Canon is rumored to announce two wide-angle zoom lenses with a constant maximum aperture of f/4, both of them being two very expensive optics.
As stated in our previous articles, Canon’s “year of the lenses” is not going as planned. This is why it is wrong to get your hopes high based on rumors, as the quotes are sometimes misunderstood.
Even though the company may still launch dozens of lenses by the end of 2014, a lot of photographers are frustrated that not a single new model has showed up during the first four months of the year.
Thankfully, this is about to change. Once again, the rumor mill is claiming that Canon is working on two new wide-angle zoom lenses and that both of them will become official sometime in the near future.
Canon 11-24mm f/4 lens to be announced soon, possibly as EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 replacement
The first product appears to consist of the Canon 11-24mm f/4 lens. For the time being, we should mention that it is unknown whether this is an EF or EF-S optic, so we will have to wait to find out if it has been designed for DSLR cameras with full frame or APS-C image sensors.
Sources are reporting that the maximum aperture of f/4 is constant throughout the zoom range. Its internal design or remainder of the specs are also unknown to us.
An inside person is claiming that this optic will replace the EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5, suggesting that the new model will be designed for APS-C DSLRs, too. The current version is available at Amazon for a little under $600
Nevertheless, another person is claiming that this optic will be “expensive”, thus it is more likely to be developed for full frame cameras.
Pricey Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS lens should also become official in the near future
The second product is the Canon 16-35mm f/4 IS lens. This one will definitely feature built-in image stabilization technology, in order to compensate for camera shakes and prevent blur from appearing in photos.
Once more, its mount is unknown, so it could be aimed at either full frame or APS-C DSLR cameras. Another thing that we can be certain of, consists of its price tag, which will be set very high.
As a result, this could mean that it will be designed for Canon shooters will full frame sensors. As for the announcements date of both lenses, it is said to occur “soon”.
Last but not least, it seems like a new Canon EF 100-400mm lens will be launched this year and will be priced somewhere around $3,000.