[Rumor] EF 14-24mm f/2.8L To Be Released Next Year?

Rumours about a possible EF 14-24mm f/2.8L lens by Canon are strolling around since Nikon released its 14-24mm f/2.8. Now the rumour got a fresh-up, suggesting that Canon may release (or at least announce) such a lens within the next 12 months (as reported on canonrumors). I can’t say anything, no rumour about a supposed EF 14-24mmf/2.8L lens reached me, but, hey!, I would love to see (and have) a 14-24mm f/2.8L lens. What about you?

[Review] EF 40mm f/2.8 STM

The cute little pancake by Canon is starting to get reviews. It got f/2.8, it’s light (both in your pocket and on your wallet) and it has very good performance – all for $199. ephotozine got its hands on the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake for a review. Results are pretty good. “Autofocus is very swift and precise“, or “At maximum aperture, sharpness in the centre of the frame is already excellent” and “chromatic aberrations are virtually non-existent, remaining under half a pixel width in size at all apertures” are some of the comments you can read in the review. From the final verdict:

Pros

  • Excellent sharpness
  • Low distortion
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Fast focusing

Cons

  • No full time manual focus override
  • Strong vignetting
  • More than double the price of the 50mm f/1.8 (although performance and build probably justify this)

EF 40mm f/2.8 STM availability and price check: Amazon, B&H Photo, Digitalrev, eBay, Adorama, KEH Camera, Canon USA. If these do not have the 40mm pancake, you may be able to pre-order it at Adorama (click here) and  B&H (click here).

[Review] Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Telephoto Lens

Let me first state that I really like Scott Bourne’s posts. They are always concise and synthetic, yet informative and pleasant to read. The same applies to his mini-review of the EF 500mm f/4L IS Telephoto Lens. Announced more than a year ago, and delayed because of the Japan earthquake, the lens started to appear in limited quantity at some sellers. Scott Bourne is raving about this lens:

What a lens! There is a new IS mode that offers four stops of speed and three modes. New redesigned optics perform with almost no chromatic aberration. But the BIG difference is the lens is significantly lighter. The lens weighs a pound and a half less than its predecessor and it feels like a feather by comparison.

Canon says the lens has redesigned fluorite optics and less chromatic aberration, and it is made out of magnesium and titanium. There are 3 IS modes, you should get 4 stops using image stabilization. This isn’t really a budget lens, having a price tag of $10,499. Pre-orders can be filed at the following shops:

Core specifications:

Construction 16 elements in 12 groups (Including drop-in rear filter, Fluorite: G2 and G4, UD Lens: None)
Angle of view
Focus Adjustment Inner focusing system, with focusing cam
F stop range 4-32
Closest Focusing Distance 3.7m / 12.14 ft.
Filter Size 52mm Drop-In
Dimensions (Diameter x Length) 5.7″ x 15.1″ / 146 x 383mm
Weight Approx. 112.5 oz. / 3190g

Worthy successor to the lauded Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM, the new EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM super telephoto lens features completely redesigned Fluorite optics that deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration and has a lighter weight thanks to magnesium and titanium construction elements.

Because image stabilization technology in super telephoto lenses may inadvertently over-compensate and interfere with composing and framing distant or moving subjects, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM includes an advanced third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates IS only when the shutter button is fully pressed. This allows users to pan fast-moving subjects and then activate IS only when it is precisely required.

Additionally, all three IS modes give the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster, ideally positioning the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM for professional action photography, from sports to nature. The addition of the Power Focus mode enables smooth focus change when shooting video. Buttons and switches are redesigned for intuitive, deliberate operation, and dust and water sealing keeps the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.

[Review] Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II

canonrumors reviewed Canon’s long awaited EF 600mm f/4L IS II. Impressions are very good. From the verdict:

On the surface, Canon has produced the best designed 600mm lens in their history and maybe ever. The weight savings alone are a monumental achievement. Everything else about the lens is high end, from optical performance to autofocus and build quality.

There are sample images provided. The EF 600mm f/4L IS II has a price tag of $12,999 and can be pre-ordered at the following shops:

 

[Deal] Huge Rebel T3/1100D Bundle (3 Lenses, Printer, Bag, And More) For $599.95

Adorama has a big Rebel T3/EOS 110D kit in offer. As usually such kits don’t last long, so if you are interested in the bundle it’s better to act fast. The bundle all inclusive will cost you $599.95 (click here) after all rebates and includes:

  • Rebel T4/1100D body
  • EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
  • EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III AF Lens
  • EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens
  • Canon Pixma Pro9000 Mark II Inkjet Photo Printer
  • 8GB SDHC Card, Camera Bag
  • D&S Explorer Tripod
  • Red Giant Adorama Production Bundle

If you want to check a review for the items in the bundle see the following list: Rebel T3/1100D, EF-S 18-55mm IS II, EF 50mm f/1.8, EF 75-300mm f/4.0-5.6 III, Pixma Pro9000 Mark II.

[Deal] Canon Dslr & Tele Zoom bundle rebates – Save Up To $400

B&H has a Canon DSLR and tele zoom rebates program going on (expires June 30). You select a lens first, and then the Canon DSLR of your choice. Eligible DSLRs are the EOS 7D, EOS 60D, Rebel T3, Rebel T3i and Rebel T2i. It might look a little bit complicated at first glance, but it really isn’t. Just choose the lens you want, and the DSLR of your wishes, and then check out with some conspicuous saving(s). Click here to check everything that’s available for this kind of deal.