Last week we reported on rumors of an upcoming Canon 24-70mm f/4 IS lens. The latest word is that the lens is “coming soon”, and won’t be announced alone. In addition to updating the popular 24-70mm focal range with image stabilization — useful for video recording — Canon may also be planning to announcing a second lens, reportedly an image-stabilized followup to the much-loved Canon 50mm f/1.4.
Canon Rumors writes that two different sources have sent in information about a soon-to-arrive Canon 50mm. It is said to be a Canon 50mm f/1.4 IS that’ll carry a price tag of $799.
The current 50mm f/1.4 was first released back in June of 1993, which makes it quite old in terms of lens years and the perfect candidate for a refresh. The 50mm f/1.8 II, also known as the “thrifty fifty”, is also pretty old — it was first released in December 1990 — but will likely be succeeded by an affordable lens rather than one pushing the $1,000 mark.
Canon Rumors also writes that the 24-70mm IS may carry a price tag of $849 and weigh just 545g. By comparison, the 24-70mm f/2.8 II costs ~$2,300 and weighs 805g. The 24-105mm f/4 IS costs ~$1,100 and weighs 670g. $849 and 545g would make the upcoming lens the cheapest and lightest of the Canon lenses in this range by far.
Let’s cross our fingers and hope that these rumors are true.
P.S. Other lenses that are rumored to be on Canon’s roadmap include a 14-24mm f/2.8L, 100-400mm f/4-5.6L IS II, 135mm f/2L IS, and 35mm f/1.4L II.