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New lenses? Facts & Rumours… from 2010
December 26th Samyang lenses are building a reputation as a more economic (manual focus) route to more exotic lens options. Their latest hints suggest a fast 135 and a tilt/shift may be in their thoughts [PR]
11th A new Canon lens patent [CR] Canon EF-S 15-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM – set to appear with the next XXXD?
28th Some lens info [CR], including more info on the updates for the TS-E 45 and 90. Timing fits in with what we were told for the 90mm in October. Looks like a few more specialist lenses, but nothing on our old stalwart – the IS version of the 24-70 2.8L.
24th A few lens patents doing the rounds [CR] 600 DO this time.
13th Canon seem to be in the process of ditching their standard date codes for lenses [TDP]
12th The new 300 & 400 2.8 L IS II are using new glass types and are the first examples of much higher resolution lenses. They are being made at a new factory, which may explain the delay in their introduction It’s not known if this also applies to the 8-15. It seems that the 800mm has this new technology, but was put together at one of the existing factories.
5th Despite earlier reports of delays, the 70-300 has now turned up in some shops in Europe
4th UK lens cashback offers:
Purchase an EOS 7D or EOS 5D Mark II and claim up to Up to £100 / €120 savings on selected EF lenses. When purchasing either an EOS 5D Mark II or EOS 7D customers will receive a voucher booklet in-box which will allow them to claim cashback on further purchases of selected lenses (up to a maximum of 4 claims per person) within three months of their initial camera purchase.
Models: EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II (all configurations)
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM £25 / €30
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM £100 / €120
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM £25 / €30
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM £100 / €120
EF-100mm f/2.8 USM MACRO £30 / €35
EF-100mm f/2.8L MACRO IS USM £75 / €90
EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM £70 / €75
EF 70-200 f/2.8L IS II USM £100 / €120
EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM £50 / €60
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM £85 / €100
4th November 2010 to 31st January 2011 DSLR Purchase
30th April 2011 Lens Purchase deadline
31st May 2011 Redemption deadline
Full terms and conditions please visit www.canon.co.uk/eflenscashback or www.canon.ie/eflenscashback
1st Canon officially delays the newest lenses until March 2011
“Delay in sales start date of;
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lenses
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 1st November 2010
Following the announcement of the new EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, on 26th August 2010, Canon has now delayed the introduction of these lenses due to some adjustments in the manufacturing process. These lenses are now due to be released in March 2011.
Canon would like to apologise to any customers who will be inconvenienced by these delays. ”
This from a Canon UK press release.
29th A new 24-70 II (no IS) patent mentioned at CR
The US patent number listed (2010-243636) comes up as a ceramic hob using pat2pdf.org (using 20100243636) perhaps not a US patent – Japanese info anyone?
28th A new 100-400 is on it’s way according to a mis-timed remark at yesterday’s Canon event in London. Can’t say who said it, but they should know…
26th In Sweden, a pre-ordered 70-300/4-5.6L IS not expected until ‘late December’ according to a Canon source (this was announced in August BTW)
14th Some Canon movies using the new 8-15 zoom fisheye (links via our EF8-15 info page)
11th I’m told (thanks) to expect an update for my TS/E 90 later next year – Canon have been very pleased with the uptake of the new 17/24 and the 90 is next (the 45 was not mentioned, but I’d expect it too)
As someone who uses the 90mm quite a bit for small product work, I’d be very happy to have the new system of movements – particularly with a bit more tilt
6th Expect more primes from Zeiss next year – or so their Photokina people were saying. 25/2.8 and maybe even a 135/2 look good possibilities.
28th Lots more lenses on the way? Interesting Canon interview at DCW [Google] – lots of mentions of EF mount too.
If anyone can make more sense of this I’d welcome your thoughts.
Our rumours coverage is downgraded slightly, since I’m travelling round the US Pacific NW for a while [Keith’s Travel blog]
The 24-70 is better than my old one, and I see [CR] that finally there are some solid hints about its replacement. No mention of IS or a date, but CP+ is at the start of Feb.
