Canon is rumored to be working on a L-designated new wide-angle zoom lens, which is supposed to serve as a direct replacement to the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II optic.
Lots of new lenses are expected from Canon within the following 12 months. The next L-designated unit is thought to consist of a 35mm f/1.4L II USM prime lens. This model is expected to show up by the end of 2015 alongside a couple of other optics.
In 2016, plenty of other lenses will be introduced as well. The latest unit to be thrown into the rumor mill consists of a successor to the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 II, which may suffer some changes when it comes to its focal range, but which is expected to maintain its constant maximum aperture of f/2.8.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens successor rumored to become official next year
Canon released a high-end wide-angle zoom lens in early 2015. The EF 11-24mm f/4L USM is praised for its image quality, but it is expensive as it costs about $3,300 at Amazon.
It appears that the Japan-based company is working on another pricey, high-quality wide-angle zoom lens. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens successor is reportedly in the works and is on track to be released on the market sometime in 2016.
The upcoming version will definitely maintain its fast maximum aperture and its L-designation. However, there is a strong chance that we will not see a Mark III version of this model, the company choosing instead to launch a version with a slightly altered focal range.
Meanwhile, Amazon is selling the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens for about $1,700.
What is next after the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM lens?
As stated above, the focal length range of this version could suffer some alterations. Judging by the history of its ancestry, the longer end will not be changed, so it will remain at 35mm. However, the same thing cannot be said about the wider part.
At first, this unit was launched as an EF 20-35mm unit, which was followed by the EF 17-35mm model. Eventually, the series continued with a couple of EF 16-35mm versions. According to an insider, the next step is to turn this into an EF 15-35mm f/2.8L lens.
A wider focal length will be welcomed by event and indoor photographers, but it remains to be seen whether its price will grow exponentially or not.
This wide-angle zoom lens still has a long way become coming to the market, therefore this information may change in the meantime. It would be unwise to draw any conclusions as of yet, so stay around for further details.