Give us your 2008 Canon EOSNew Lens Prediction!

Started Dec 18, 2007 | Discussions thread
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Eric Sorensen
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Give us your 2008 Canon EOSNew Lens Prediction!

It's fun to speculate about new lenses coming out. We can be assured there will be some new ones, but what will they be? A new 5D replacement will surely bring out a new lens, too. Also, a new digital rebel will probably bring one out.

So I'll start:

We already know about the 800 f5.6, 200 f2, which were announced to be "under developmenet" back in October 2007. I bet we will see those toward the end of 2008

When we see the new 400D or XTi, I really think there will be a EF-S 35mm f1.4 anounced with it. Might be a 30mm. I don't see how long Canon can go without one of these - Sigma is selling their 30mm DC like crazy (especially to Nikon D40 users, but that's getting off topic)

The new 5D annoucement is a tough one to predict which lens will come with it. There are not a lot of lenses that need updates right now (except the 50 f1.4 - with distance info and faster focus). The 100-400L people keep saying needs updating, but really, it's a great lens just the way it is. I hear people complain about the 24L not being as good as the 35L, but it doesn't seem that bad from what I've seen.

You know, an obvious lens needed is an extension of the F4L lineup to the wide end - a 12-24 F4L Maybe even a 12-28 or 12-35 F4L. It would put the hurt on that Nikon 14-24 f2.8 and the Sigma 12-24. But I don't see that happening. I also don't see a much needed 100-300 F2.8 or a 200-400 F4, and definitly not a 300-800 f5.6. Canon will not be thought of as catching up to Nikon or Sigma. So I don't see any of the lenses above coming out next year, and maybe never.

An interesting development might be the re-make of the 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS. It's the oldest IS lens in the lineup (from 1998). We could see an updated version of this one, with maybe an expanded zoom range - like 24-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS

My last thought is an IS version of the 24-70 2.8L. Be a one-up on Nikon, since they just got their own 24-70. But this lens originally came out in 2002, so it's not that old. Plus, it works great just the way it is.

OK, let me sum up my ramblings...

My guess is the following:

In 2008 I think we will see:

EF-S 35mm f1.4 (priced at $500)
EF 24-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS or 24-70L IS (priced at $600 and $1500 respectively)

Anybody else have a guess?

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