Archive page of lens news and rumours from 2011
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Due caution as ever for patent related info, but that’s quite a few replacements…
11th Suggestions that we are finally about to get new versions of the 24-70 and 35/1.4 [CR] announcements before CES in early January? And a 70-200/4 IS II as well [CR]
More info too on next year’s Zeiss cine lenses [ZR]
2nd Canon UK announce a new lens ‘cashback’ scheme with offers on 14 products across the EF and EF-S lens range when purchasing an EOS 60D, EOS 7D or EOS 5D Mark II.
Lenses available in the Lens Cashback promotion:
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM £10/€12 RRP £449.99
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM £10/€12 RRP £469.99
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM £55/€60 RRP £1909.99
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM £75/€85 RRP £2639.99
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM £15/€20 RRP £649.99
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM £30/€35 RRP £1059.99
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM £25/€30 RRP £939.99
EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM £40/€45 RRP £1409.99
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM £40/€45 RRP £1449.99
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM £45/€50 RRP £1539.99
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM £50/€60 RRP £1789.99
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM £80/€90 RRP £2799.99
EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS £15/€20 RRP £629.99
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM £30/€35 RRP £1209.99
16th Hope you were not waiting for a new 500mm or 600mm lens from Canon, or even the (as yet not yet officially announced) 200-400 1.4x.
Availability has been pushed back to 2012 [RG]
Note: We have a new page for EOS Video related news and rumours
28th We’re told (thanks) that a Canadian dealer is still saying December for the 500 and 600, even going so far as to have a CPS price (usually only available, once official price info is given out nearer release)
27th Zeiss Distagon 25/2 announced in ZF and ZE mounts [ZR]
23rd We’re told (thanks) that German dealer is putting the EF 600/4.0 L IS II USM down for April 2012 delivery [ACF] I note no sign of a date at a UK dealer [PKC]
Is it really even further off than the 1D X ?
18th No new lenses with the 1D X announcement.
13th No news, but Canon UK have kindly lent me the unusual MP-E65 macro lens to experiment with – some initial notes
12th Canon patents cover designs for 65mm f/2.8 and 180mm f/3.5 macro lenses [CR]
Could the 65mm be a replacement for the 1999 vintage MP-E 65? The lens elements look much more like a traditional macro lens design though.
27th Canon have a patent describing a lens with an aperture ring – ideal for any upcoming video related announcements… [PB]
20th At last, a new 100-400 design appears in a patent [CR]
14th Along with some new 5D3 and 1Ds4 rumours come the suggestion that the 1Ds4 will appear with one zoom and two new prime lenses.
18th A Canon patent adds liveview image info to improve performance of lens IS systems (via CR)
15th Reports of price drops for the EF24-70 2.8L – a popular candidate for replacement.
14th Samyang seem to have found a niche for their relatively inexpensive, but often good quality manual focus lenses. There now seems a chance that they will be adding tilt/shift lenses to the line-up. [PR]
13th I’ve written up a review of using the EF 8-15mm f4L, showing some aspects of its performance and usage.
8th Our new 8-15 fishey has turned up. I’ll be writing up a review in due course, but have some initial info on the EF8-15 page
7th Canon US ‘instant’ rebates – until 3rd September:
|EF 14 f/2.8L II||$160|
|EF 20 f/2.8||$40|
|EF 50 f/1.2L||$120|
|EF 85 f/1.2L II||$150|
|EF-S 15-85 f/3.5-5.6 IS||$60|
|EF 70-200 f/4L IS||$100|
|EF 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS||$100|
|EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS||$100|
|EF-S 60 f/2.8 Macro||$40|
|EF 100 f/2.8L IS Macro||$70|
|EF 180 f/3.5L Macro||$100|
|Speedlite 430EX II||$30|
|Speedlite 580EX II||$50|
Any clues to what’s coming up in this lot?
Well, 14mm and 20mm sales might be hit by an upcoming 14-24
5th We’re told (thanks) that by early next year a 14mm- 560mm 4 lens zoom solution will be available (14-24, 24-70, 70-200 and 200-400 (1.4x) )
It seems that my new 8-15 is ‘on its way’ :-)
3rd A new Canon 16-35 2.8L lens patent [PR] – diffractive optics too.
Will we ever get many more of these? seems like the technology stalled a few years ago
2nd Looks like a few 8-15 fisheye lenses are currently available in the UK, but most will be filling pre-orders.
31st Something up with the 24-70 2.8L? [FX]
We hear (thanks) that some UK dealers have been told that the 24-70 is no longer going to be available with the 5D2 in a kit. It’s not listed as an option.
In rumourland, this lens has been flagged for up replacement (with/without IS for a long while)
30th Fisheye lens patents from Canon 15mm/2.8, 8mm/4 and 8-15/4 [EG]
27th Noktor 50/0.95 – possible Canon/Nikon mounts? [NR]
EF8-15 should be available in Germany in a few days I’m told (thanks)
26th EF8-15 on sale in Hong Kong? [DCF – Google xlt]
18th We hear via a UK dealer that the lens is unlikely to apear in any numbers until September/October.
15th We’re told that the 8-15mm could be available within a month.
Meanwhile, US prices appear, also suggesting an imminent release
EF 8-15mm f/4L FE $1,500
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II $7,300
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II $11,500
EF 500mm f/4L IS II $10,500
EF 600mm f/4L IS II $12,500
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS $14,000
5th We’re getting lots of reports [thanks] of new lenses that are going to arrive ‘with the flurry of new top end cameras’. Unfortunately these don’t seem to be matching up at all. So unless Canon are intending to break EF lens announcement records in the next year or so (look at the 1990’s in the lens timings below) I’m suspecting that this may just be an over keen attention to all the patents of late :-(
FYI – I was asked why I rarely used hyperfocal focusing, the other day, and have written up some notes.