23rd A brand new 24-70 on its way from Canon, since spare parts were not available.
I suppose that if a 24-70 replacement comes out next year, I’ll be selling a 6 month old lens rather than a well used Dec 2003 model ;-)
Also a reminder to CPS Europe members who’ve had lenses registered with the old CPS system, to check your serial numbers online.
There was a glitch that had replaced some digits of the S/N with asterisks.
This meant that when the repairers first checked my 24-70 S/N they thought it was not CPS registered, which delayed getting me a loan from Canon Germany.
Kudos to CPS Europe though for providing a free loan lens (CPS Europe membership is free BTW)
22nd Samyang continue their range of cheaper ultrawide lenses with an 8mm fisheye, adapted for follow focus controls (video) [SY]
20th In what may or may not be significant, I’ve just heard that their are no spare parts (helicoid) available for our 24-70 2.8L.
It’s been away for repair for nearly a month. Although we’ve a CPS loan lens, it seems that we may get a brand new 24-70 instead of a repair. I’ve seen rumours based on less ;-)
With a big Canon announcement looking less likely for Photokina, we’re not expecting the mythical IS version of the 24-70 any time soon.
I’ve just published our review of the SpyderLensCal – test target for lens AF adjustment.
16th Canon TS-E lenses not expensive enough for you?
Schneider is launching some tilt/shift lenses at photokina
50mm and 90mm [PS – Google xlation]
1st Zeiss have announced the 35mm f/1.4 Distagon for Nikon and Canon [Zeiss]
The Distagon T* 1,4/35 will be available in the first quarter of 2011 at a recommended retail price of €1385.71 (excluding VAT)
Equates to ~58mm for x1.6 crop cameras.
Focal length: 35 mm
Aperture range: f/1.4 – f/16
Number of elements/groups: 11/9
Focusing range: 0.3 m – infinity
Angular field (diag./horiz./vert.): 63/54/37 °
Coverage at close range: 18 x 12 cm (close-up)
Image ratio at close range: 1:5 (close-up)
Filter thread: M 72 x 0.75
Length with caps: 120-122mm
Mounts: ZF.2 (F bayonet)
ZE (EF bayonet)
27th Canon article on ‘how to get into L lenses’ – all about the new 70-300
Canon article about new telephotos/extenders
We’ve a page set aside for 8-15 info, since I hope to get one :-)
26th A slew of new lenses announced:
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM fisheye zoom lens
EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF Extender 1.4x III and EF Extender 2x III
‘In development’ – 500mm F/4L IS II USM and the 600mm F/4L IS II USM lenses
US Lens Press info
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., August 26, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, rounds out its Summer product introductions with four new L-series lenses and two new accessory extenders for professionals and advanced amateurs. Leading the introductions, the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens is the world’s widest fisheye zoom lens, providing professional photographers and cinematographers with a unique optical tool for capturing 180˚ angle-of-view shots on all EOS Digital SLR cameras. Photographers looking for a broad focal length range with excellent image quality will enjoy the Company’s first L-series 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens, the new EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens, delivering outstanding sharpness, contrast and color fidelity in a compact, lightweight form factor. Canon is introducing two new versions of its popular super telephoto lenses, the new EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM super-telephoto lenses delivering incredible image quality at all apertures for professional photojournalists, sports and wildlife photographers. For professionals and advanced amateurs looking to push their L-series Canon telephotos to the limit, the Company is proud to upgrade its two popular extenders with the new Canon Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III for additional telephoto reach and exceptional clarity. Photographers will immediately notice that the latest Canon L-series telephoto lenses and extenders have a more neutral white tone compared to earlier models. This new shade of white will be used with all L-series telephoto lenses and extenders beginning in the second half of 2010. The introductions of these Canon lenses have been timed with Canon’s latest camera introduction, the Canon EOS 60D Digital SLR camera, designed for advanced amateurs and emerging professional photographers.
