The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens is in the final stages of development as an inside source is claiming that a team of photographers is testing the product before its 2014 launch.
Canon is selling a really nice prime lens with a focal length of 35mm and a very bright aperture of f/1.4. This EF-mount optic is still selling well and it is among the favorites of full frame DSLR owners, who see it as the perfect wide-angle lens.
Nevertheless, internet users who are keeping tabs on Canon have spotted several patents that hint at a replacement for this product. The rumor mill has also spoken about it on a number of occasions, but the new version is not here, yet, and it is highly unlikely that it is coming by the end of this year.
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens is in trials ahead of 1H 2014 release date
The good thing is that the replacement will most likely become available sometime in the first half of 2014 as Canon has begun testing the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens.
Sources familiar with the matter are reporting that this product is in the hands of a few “select photographers” who need to check out whether the optic is ready for launch or not.
If the photographers find something wrong with the lens, then the manufacturer has enough time to fix the issues before kickstarting the mass production.
Bigger, but lighter than the current Canon 35mm f/1.4 model
Inside people have confirmed that the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens is bigger than the model currently available on the market. However, it is lighter, which will certainly make it even more appealing to photographers.
It appears that the company has opted for a 77mm filter thread and a new coating to reduce reflections that cause all those annoying aberrations in your photos.
Other specifications remain unknown, although the same thing cannot be said about the release date. The 35mm wide-angle prime lens is reportedly coming in the first part of next year.
Current Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L model is still going strong
The current generation, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L lens comes with an UltraSonic Motor, an aspherical element, inner focusing and floating system, manual focus, and a 72mm filter thread.
Its weight stands at 20.5 ounces, while its diameter stands at 3.1-inches and its length at 3.4-inches, respectively. At the time of writing this article, it is available for $1,329 at Amazon.