Canon 50mm f/1.4 II on the Horizon?

Canon is reportedly working on a followup to its popular 50mm f/1.4 lens. Canon Rumors reports that it has received tips on the lens being tested in the wild and published on some equipment price lists. Unlike the reasonable ~$370 price tag found on the current version, this new lens will reportedly hit shelves at a price of $849. Hopefully that price is a typo though, or thrifty fifty diehards won’t be upgrading to it anytime soon.

(via Canon Rumors)

  • Rūdolfs Rancāns

    only 849???!!! why not a thousand?

  • jdm8

    I don’t see myself replacing my 1.4 for anywhere near that price. Maybe after they’re done soaking the early adopters and they drop the price.

  • Thewirehead

    Most of Canon’s new lens lineup is far more expensive than the old. Seems like thus far though the quality of the lenses (according to tests/reviews) is that much better than the old… Probably has to do with better manufacturing/more expensive materials/economics so cost is higher.

  • jAye

    i’d like to know when’s the best time to use a 50mm lens?

  • kokomo

    Wow, I’ll just save a few more 100s and go with the 50L instead if thats the price.

  • David Rychart

    Just bought a 1.4 a couple weeks ago and boy am I glad I have it now. I’d bet if they stop making the original 1.4 and only the 1.4 II for $850 even the one I have will go up in price.

  • David Rychart

    It’s an all-around awesome lens, with a full frame camera. Provides a very natural field of view. I use it as my primary lens.

  • jAye

    what’s the difference if i have an 18-55mm lens? Tnx

  • Georgia Schofield

    The 18-55mm is probably the worst lens on the canon range. It’s a “kit” lens. The 50mm 1.4 has a much wider aperture and the 50L even more so at 1.2! 18-55 is 3.5-5.6 from memory. Also the quality of image is a lot better in a 50mm.
    the 50mm 1.8 is in your EF range as the simplest one with very average glass in it, beware this lens breaks very easily with a drop, but it only costs around $130US.
    The 50mm (mark 1) 1.4 is one of my favourite lenses, mostly because it’s cheap but has USM glass quality (which is canon’s midrange), caution ’cause this breaks the auto-focus motor inside if you drop it, although it is more durable than the 1.8.
    Then the 50mm L series 1.2 is basically the best lens in the world…. No but really, it’s pretty damn good, it’s extremely durable, weather resistant (as most L lenses are – just don’t go drowning them), 1.2 aperture, beAUTIful images, seriously stunning. It’s easily the sharpest production lens on the market. but costs somewhere around $1700US? (correct me if I’m wrong, they’re about $2300NZ in New Zealand).
    If you have no money then buy a 1.8, your photos will be better for it A, because of the quality, and B, because of the restraints of have no zoom, it will push you to be more creative.
    Do it.

  • jAye

    Thank you. What i have is canon lens EF 50mm 1:1.8 II micro0.45/1.5ft

  • Andrea Eos Love

    mit 600€, kann ich Planar 50 1.4 haben !!!

  • lexplex

    I love my 50mm f1.4. I’ve got a couple of L series zooms but at the moment I’m just carrying my 6D with the 50mm on it day-to-day when not on assignment. It’s lightweight, compact and it forces me to be more create with my framing. Combine the fast aperture with the 6D’s incredible low light ISO abilities and the versatility is just AMAZING. I’ll happily stick with this while I save up for the 85mm f1.2L.

  • Dhanesh

    With IS???