“Canon’s core has always been our optics, and we are constantly challenging ourselves to produce better and more advanced optical systems for our customers. These six new products advance the state of the art in Canon lens technology and provide new and innovative tools for professionals and advanced amateur photographers,” stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens
Note: we have an info page just for this lens
With its unique focal length range, the EF 8-15mm f/4L USM is the world’s widest fisheye zoom lens. It delivers 180 degree diagonal angle of view images for all EOS SLR cameras with imaging formats ranging from full-frame to APS-C, and provides degree circular fisheye images for full-frame EOS models. Professional photographers and cinematographers will revel in the unique perspectives afforded to them through this lens, particularly when coupled with the highly popular full-frame EOS 5D Mark II DSLR camera. Canon’s new Fisheye zoom lens features both UD and aspherical lens elements to enhance image quality and is equipped with rubber gaskets and seals to enhance weather resistance. Canon’s proprietary SWC (Sub Wavelength Structure Coating) is used to minimize flare and a new fluorine anti-smear coating is applied to the front and rear elements to make lens cleaning easier than ever.
The Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens is expected to be available in January of 2011 for an approximate retail price of $1,400.
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens
Compact and lightweight, yet durable and professionally sharp, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens is the ideal telephoto zoom lens for advanced amateurs looking for that extra reach to bring a subject in tight and close. Providing the power and durability to maximize every shooting opportunity, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens features two UD ultra-low dispersion glass elements for enhanced sharpness, L-series weather and dust sealing for shooting in harsh conditions, improved mechanical design, and streamlined ergonomics to help avoid inadvertent mode switch operation. The shapes of the lens elements and their coatings have been optimized to minimize ghosting and flare to produce high-contrast and high-resolution throughout the zoom range. A sophisticated floating system optical formula optimizes image quality at all distance settings and reduces minimum focusing distance by more than a foot. An updated optical image stabilization system compensates for camera shake up to an equivalent of four full shutter-speed steps, a full step improvement compared to earlier EF 70-300mm lenses. A new fluorine anti-smear coating is applied to the front and rear elements.
The Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens is expected to be available toward the end of October for an approximate retail price of $1,500.
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM is the 6th generation of a venerable family of Canon 300mm f/2.8 lenses that began in 1974, and have become famous for their exceptional sharpness, contrast and color fidelity. Ideal for a wide range of applications ranging from professional photojournalism and sports photography to nature and wildlife, Canon’s 300mm f/2.8 lenses have always led the industry with new technical advances in every generation. The EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens carries on this tradition with improved image quality, lighter weight, improved Image Stabilization and enhanced durability making it a great option for handheld work in the field. The optical formula of the new lens has been upgraded with the inclusion of two fluorite lens elements for improved image quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Helping to reduce arm fatigue, Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by 8 percent to 82.9 oz., making it the lightest weight lens in the Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 series. The Image Stabilizer provides an equivalent of approximately four full shutter speed steps of shake compensation and has been enhanced through the incorporation of a rolling-ball-friction system in place of sliding parts in the compensation optics barrel for a minimum-friction structure. The overall durability of the lens has also been enhanced through increased usage of magnesium alloy and titanium for lens barrel components, together with weather sealing for all exterior joints and switches and a new fluorine anti-smear coating applied to the front and rear elements.
The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $7,000.
