Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lenses announced

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Canon officially announced their new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM (pre-order for $1,499.00) and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM (pre-order for $849.99) lenses at the same time Nikon introduced their D5200 DSLR camera:

Canon U.S.A. "Widens" Its Offerings And "Zooms In" On Creative Optics With The Introduction Of Two New Professional Lenses

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 5, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the Company's EF lens family, the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lenses. Each of these two lenses features unique optical attributes for a variety of situations. The new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM has macro shooting capabilities at the telephoto end and the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM adds Canon's proprietary Image Stabilization (IS) to this popular prime lens focal length.

"The lens is the window to creativity, providing the unique perspective and vantage that allows photographers to turn a scene into art. It is our pleasure to introduce two lenses that will enable a wide range of photographers in diverse disciplines to explore their creativity through these new options," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens

Featuring dynamic L-series optical performance in a compact, lightweight and durable design, the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is well suited for all levels of advanced photography on the go. The ideal companion to Canon's full-frame Digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 6D, the lens features a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the entire zoom range with 15 lens elements in 12 groups including two aspherical and two UD lens elements and a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens delivers gorgeous images with excellent detail at all focal lengths and includes a macro feature at the telephoto end with a 0.2m/7.9-inch minimum focusing distance and Canon's Hybrid IS system (with up to four stops of stabilization). The macro feature can be engaged through a switch on the lens barrel. In addition, the lens features inner focusing and a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for quiet, fast autofocus, and has full-time mechanical manual focus that's enabled even during AF operation. Compact at only 93mm in length, with excellent dust and water resistance, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens has a fluorine coating on the front and rear elements for easy maintenance and cleaning.

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is supplied with a lens pouch and reversible lens hood. It is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $1,499.00.

Canon Standard Prime Lens with Optical Image Stabilizer: EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens

The successor to Canon's EF 35mm f/2, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is a compact and lightweight wide-angle prime lens that provides a high level of image quality and functionality. The optics and mechanical workings are designed to improve image quality in the lens's periphery and provide faster and quieter AF than its predecessor, as well as Optical IS and optional full-time manual focus, all in a durable lens body with a high-grade design. Featuring a circular aperture diaphragm and lens coatings optimized for minimal ghosting and flare, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens achieves beautiful, soft backgrounds and amazing image quality.

The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $849.99.

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  • artk

    nice zoom, I liiiike

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.gibson.184 Mike Gibson

    Two more ridiculously over priced lenses from Canon

    • jw48335

      yep

    • Drazen Babich

      ‘Fraid so…:(

  • Guest

    Holy guacomole, where them troll comments?
    1.5K for f/4 or 2.4K for f/2.8?
    Gosh, as a Nikon user, glad I don’t have to make that choice ….
    (for you Canon trolls, sarcasm alert …)

    • http://photorumors.com/ PhotoRumors

      The trolls are gone with the new commenting system :)

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VJMPHCLBJMD6QA4EHRPXHP3MMM JK

    Holy Guacamole, where them troll comments?
    1.5K for f/4 or 2.4K for f/2.8 …
    Gosh, as a Nikon user, glad I don’t have to make that choice …
    (for you Canon trolls, sarcasm alert …)

  • gt

    Yes, replace the 24-105 (which covers 95% of many professionals needs) with one that does not, and raise the price by 50 %. Sell 2 over priced zoom lenses when one did the job. Called profit motive, not meeting customers needs. (I would have gladly paid 2,000 for a 24-135 that matched the quality of my 24-105)

    I.S. on a 35 f2 big deal, at 1/4 of a second most human subjects blur from their movement. Not much help for $800

    Doesn’t Nikon make a 24-120?

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      What makes you think the 24-70/4L is a replacement for the 24-105/4L? Did Canon say that?

  • Mark

    Why not upgrade the 35/2 to a F/1.8?

    • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

      Increasing the max aperture is not always an upgrade.

      • Mark

        Sure, but it’s almost never a downgrade. A 35/1.8 would perform just as well at F/2 as a 35/2, I’m sure.

        • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

          No you got it the other way around. But people find larger aperture lenses being just as good as small aperture lenses (at same apertures) because the latter are made as budget lenses with inferior designs.

  • jw48335

    I had been considering a 6D, but this is just stupid. I’m going D600. No wonder Canon’s financial numbers are in the dumps and Nikon is rocking. Sony is the really interesting one though. They’ve got the best mirrorless lineup (all the way through full-frame) and now that A99 looks nicer than the 5dmk3.

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