Canon Lens Rumors

New Lenses – Spring & Fall

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What could be coming
Finding out what lenses are coming down the pipe has proven to be a difficult task. I have yet to find a really good source. I’ve asked around lately to figure out what’s coming. Here’s what I’ve been told.

Expect a big white lens or two to get updates in the next 12 months.

A pro baseball photographer ranked which lenses are likely to get replaced first. He wouldn’t go as far as to say whether or not he had been testing any. He didn’t deny it either.

1) EF 300 f/2.8 IS (Current model launched 1999)
– Very likely to get updated

2) EF 400 f/2.8 IS (Current model launched 1999)
– Probable that it’ll be updated at the same time as the 300

3) EF 500 f/4 IS (Current model launched 1999)
– This and the 600 will be updated at the same time

4) EF 600 f/4 IS (Current model launched 1999)
– This and the 500 will be updated at the same time

All four could be updated in the same year. I predict 2010, but it could be sooner.


1) EF 35 f/1.4 (Current model launched 1998)
– This will be updated at the end of 2009

2) EF 200 f/2.8 (Current model launched 1991)
– It’s been suggested this will get IS. Don’t hold your breath.

3) EF 400 f/5.6
– Everyone wants IS put into this lens. I don’t think it’ll ever happen. Thankfully I’m wrong a lot, because I think such a lens would sell quite well…

1) EF 24-70 f/2.8 (Current model launched 2002)
– This has been a hotly desired lens to get an update. Adding IS and the new coating would make it very popular. I have no solid information that it’s going to happen.

2) EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS (Current model launched 1998)
– The most popular rumor for a lens is an update to this one. It’s rumored Nikon is redoing theirs shortly, and I think it’s time this one is redone by Canon.

New Lenses:
1) EF 500 f/2.8 IS
– One person has written me saying this lens is in the works. I don’t buy it, its cost would be astronomical. With current high ISO performance, do we really need a 500 at 2.8? Canon really has no reason to get into it with Sigma. Let them have their big green lens.

What else could be coming?
Canon has no real competition from Nikon for fast high quality primes, so I don’t see them updating the entire line in the next 18 months. We could see one a year though, starting with the 35.

I think they’ll be updating a lot of L glass. They’re done with consumer zooms for now. The 18-55, 55-250 & 18-200 should be enough choice for the crop users on a budget out there.

I don’t think we’ll see a new EF-S lens any time soon. The lineup is well equipped at the moment.

Wackiest idea I’ve been sent:
EF 24-70 f/2L IS – Yes, Olympus has f/2 zooms, but they’re for a 2x crop. How big and heavy would this lens be? Nevermind the price tag!