I and others on the web have been told that Canon may announce a new 35mm “L” lens later this year, possibly before Fall 2015. While we do not have any specs or other information, I was told that some prototypes are already out in the wild undergoing testing. I strongly suppose this will be a f/1.4 lens, also because we had some patents filed by Canon pointing in this direction (1 | 2).
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Amazon Lighting Deal: Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Aspherical Wide Angle Cine Lens on sale for $361.99 (compare to $449).
- 35mm fixed focal length; t/1.5-22 aperture range; Manual focus
- Features the same outstanding optical quality as the highly rated Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 lens
- Features de-clicked aperture to reduce noise and to allow more specific manual aperture settings
- Lens is follow focus compatible to enable the user to focus and use the aperture ring without interrupting video shooting
- Includes front and rear lens caps, removable hood, lens pouch, instruction manual and 1 year Rokinon warranty
The various pictures focus on specific features of the lens, such as sharpness, color rendition, chromatic aberration, bokeh, auto-focus performance, flaring and ghosting, and so on. The things he liked most:
- The highly versatile 35mm focal length
- Lightweight construction
- Excellent image quality
- Image stabilization
- Fun to shoot with
- Fast and accurate autofocus
- Accurate color
- Max aperture of f/2
- Close minimum focusing distance
- Good bokeh
In the conclusion he writes:
In my opinion, this lens is going to be tough to beat. On full-frame cameras, the 35mm focal length is perfect. For crop sensor cameras, this lens offers a perspective closer to 50mm. Either way, you’re getting a well-built, lightweight lens with exceptional image quality and impressive image stabilization.
To see all pics and read Caleb Keiter’s thoughts and impressions head over to his post.
[via Caleb Keiter]
Edit: corrected typo in post title.
Canon Rumors says:
We’re told that that Canon will replace their 35mm f/1.4L following the announcement and shipping of the upcoming EF 11-24mm f/4L, which has been rumoured since August. We’re told that an announcement date hasn’t been set, however the lens could appear as early as Q1 of 2015, or fall into the second quarter of next year.
According to the given rating, the rumour comes from a source that was reliable in the past.
CW’s take: agree with the rating of the rumour. Alone the number of patents for a 35mm f/4 lens filed by Canon in the last two years make it plausible (patents: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4). It’s also a long time since the EF 35mm f/1.4L was released in 2001.
Here are all the lenses Samyang officially announced today. And yes, they released the 35mm f/1.4 AE lens for Canon mount (spec sheet here) – Samyang’s first lens with electronic contacts for Canon (if I am not wrong).
Samyang press release:
Samyang company announces expansion of its sales portfolio and market release of new photographic and cine lenses. New Samyang 35mm f/1.4 Canon AE, 300mm f/6.3 Mirror DSLR photo lenses and VDSLR series is to be released on April 29th 2014. Samyang 10mm T3.1, 12mm T2.2 and 7.5mm T3.8.
New products branded with Samyang logotype include an interesting 35mm f/1.4 lens with Canon EF mount, the latest version will feature AE (Auto Exposure) function, which was fitted only in lenses with Nikon F mount before. The newest version of the lens that is marked with AE symbol comes with a microprocessor which can electronically confirm the focus value from the body level. The lens’s construction remained unchanged and still ensures a perfect optical and mechanical quality. Samyang 35mm f/1.4 has been designed to work with Canon digital reflex cameras equipped with full-frame and APS-C sensors.