Canon is once again rumored to be working on replacements for its tilt-shift lenses, such as the TS-E 45mm and the TS-E 90mm, but the optics are most likely to come out in 2016 rather than by the end of 2015.
There has been major speculation surrounding Canon’s tilt-shift lens line-up. Two products have been mentioned more often than others: the TS-E 45mm and TS-E 90mm. Successors to these models were expected in 2013 and in 2014, while some said that they will become official in 2015.
Although these models are back into the rumor mill, it appears they are not coming this year. Gossip talks are suggesting that the lenses should have been introduced alongside the 5DS and 5DS R big-megapixel DSLRs, but now they are expected to show up next year.
Canon focuses on other high-end optics over new TS-E 45mm and 90mm lenses
A trusted source says that the old Canon TS-E 45mm and 90mm lenses will be replaced. Their successors were initially planned to join the 5DS and 5DS R on the market, but they have been delayed.
It seems like there is a good reason for that. High-quality glass is hard to make, in high-demand, and very expensive. This means that Canon’s lens production capability is limited, so the company must prioritize the manufacturing process.
Although these tilt-shift lenses are old, there are other EF-mount optics out there which need to be replaced. Canon has also released the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM lens, while other models with a top image quality are on their way.
Since tilt-shift lenses are not among the best-selling models, the Japan-based company has chosen to focus on other high-end optics.
New Canon EF-mount tilt-shift lenses are probably coming in 2016
The insider says that Canon has not completely abandoned the plans to launch new TS-E 45mm and 90mm lenses. In fact, the company is working on bringing them to the market at some point in the future.
Photographers may hope that the optics will come by the end of 2015, but the leakster says that there are few chances of that happening. This means that the products are more likely to become available on the market sometime in 2016.
EOS fans should not rule out an official announcement of the replacements later in 2015. However, availability is a whole other subject. Stay tuned to Camyx, but do not expect any EF-mount tilt-shift goodies this year.