Two New Canon Lenses Coming Soon? 24-70mm f/4 IS and 50mm f/1.4 IS

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 Canon 50mm f/1.4 was first introduced nearly 20 years ago

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.

Image credit: Photo illustration based on My Lens Lineup by crsan –, Canon EF 50mm f-1.4 USM by Peter Hellberg

  • hakaider

    Why do they think we need 24-70 F4 IS if we had 24-105 F4 IS ??

  • BVI Photo Video

    You make a good point, but if the 24-70/4L IS is 30% cheaper and also lighter, it does have its place in the Universe. I have a 17-40/4L and a 70-200/4L and I’ve been postponing the purchase of a 24-105/4L for ~3 years just because it is a bit too expensive for me. But I would gladly get a 24-70/4L IS for $300 less :)

  • hakaider

    I believe it won’t be at your mentioned cheaper range. Instead, just look at how they tag the price of 24mm f2.8 and 28mm f2.8 with IS, from something every beginner can afford to how many folds nowadays.

    I believe the optics of 24-70 f4 will always be an improvement, maybe with some extra UD, but not much targeting lower prices.

    With mk3 24-105L becomes a very trustworthy lens. I even wish a longer reach if they renew 28-135.

  • marc osborne

    If the IS in the 24-70 f4 IS was quieter than the 24-105 f4 IS .. I’d trade straight away! My top mounted Rode Video Mic Pro picks up the IS chatter when things are quiet.

  • marc osborne

    Also the 50 1.4 IS would be an awesome choice for filmmakers! Nobody ever talks about how Janky the 50 1.4 is… the focus wheel is rough and the build quality cannot take drops.

  • morph8788

    800$ for the 50mm f1.4
    900$ for the 24-70 f4
    im not interested in the 24-70 f4 but when thr 50mm f1.4 is down to 599$ i will buy it.

  •!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    “quite old in terms of lens years” … I’ve bought lenses that are more than 30 years old – I don’t have a problem buying a lens made in 1993 :P which I will be when this new IS 50mm f/1.4 comes out, the older one will be even less than the £284 current amazon price and i’ll happily pay it.

  • Michal Rosa

    The 50mm f/1.8 II, also known as the “thrifty fifty” – no it’s not. It’s known as the “nifty fifty”.

  • morph8788

    it will be a 35mm f2 not a 50mm f1.4

    also the 24-70 f4 has some nice macro abilities no other 24-xxx zoom has.

  • Nick

    50s of every kind are generally known for their niftiness – the canon 1.8 is particularly cheap, especially compared with the 1.4, hence ‘thrifty’.

  • Nikola Milasevic

    Exactly! Or ‘plastic-fantastic’.

  • Mansgame

    Why didn’t they offer IS with the f/2.8 version of the lens?

  • John Kantor

    The current 50 1.4 has really crappy autofocus. So do they fix it and come up with a new one at the same price? Of course not, silly Canon shooters.

    Canon President: “How can we double the price of our lenses?”

    Canon Marketing VP: “I know, we can add a completely unnecessary feature to them! How about Image Stabilization?”

    Canon President: “Great! Those saps will buy anything we put our logo on.”

  • Patrick Klein

    Sorry to say, but the word ‘Stabilizer’ is not wrote on the lens it self, but on the lens shell below..
    It seems the article maker had a quick Paint-shop evening!

  • Gaya Parkins

    you’re right about the word ‘Stabilizer’ but the 24-70 f4.0 has stabilizer, it’s written on canon’s website.. but i’m not certain about the new 50mm 1.4 with stabilizer, canon didn’t publish anything about this lens yet.

  • Gaya Parkins

    because this is the first 24 – 70mm with stabilizer, i found it strange that the new 24 – 70mm 2.8 II didn’t have stabilizer, but now it does make sense cause this lens, probably will be sharper at f4.0 than the 24 – 70mm 2.8 II at f4.0.

  • itai bachar

    Im not sure it will, the 24-70 is very sharp at f4.

  • Fed Up with weirdos like you

    $800 for a 50mm lens…Dear Canon….you are on drugs