Image-Stabilized Version of the Canon 24-70 f/2.8L Rumored to be Floating Around

When Canon unveiled the followup lens to its popular Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 L back in February, many photographers found it strange that the lens eschewed Image Stabilization even while two wide-angle prime lenses announced at the same time had IS. After all, a $2,300 lens that extends to 70mm on the telephoto end seems like it would benefit more from stabilization than 24mm and 28mm lenses. If you’ve been yearning for a “Brick” (as the 24-70mm used to be called) with IS, here’s some good news: the lens reportedly exists, and may already be floating around in the wild for initial tests.

Craig Blair over at Canon Rumors writes,

I have received two separate communications in regards to an EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS being in the wild in prototype form. We knew this prototype has existed for quite some time, however we figured the concept was dead with the release of the EF 24-70 f/2.8L II. Canon would bring this lens to market alongside the non-IS version. Canon already does this with the 70-200 f/2.8s & 70-200 f/4s, so it’s possible they bring it to the standard zooms as well.

If Canon did decide to follow the 70-200mm pattern of releasing IS versions alongside non-IS versions, we can expect the 24-70mm f/2.8 II IS to be heftier in both weight and price tag compared to its more shake-prone sibling.

  • cunguez

    Releasing stabilized and non-stabilized zooms of the same max aperture and focal length within the same year (much less within 2 to 3) is totally unprecedented. And while (finally) having an IS version would certainly be welcomed, I cant imagine the price tag given the going rate for the Mark II, not to mention how exquisitely pissed most new Mark II owners would be ( the Canon bashing will commence in 3, 2, 1….)

  • jesseyardley

    Will it cost $3500 bucks?

  • John Kantor

    IS on anything less than a 135 is just a gimmick for charging more.

  • leaf

    if they start making leaf shutter lens, I would be more happier :)

  • Elvis Vegas

    For shooting photos I might agree with you, but for video, IS even on a 24mm makes a huge difference.

  • Tony Cashen

    Just received an offer from Canon to trial the new 24-70 2.8 is, so the rumours are true

  • JBib

    Do you have documentation?

  • JBib

    Actually, with regards to IS, aperture plays just as much if not more of a role in the marketing of IS on any SLR lens. In particular IS is used to make sharp lenses with slower apertures marketable to enthusiasts/semipro consumers that would otherwise likely choose a lower cost substitute. (In other words sometimes IS is the element that keeps a product reasonably marketable to begin with.)

    Moreover sometimes as in the case of the new 70-200 its just easier to market one product with IS, especially if it was already incorporated in the previous “generation’s” model. In the case of this lens it was however incorporated sooner because as you pointed out camera shake is perceived as more noticeable at longer focal lengths.

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  • Greg

    Canon has to release a 24-70mm f/2.8 IS soon – people are flocking in droves to the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 VC (which is the same as IS).

  • Michael

    Still not here. Guess I’ll have to go with a Tamron