The purge of EF lenses is continuing, this time I have confirmed that both the Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM and Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM have been discontinued. I have added these lenses to the running list.
There have been a few questions about how all of this information is being confirmed. I have been receiving visual proof from various places.
Canon appears to be using the term “EOL” (End of Life) for a lens that is currently discontinued, or I receive “EOL in 2021”, which means the lens is on the chopping block and will be officially discontinued this year.
I’m not sure why this is all coming out in stages, but I’m sure a lot more EF lenses are going to be added to the list.
Spherical aberration is present when the outer parts of a lens do not bring light rays into the same focus as the central part. Images formed by the lens at large apertures are therefore unsharp but get sharper at smaller apertures.
This new lens will also feature 1.4x magnification, which you can see in this patent. The current EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM is a 1:1 macro.
There seems to be some concern about the repairability of discontinued lenses. The information that I have received so far seems to show that the earliest these discontinued will be beyond their repairable life with Canon themselves is December 31, 2027. I imagine a lot of them will be repairable beyond that date. If you’re worried about a specific lens, you can reach out to Canon themselves to see if they have a different date for repairs.
What is interesting about this lens is on the barrel. It says “SA Control” and there is a scale on the barrel. If you have any idea what that is, sound off on the forum! This lens still has the normal manual focus ring, as well as the control ring. So this is something new. Could it be related to a recent patent?
The official announcement date and pricing have yet to leak out.
The New Lens Features a 17x Zoom, Built-In 2x Extender, Cleverly Designed Lens Barrel and Coating to Help Reduce Ghosting and Flaring
MELVILLE, NY, April 7, 2021– Designed to provide both stunning HDR imagery as well as beautiful 4K, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is introducing a new addition to its cost-effective UHDgc series of portable 4K broadcast zoom lenses — the CJ17ex6.2B. This lens supports 4K UHD quality optical performance and provides operators with a compact, lightweight, and highly portable form factor for easy integration into Houses of Worship, ENG, and commercial environments. With the addition of this lens, Canon further expands its lineup of 4K broadcast lenses, now at an industry-leadingi 18 models.
Hot on the heels of the recent lens certifications, Canon has now registered a new interchangeable lens camera with a Russian certification agency.
The new camera is codenamed DS12856, for reference, the EOS-1D X Mark III had the codename DS126771. Cameras that begin with “DS” can also be for the RF mount and generally denotes an ILC. Unless there’s another Rebel in the pipeline, I would think that this is an RF mount camera.
I have an idea of what this camera is, but I will need to confirm some information.
I expect at least one camera announced before July, and this could be it.
The EF versions of the 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4 were updated in September of 2018 to bring them to version 3. Both the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM and EF 500mm f/4L IS were last updated in 2011.
I have been told that the RF versions of the latter lenses will come in early 2022 and that the new RF 500mm f/4L IS USM will be extremely light and much shorter than the current version. The 300mm is a bit more interesting, according to my source, Canon may actually release the RF mount version of the 300 f/2.8 as a zoom. Though there is reportedly a prime version also in development. I apologize for the confusion about the 300mm f/2.8.
As you may know by the RF lens roadmap, an RF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM isn’t listed. This is the first time that I’ve heard anything about such a lens.