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens
Quintessential for many sports assignments including baseball, football, soccer and golf, Canon’s professional 400mm f/2.8 lenses provide the light gathering capability and long telephoto reach that photographers need to freeze the action and fill the frame . The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM is the 5th generation in Canon’s 400mm f/2.8 series and the successor to the current EF 400mm introduced in 1999. The new lens has been engineered for the ultimate in optical performance through the use of two fluorite lens elements for improved quality and reduced chromatic aberration. Helping photographers in the field, Canon has reduced the overall weight of the lens by a substantial 28 percent from 189.4 oz to 135.8 oz, making it Canon’s lightest weight 400mm f/2.8 lens ever. The Image Stabilizer provides an equivalent of approximately four full shutter speed steps of shake compensation and has been enhanced through the incorporation of a rolling-ball-friction system in place of sliding parts in the compensation optics barrel for a minimum-friction structure. The overall durability of the lens has also been enhanced through increased usage of magnesium alloy and titanium for lens barrel components, together with weather sealing for all exterior joints and switches and a new fluorine anti-smear coating is applied to the front and rear elements.
The Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $11,000.
Canon Extender EF 1.4x III & Canon Extender EF 2x III
The two new EF extenders are direct replacements of the current extenders offered by Canon as essential accessories for professionals. These new extenders have been designed to provide faster autofocusing and improved autofocus precision with compatible EF lenses. Each extender includes an anomalous dispersion lens element for reduced chromatic aberration and enhanced optical image quality. Each extender also features a newly developed microcomputer that increases AF precision when the extenders are used with a IS Series II EF super-telephoto lens. Both extenders are equipped with rubber gaskets and seals to enhance weather resistance. A new fluorine anti-smear coating is applied to the front and rear elements of both extenders.
The Canon Extender EF 1.4x III & Canon Extender EF 2x III are expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $500 each.
New Lens Features
In addition to an anti-reflection multi-coating, the front and rear elements of all newly announced EF lenses and extenders are treated with Canon’s new fluorine anti-smear lens coating. The fluorine layer is highly oil- and water-repellent so that any oil smears or water droplets on the lens can be wiped off quickly and easily without the aid of solvents using a soft dry cloth. These four new lenses and two new extenders are the first of their type to employ fluorine coating, and it is expected that this new feature will enhance the usability of the lenses during adverse shooting conditions.
The new Series II EF super-telephoto lenses can correct camera shake up to four full shutter speed steps, compared to two shutter speed steps for the original versions. This improvement is made possible by a new low-friction stabilizer mechanism that is not only more efficient than the previous design but also smaller and lighter. Other enhancements to the IS systems of both new super telephoto lenses have enabled quieter operation ideal for use during video capture.
Providing professional sports and wildlife photographers with greater tracking flexibility, Canon has introduced a third Image Stabilization mode option to its new EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses. When mode 3 is selected on the lens, the image stabilization effect will not be seen in the viewfinder. When the shutter button is pressed halfway, the lens will begin detecting camera or lens movement and only during exposure, when the shutter is fully depressed, will the Image Stabilization engage and provide the equivalent of four stops faster compensation for blur-free images. The new Mode 3 is particularly useful when a photographer does not want to see the IS working in the viewfinder while tracking a moving subject.
Helping moviemakers achieve smoother and more appealing focus shifts when filming on EOS DSLR cameras, Canon has included a new Power Focus (PF) mode on the Company’s two new super telephoto lenses. This mode allows manual rack focusing to be operated smoothly by turning a playback ring that is normally used for the focus preset function. Both low-speed and high-speed focus shifting are available.
Additionally, a new security slot attachment has been included on both new super-telephoto lenses to allow a wire-type security lock to be easily affixed, a great safety feature for professionals shooting from high vantage points above arenas and crowds.
18th Lens suggestions [EN French]
100-300L, upgraded 300/400/500/600 with new IS
There is an interesting suggestion of an 8-12mm wide angle (presumably EF-S and equiv to ~12-20mm)
See also more analysis and suggestions [CR]
17th Two updated big white lenses expected [CR]
300 2.8L IS and 600 4L IS are top suggestions for update.
10th Seems that Canon has had a clearout of its lens listings [EFL] and the following have been retired
Canon EF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM
Canon EF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM
Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
I’ve updated the chronology of EF lenses below, that shows up the old primes even more clearly as their contemporary zooms are discontinued,
23rd We had the comment (thanks) that a 16-50 f/4L H-IS is indeed in the works and being actively tested.
