Portrait photographers who have been hoping for an affordable alternative to Canon’s 85mm f/1.2L, you’ve got reason to celebrate. It sounds like Canon is going to be releasing an 85mm f/1.4L IS USM in 2017!
The news comes from Canon Rumors, but before you write this off as “just another rumor,” know that the site is certain this lens is on the way. The 85mm f/1.4L will arrive sometime in 2017, CR just doesn’t know when exactly… yet.
This lens is going to be a big deal for portrait photographers who prefer using Canon lenses. The 85mm f/1.2L costs $1,850, and the only other 85mm lens Canon makes, the 85mm f/1.8 USM, isn’t an L lens. The 85mm f/1.4L, when it arrives, will no doubt fall somewhere between the f/1.8’s $350 price tag and the much more expensive f/1.2. It’s even possible the f/1.4L will replace the f/1.2L entirely.
That’s all we know for now, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as more information leaks. We expect this product to be one of the most anticipated lenses of 2017.