Multiple sources are reporting that Canon is working on a 24-70mm f/2.8L lens with built-in image stabilization technology that would compete against a rumored Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 VR lens.
One of the fiercest battles in the lens world is waging in the standard zoom range where Canon and Nikon are offering 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses.
Nikon is said to be working on a model with Vibration Reduction technology and Phase Fresnel element. On the other hand, it is now rumored that Canon will not step aside to allow its competitor to grab all the headlines. It seems like a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS lens is in development and it may eventually find its way to the consumer market.
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS lens is allegedly in development
Companies are making efforts to make sure that their 24-70mm lenses are top notch. Back in January 2013, DxOMark rated the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM as the best optic in the standard zoom range. However, a newer and better model may be launched by Canon in the foreseeable future.
The rumor mill is claiming that the Japan-based company will add image stabilization technology to its optic in order to allow users to capture better photos in low-light conditions.
As stated above, the version without IS is already an acclaimed model, so a lot of people would be wondering why Canon considers replacing it. The thing is that the stabilized version will not be a successor to the non-IS unit. In fact, this will be a new model and it will have a very high price tag.
By the looks of it, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS lens will join the EF 11-24mm f/4L USM in the premium department and together they will be an amazing combination for professional photographers.
Canon patented a stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8L lens back in 2014
In the past, it was said that Nikon was developing an F-mount 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with built-in image stabilization technology. Nevertheless, a patent for a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS lens was discovered in April 2014.
The patent did not provide too many details, but it was enough to get EOS photographers encouraged by the prospect of having a stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. As stated above, multiple sources are reporting that the product is real, so EOS users could be in for a treat.
Unfortunately, a launch timeframe has not been given, although these rumors usually show up on the web when a product is fairly close to launch. Still, you should take this with a pinch of salt and stay tuned for more details.