It looks like image stabilization is coming to the world of Canon’s 85mm lenses for the first time. Canon will reportedly be announcing a new 85mm f/1.4L IS lens and three other lenses in late August 2017.
Canon Rumors reports that new 85mm was among a collection of not-yet-announced Canon equipment that was submitted for certification over in Japan.
While specs and pricing are not yet known for this 85mm f/1.4L IS, what’s known is that it will not be a direct replacement for the Canon 85mm f/1.2 II, which will continue to be produced and sold “for the foreseeable future.”
The 85mm f/1.4L IS will be a new lens in Canon’s 85mm family, which will then consist of a low-end 85mm f/1.8 for enthusiasts, a high-end 85mm f/1.2 II for professionals, and the new 85mm f/1.4L IS for professionals who would rather have image stabilization and f/1.4 than a f/1.2 maximum aperture.
The current 85mm f/1.8 and 85mm f/1.2 II cost $369 and $1,899, respectively, and it remains to be seen how the new 85mm will stack up price-wise.
Details are scarce on the other 3 lenses that will soon be announced. We’ll find out about this new gear soon enough, and it should start hitting store shelves sometime this fall. Stay tuned.