Canon is allegedly working on a new 50mm prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.2, which will be announced sometime in the foreseeable future with the best optical technologies that the company has to offer.
One of the areas that Canon will address in the near future is the bright prime lens segment. The company is said to be on the verge of introducing the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM and the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lenses. A new model has just been thrown into the rumor mill, a model which has been talked about and which has accidentally been mentioned by Canon itself in the past: EF 50mm f/1.2L II. It appears that a new version will be announced soon and that it will employ the company’s best optical technologies.
Upcoming Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L II lens to feature a floating lens element
A trusted source is reporting that the Japan-based company is preparing to “redesign” the bright EF 50mm f/1.2L model, which will retain its focal length, maximum aperture, and L-designation.
The new unit will come packed with a floating lens element, which can be found in the EF 85mm f/1.2L II model. Furthermore, it will be lighter and will offer faster autofocus. Other improvements will consist of the best technologies in the company’s line-up, including the most advanced coatings.
This will be a high-end lens and it will not come with the infamous focus shift issue of the existing 50mm f/1.2L optic. As a result, the new Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L II lens is rumored to have a very high price tag.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM and EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lenses coming in 2015, too
As stated above, Canon is working on two other prime optics. One of them is another 50mm version. However, it will offer a maximum aperture of f/1.8 and will not bear the L-designation, so it will be significantly cheaper than the f/1.2L II version. This model could show up within a couple of months.
The next L-designated optic will be a prime and will consist of the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM, which will replace the current generation lens. This unit is expected to show up sometime in late summer or early fall.
As the company’s roadmap for the near future is somewhat packed, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L II lens will probably be released towards the end of this year or sometime in early 2016. Either way, stay tuned to Camyx for more details!