Should replace the 17-40, but not the 16-35, since there is a strong demand for f/2.8
Said to be very sharp compared to the 16-35II with the H-IS (hybrid IS as per the 100mm macro) working well in video modes. H-IS is suggested as a possibility for a much larger range of L lenses at the shorter end.
14th An image in a collection on a Danish site [p51 of the pdf at Zoom] is tagged as being taken with a 1Ds3 and 24-70 2.8L IS
6th A report (thanks) that we are to see
EF 60 f/2.8 H-IS USM Macro, EF 200 f/4 H-IS L Macro, EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS – shipping by September.
The 200 would replace the  180/3.5 Macro, whilst the current 50/2.5 macro is of 1987 vintage.
5th Thanks for the ongoing reports of lens shortages. I’m minded to thing that most reflect supply shortages in different parts of the world. An example would be the  400/5.6L, shown as not available until the end of October in Norway – what to make of this? well I somehow don’t see it as a priority in Canon’s lens update programme [was £750 in 2008, now £1100] – the 100-400 is a much more popular candidate for renewal.
Meanwhile at CR there is a 60/2.8 IS Macro and the ever present 24-70 2.8 IS added to the mix…
23rd 24-70 supply is the shortage of choice at CR today…
20th We’re getting lots of comments (thanks) about lens shortages. So whilst in Canada [CR] there are shortages of lenses such as the 50/1.4 – I hear it’s still in stock at FV in Norway and here in the UK.
3rd A new version of the 100-400L ? Long expected in the ‘due for replacement’ rumours – We’re told a Norwegian site thinks so? [FV]
As ever, we’re minded to treat unannounced products in vendor lists as either typos or publicity ;-)
29th Updated versions of the 50 and 85 f/1.2? IS for the 135/2 [CR]. We’ve not had any reliable lens info for a while, other than various shortages, which don’t seem to give any real insight.
It’s worth noting that so far, only one lens has been announced this year (see the EF lens chronologybelow).
The long rumoured 24-70 IS [24-70 is 2002 vintage] is a popular suggestion and the 35L is looking old . Some time ago we were told that a Canon answer to the Nikon 14-24 was ‘on the way’…
Have a browse of the dates – what sells? what’s looking old (my 1987 15mm FishEye for one ;-)
17th According to comments we’ve received, attributed to two dealers in Europe, the Euro currency slide is about to hit, with a 10% rise in Canon prices (mostly lenses) before long.
I note that the UK pound is rising against the Euro – i.e. not falling quite as fast against the Dollar and Yen – perhaps this means we’re not so likely to get the full rise – but then with VAT probably set to rise in the UK, it might not be a good time to delay those lens purchase thoughts…
11th IS gets added to a remake of the 135/2 at CR – there’s also a 60mm Macro with IS.
7th We hear (thanks) that the Mk1 version of the 70-200 2.8L IS is marked as ‘discontinued at Canon HK
6th The new 70-200 2.8L IS II is reviewed at DPR
30th Thanks to CR, we have an estimate of what one segment of ‘customer demand’ might be.
The 24-70 IS, followed by a 14-24…
Given current UK happenings, we’re avoiding polls and treating them all with suitable suspicion :-)
29th Along with the 60D next month and 1Ds4 in August we’ve been told to expect several lenses that are a “direct answer to customer demand” – no hint yet though as to what that demand actually amounts to…
25th A comment (thanks) about testing of a new 24-70 lens. Goes to f/2.8 and has IS. An all new lens, bigger than the existing 24-70 (and 24-105) and of noticeably better image quality. Described as somewhat “handsome and very beer-canish in build, very chunky and solid”
24th The 24-70 2.8 IS gets a mention at CR along with talk of possible shortages of the 35L (which is a 1998 vintage lens). For some time we’ve been told to expect the 24-70 upgrade to be announced with the 1Ds4 – perhaps a modern version of the 35L too?
