50/2 quality). These new non-Gaussian designs (RF50, Zeiss Otus, others) are REALLY big and long, and while I value something that's far sharper than my smartphone, I'd also like the option of something more portable than these long 50s will be. Even the RF35 sticks out a good half-inch past the front of the grip; I want something that sticks out no further than the grip.That's how long EF users had to wait for something better than Double Gauss 50mm lens design from Canon and when they finally got two in maybe less then year, they will not be able to use them on their EF cameras.
hoping for a native RF 50/1.8 IS not much bigger, heavier or more expensive than EF 50/1.8 STM. Same IQ or slightly better would already be sufficient.
199 would be a nice price. Perfect lens for mostly budget-limited EOS RP buyers.