Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS & EF 35mm f/2 IS Lenses Confirmed

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS & EF 35mm f/2 IS

The recently-rumored Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS has been confirmed through an image and spec leak alongside a new EF 35mm f/2 IS lens.  Additionally, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS lens will be a kit lens for the Canon 6D, which should ship in December.  Apparently, the rumored 50mm f/1.4 IS lens will not be making its way out this round.

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS lens may end up replacing the current 24-105mm f/4L IS as the defacto kit lens for other full frame DSLRs going forward.  That’s just speculation; however, the lenses completely overlap.  Of course, some will deride a decision to go with the shorter lens as compared to the longer reach offered by the 24-105mm version; however, there’s no denying the reduced footprint and weight around your neck offered by the 24-70mm f/4L IS.

The 24-70mm f/4L IS lens is believed to weigh only 600g, while the 24-105mm f/4L IS weighs in at 670g.  Likewise, the 24-70 is believed to be 93mm max length, while the 24-105  max length is 107mm.

Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Specs

  • 15 elements in 12 groups, two aspherical lens, lens configuration sheet 2 UD lens
  • 9-blade circular aperture
  • Weatherproof
  • Full-time manual focus
  • Can switch to macro mode at the telephoto end
  • 0.2m minimum focusing distance, 0.7 times the maximum magnification
  • Hybrid IS Image Stabilizer
  • 77mm filter size
  • 600g weight, 93mm length, 83.4mm in diameter
  • Expected price shop around ¥ 145,000 (around $1,800, US price will be lower)
  • Released in mid-December

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

  • 10 elements in 8 groups, the lens structure is glass-molded aspherical lens
  • 8-blade circular aperture
  • 4 stop IS
  • AF motor ring USM, full-time manual focus
  • 67mm filter size
  • 335g  weight, 62.6mm length, 77.9mm in diameter
  • Expected price shop around ¥ 74,000 (around $900)
  • EF24-70mm F4L IS USM lens will be available as a kit lens to the EOS 6D
  • Released in early December 2012

[Digicam info via Photo Rumors]



  1. EricB says

    The ONLY reason to buy a 24-70 F4 over the 24-105 F4 (which is a great lens) would be to save a little money. However the 24-105 is available quite reasonably discounted. To shave 70g weight is nothing, certainly not worth the loss of extra reach… Speculated price puts it MUCH higher than the 24-105.

  2. Russian point view says


    disappointed! this two lenses are waste time for everyone who developed and photographers buying it.
    No logic.

    photographers will buy 24-105 f/ 2.8 and 24-70 f/2.8II

    Good luck with research