The Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L II USM lens has been mentioned in a promotional video where popular filmmaker Philip Bloom is talking about using the Dual Pixel CMOS AF feature on the Canon EOS C100 camcorder.
Towards the end of February 2014, Canon released a new firmware update for the EOS C100. The changelog of the firmware included Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a feature that has been introduced in the EOS 70D DSLR camera for the first time.
This technology requires compatible hardware and it seems like it has been in the C100 before the launch of the 70D. Either way, this system allows the camera to focus on subjects faster and smoother, while also providing very accurate AF when recording videos.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L II USM lens mentioned in video about using the EOS C100 with Dual Pixel support
Sometime in March 2014, Canon has worked with Philip Bloom, a very gifted and popular filmmaker, in order to create a promotional video detailing the capabilities of the C100 camcorder with Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology.
Although the video has been uploaded to Canon’s official Vimeo account for everyone to see since March, an important piece of information has gone by unnoticed. Recently, the company has uploaded the video onto the “Canon Professional Network” website and someone has finally noticed that the company is mentioning an unannounced product in the video.
The product, which is not official, yet, consists of the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L II USM lens. This could mean that the optic is in development and that some prototypes are in the hands of some lucky testers, such as Philip Bloom.
The video itself is not focused on the lens, as the filmmaker is talking about the advantages of the Dual Pixel system. This means that there are no other details about the new 50mm f/1.2 lens, other than a possible confirmation that it exists somewhere in the wild.
Update: Canon has removed the video from its Vimeo account. This may mean that the 50mm f/1.2L II USM is in the works and it is coming soon indeed. However, it could also mean that it is a typo and the company may be editing the video to correct the mistake. A YouTube user has managed to grab the video as you can see above.
Canon’s next L lens is supposed to be the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM replacement
The fact that Canon has “accidentally” mentioned the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L II USM lens does not mean that the product will be announced soon, therefore you should not hold your breath over it.
Additionally, the next L-designated lens is supposed to be the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM replacement that is coming in August or September 2014.
Nevertheless, this may be a simple typo and there are no working prototypes out there. However, Canon has removed the video from its CPN website for some reason, although it is still available on Vimeo.
You should take this with a pinch of salt and not jump to conclusions for now. The original EF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens is available at Amazon for about $1,400 following a $200 rebate.