2nd More Canon patents [CR] this time it’s teleconverters with diffractive optics
23nd When the new 17mm and 24mm TS-E lenses were announced, we were told that the others would be updated ‘in due course’.
Amongst new Canon patents [CR] is one for a T/S 90mm with 1:2 macro (there are 50mm and 35mm macros too)
The TS-E90mm is already one of my sharper lenses, and one that I’ve modified the shift axis for, so the new design would be useful, but nowhere near as much as I find the 17mm.
If you are fed up spending lots of money on new lenses I’ve written some short notes on how to make a cardboard lens for my 1Ds ;-)
There are a range of Nikon lens patents out too [NR]
I’ve also updated the lens chronolgy table below – If you spot an error, please do let me know!
13th CPN article about latest EF lens advances.
In the text (page 2) is a suggestion that the EF 8-15 Fisheye won’t be available until the Autumn.
Canon UK have announced a new 55-200 EF-S lens.
The EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II will be available separately and also as part of a double lens kit, bundled alongside the recently-announced EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II with EOS 550D, EOS 600D and EOS 60D. It will be available from July 2011, priced at £329.99/€369.99 RRP incl. VAT.
Canon UK Press info
28th A 1Ds4 and 3 lenses for August? [CR]
What to add to the 200-400? A new 35L and 24-70L would be well up on my list.
27th The EF200-400 is not on the list of lens due dates, and we’ve been told that there is no more info about it until after it is formally announced – probably at the same time as other product announcements (this year).
Also – stocks of the new lenses won’t be plentiful until some time after those dates given (especially since I’m told we have a big sporting event in the UK next year)
26th We’re told December 2011 for the 500 f/4L IS II and 600 f/4L IS II
Some US prices appear too:
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM: late July – $1,400
Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM: late August – $6,600
Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM: late August – $10,500
Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM: December – $9,500
Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM: December – $12,000
25th Canon UK annouce the shipping of new lenses:
“United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 25th May 2011 – Following the announcement of delays to the sales start to the following lenses :- EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM, Canon can now provide an update on the planned sales start dates for these lenses:
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM Late August, 2011
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Late August, 2011
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Late July, 2011
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Within 2011*
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM Within 2011*
Canon would like to apologise to any customers who have been inconvenienced by these delays.
*Any sales start dates will be communicated as soon as they become available.”
There are a stack of Canon lens patents at CR 35/1.4 II, 50/1.4, 300/4, 24/2.8, 28/1.8 DO
18th Two interesting patents from Nikon. A 17mm f/4 and a 10mm f/4 – both for full frame (FX) [NR]
17th Interesting article from Samsung about lens design issues and business considerations.
15th Lens rebates in the US until 18th June – don’t get too excited though
EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III, EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
13th Are we going to see new versions of the 50/1.8 and 50/1.4 from Canon? [CR]
We’ve had numerous suggestions for lens updates, but until Canon actually get round to shiping some of the lenses already announced, I’m not expecting much else new.
Whilst we’ve heard of a ‘cheaper to produce’ version of the 1995 28/1.8 to appear with the 7D – I’m not giving this much credence, and suspect that we’re as likely to see an all new 30mm as a ‘standard prime’ for 1.6x crop cameras.
27th That prematurely announced Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G is official [NR]
Whilst the CR magic 8 Ball comes up with more lenses and a ‘roadmap’
24th A raft of new lens patents [CR] 24-70 f/2.8L II, 70-300 f/4-5.6L IS, 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS
Whilst pointers to advances in lens design, they’ve often born little resemblance to what gets released.
20th We’re told that there are still no firm UK delivery dates for the 8-15 fisheye zoom, although the next month or so is suggested elsewhere [CR]
Whilst we were asking about the 8-15, we were told that in the UK there is still no information on ‘the new long lenses’ [300 & 400].
There is also suggestions of an updated 24-105 to go with the 5D mk3 [CR]
I suppose it compliments the new 24-70 for the 1Ds3 replacement…
Some more info on the recently announced Zeiss lenses for video use [ZR]
17th The 35/1.4L has been regularly up for replacement for a few years. This time there are reports of testing [CR].
We’ve had comments from two different sources (thanks) that the problems in Japan will affect availability of the major ‘L’ lenses until well into 2012 and to look towards ‘significant’ price rises as inventory runs low.
Many such lenses are only made in batches and glass production has been seriously affected. (along with local parts suppliers – see TH Apr 16th)
11th Sigma has a patent for a 500 f/4 [PR]
8th Two PL mount 4k cine lenses announced by Canon [EHD]
5th Egami has a new Canon 11mm f/2 patent from Japan [CR]
2nd Just before events in Japan we were told that there would be a few 8-15 Fisheye zoom lenses in the UK by the end of March – it seems that this lens has now been further delayed.
Next time you see complaints on a forum about lens softness – have a look at the article about the subject at CR Lots of very valid points although I personally don’t agree with the ‘~30MP’ limit on FF megapixels – the 18MP 60D that I’m currently testing can easily get usable extra detail from good lenses.
It equates to ~46MP for a 35mm sensor. One excellent take-away comment from the article…
“It is a bad time to be a pixel-peeper. If you look closely enough on a high resolution full-frame camera, chances are you’ll find some minor flaw with every lens you own. If you go through 13 copies and get one that’s just perfect, remember to never, ever upgrade your camera body, because it probably won’t be perfect on the next one. That’s just how it is: manufacturing processes are not up to the lens design and sensor resolution we have at the moment.”