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
- 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