23rd Still no sign of any upcoming Canon events, but there are Nikon lenses being talked about[NR]
22nd Three videos from Canon about making the EF500/4 lens [KB] – no signs of any update/replacement any time soon.
14th If no new Canon version of the 85mm, then how about a Nikon 85/1.4 image stabilised[NR]. We’re also told (thanks) that Canon will ‘match’ the Nikon 14-24 this year, but no specs.
13th The 24-70 2.8 IS gets a mention at CR
8th I note a suggestion [in a Linked In group] that the 85/1.2 II is to be replaced by a f/1.1
2nd New 24-70 in a couple of weeks? [POTN]. Unfortunately I’ve had comments sent in suggesting ‘soon’ for quite some time now. I’ve not seen any signs of any launch events in the next couple of weeks…
27th How about a Mk2 version of the 400/2.8L ? [BL]
Most of the longer ‘old’ IS lenses will get replaced, but note the April 1st date …even if it is a 1999 vintage lens [lens dates] for the IS version and 1991 for the old non IS ;-)
I don’t particularly see Canon bringing in a new non IS version.
BTW after several requests I’ve expanded our local (East Mids UK) photo training to cover TS-E lenses. I’ve also started a directory for other pro photographers who also offer specialist ‘121’ training.
22nd Canon say that the new 70-200 is in short supply [DPR]
17th A suggestion that the 24-70 is nearly here [CR]. It’s the sort of lens that would be expected for a 1Ds4 announcement.
12th Although the 15mm is in the rebate list below, at CR it’s suggested that it will be an 8mm EF-S fisheye that we get to see.
Our last comment (albeit last year) about fisheye lenses said that they would be EF.
8mm would give a full 180 degree on EF and not quite fill the frame for APS-C.
An EF-S equivalent of the EF15 would be ~10mm.
If it was an 8/9mm rectilinear lens giving ultra wide for EF-S, then that -would- be an interesting development.
I regularly use the 15mm, often with the very useful Fisheye-hemi plugin [review]
If you are not used to using fisheye lenses, this shows the different coverage.
Diagram below is from the review (via Image Trends).
Meanwhile, I’m wondering what lenses to take along for my wedding tomorrow – so many choices, particularly since at Northlight, you couldn’t persuade me to do wedding work if you paid twice our top rates ;-) Now to remember how to use my 580EX and find out where the self timer lever is on my 1Ds3 ;-)
8th US rebates via Adorama
|Lens||Rebate||Lens||+5D Mark II||+5D Mark II Kit|
|200 2||$500||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|85 1.2||$130||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|50 1.2||$100||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|16-35||$100||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|45 2.8 TS-E||$80||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|24-70||$80||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|100 2.8 IS||$65||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|15 2.8||$45||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|135 2.8||$35||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|100 2||$30||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|580ex II||$25||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|430ex II||$15||Item info||Item info||Item info|
|16-35 & 580||Item info|
|24-70 & 580||Item info|
|50 1.2& 580||Item info|
|85 1.2 & 580||Item info|
5th Lens rebates in the US – 7th March to 3rd April
Clearing stocks for updates? (TS-E 45, 15mm FE and 24-70?)
WPPI trade show is next week (8-10 March) Focus (UK) (7-10 March)
21st A slew of new lenses from Sigma all due (eventually) in EF mounts [OS is image stabilised]
19th An announcement suggested for next week (1Ds4?)
We’ve been told to expect several lenses, although no details were at hand. The ‘long awaited’ 24-70 2.8 IS is a popular suggestion [CR] . With one comment we received [thanks], saying that I’d be happy with a new fisheye?
17th Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2 patent spotted via CR
9th No Canon lenses appeared with the 550D yesterday.
