A couple of photos and the specifications of the upcoming Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens have been leaked on the web before the product’s announcement.
Trusted sources have repeatedly said that Canon has finished developing the successor to the EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens, so the product will be announced “soon”.
The optic has been mentioned several times within the gossip mill, but there is still enough time for more information to show up, although this lens will be unveiled in the near future.
Before its official product launch event, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens photos and specs have appeared online and they include some interesting details.
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens photos leaked ahead of its launch
The internal configuration of the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens will consist of 14 elements in 11 groups. The camera will have a couple of aspherical elements, one Ultra-Low Dispersion element, and one BR element.
Additionally, the optic will feature a Subwavelengh Structure Coating (SWC) to reduce flare and ghosting along with a fluorine coating to reduce smears. Its aperture will be rounded and will have nine blades.
This wide-angle prime will be resistant to dust and water, so it will be great for taking photos in harsh environments. Its diameter will be 80.4mm, its filter will measure 72mm, while its length will stand at 105.5mm. This optic will weigh about 760 grams.
The same source has revealed that the weathersealed Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens will offer a minimum focusing distance of 28 centimeters and a maximum magnification of 0.21x.
BR technology to be introduced for the first time in this lens by Canon
As stated above, Canon’s upcoming EF-mount wide-angle prime will feature a BR lens element. This is new and its full name is said to be Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics. It is meant to achieve a high-refractive index in order to suppress chromatic aberration.
It is said that the aspherical elements will not be identical. One of them is a grinding model, while the other one is a large-diameter molded aspherical element.
Moreover, the lens barrel has been redesigned in order to be more durable and to be able to withstand higher impacts. From the leaked Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens photos, we can see that the external design of this product has also changed when compared to its predecessor.
If this sounds expensive, then this happens because it is true. According to the source, the optic will retail for 275,000 yen, which translates into about $2,300. The current generation is available at Amazon for $1,329 after a $150 mail-in rebate.
Canon will announce this product within weeks and the company will release it in mid-October. Stay tuned for more details!