The Canon EF 135mm f/2L II USM lens is rumored to be in the works and to be announced in 2016 without a built-in image stabilization system.
One of the oldest Canon lenses that has not been updated, yet, is the EF-mount 135mm f/2L USM. This telephoto prime has been around for about two decades, but it is still going strong.
Despite being a good lens, there is little doubt that it is in need of a replacement. We have heard tidbits about it throughout the year. However, it looks like it is finally happening in 2016.
An insider is reporting that a Canon EF 135mm f/2L II USM lens might become official in 2016 and has shared a few details about the product.
Canon EF 135mm f/2L II USM lens currently in development and coming in 2016
Some lenses are replaced faster than others. There are many possibilities that would prevent an optic from getting a successor even though it has been launched roughly 20 years ago. Either way, it looks like the Canon EF 135mm f/2L II USM lens is in development.
A trusted source is claiming that the Japanese company is actively working on an heir to the EF 135mm f/2L USM. As a result, it is very likely that we will see an official announcement sometime in 2016. As the Photokina 2016 event is coming, it would be a great event to show off this premium telephoto prime.
One of the reasons why the current generation is still available on the market is because it is a well-rounded and robust product. At Amazon, where it can be purchased for about $1,000, it has a rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars following more than 240 customer reviews.
At this point, there are no leaked specifications, but the company has taken into consideration multiple versions of this product. Unfortunately, it looks like it will not come packed with built-in image stabilization technology.
Nevertheless, it might gain a faster aperture. There are mentions of an f/1.8 maximum aperture that would turn the Canon EF 135mm f/2L II USM lens into an EF 135mm f/1.8L optic.
By the looks of it, some things might change before its launch, meaning that we should not jump to conclusions. Despite this fact, we will probably witness the unveiling of a new 135mm telephoto prime in 2016. Stay tuned!