Two from Nikon though, a 24/1.4 and an image stabilised 16-35/4
Most popular rumour lens in the forums is still split between 100-400 and the 24-70/2.8 IS. Meanwhile Canon UK still has a load of lenses listed incorrectly as ‘New’.
27th The EF-X lens mount is mentioned for a potential ‘EVIL’ compact.
Oh, and there are still the ‘new’ lenses on the Canon UK site…
17th I note that Canon UK have fixed the link describing the 1Ds3 as ‘New’ but still have more lenses listed as ‘new’ on the image stabilised lens page on the UK Canon site
13th In Germany, it’s suggested that the 100-400 is on its way out via CR
11th We’re told that CPS will have a good stock of the new 70-200 to let people try at some upcoming major sporting events…
8th An assortment of Canon lens patents at CR
Includes an interesting zoom fisheye lens, although perhaps a bit long at 15-24
7th Not content with the 1Ds3 as ‘new’, the following lenses get the same treatment on the UK Canon site
These three are pretty new:
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 200mm f/2L IS USM
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
These are not so new:
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM 
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM 
EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM 
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM 
“The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM is supplied with several accessories, including the new ET-87 Lens Hood and the Ring-Type Tripod Collar B (W). A brand new Lens Case LZ1326 is also included as standard, offering quick and easy access when users need to switch lenses in time-pressured situations.
Compatibility with a range of optional Canon accessories also allows users to pair the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM with the Lens Extender EF 1.4x II, Lens Extender EF 2x II, Extension Tube EF 12 II, Extension Tube EF 25 II, and 77mm filters.
Reduced minimum focusing distance of 1.2 metres (3.9 ft) [20cm closer than Mk1] and improved 0.21x magnification.
Updated Image Stabilizer mechanism also offers a shutter speed advantage equivalent to four-stops”
Full press info Canon Europe, Canon UK & DPR. MTF charts at TDP
A suggested price from Canon France is 2800 Euro – End January
The UK price comes in at an eye watering £2,800 inc. VAT [PP] well over twice what I paid for my Mk1 version – Is it that much better?
Thanks to all the people sending in the TDP link below, but it doesn’t actually say anything much more than state it’s an error – no source or authority.
I notice that with the 70-200 announcement, many items have returned to their normal positions on the Canon US site. A careful look at the discontinued page still shows both EF (II) extenders listed, along with the two macro flash units.
I hear [thanks] that no-one at Canon noticed the mass retirement of lenses on the Canon US site for quite some time ;-)
4th We’ve had lots of speculation (thanks) about the ‘Missing lenses’ but as yet, no real info.
At TDP there is a suggestion that this is just a website glitch… ah yes, the 2010 bug
3rd It seems that lots of lenses have vanished from the Canon US site. [POTN] & [DPR]
There is a suggestion [CR] of a Canon product announcement for February 9th
There is a product archive page at Canon US where a lot of these lenses appear.
Also there is the EOS 1V on the ‘retired’ page – no more film?
We’ve had comments to expect a few new lenses this year, but nothing on this scale. Some still suggest a web site management snafu as more likely than replacing so many lenses.
These are marked as discontinued, for starters…
Wide Angle (Prime)
EF 15mm f2.8 fisheye
Standard and Medium Telephoto (Prime)
EF 50mm f1.4 USM
EF 50mm f1.8 II
EF 135mm f2L USM
EF 135mm f2.8 with Softfocus
EF 200mm f2.8L II USM
EF 300mm f2.8L IS USM
EF 300mm F4L IS USM
Super Telephoto (Prime)
EF 400mm f2.8L IS USM
EF 400mm f4 DO IS USM
EF 400mm f5.6L USM
EF 500mm f4L IS USM
EF 600mm f4L IS USM
EF 50mm f2.5 compact macro
MP-E 65mm f2.8 1-5x macro
EF 180mm f3.5L macro USM
TS-E 45mm f2.8
TS-E 90mm f2.8
I suspect it could be an expensive year for some…