Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Officially Unveiled

Canon has taken the wraps off a pair of new stabilized lens – the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM, priced at $1500 and $850, respectively.  Both should be available in December 2012.

Canon EF 35mm f:2 IS USM

B&H Photo has pre-orders up for both lenses at the following links:

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

Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

Check out the details below.

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 5, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new additions to the Company’s EF lens family, the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lenses. Each of these two lenses features unique optical attributes for a variety of situations. The new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM has macro shooting capabilities at the telephoto end and the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM adds Canon’s proprietary Image Stabilization (IS) to this popular prime lens focal length.

“The lens is the window to creativity, providing the unique perspective and vantage that allows photographers to turn a scene into art. It is our pleasure to introduce two lenses that will enable a wide range of photographers in diverse disciplines to explore their creativity through these new options,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

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

Featuring dynamic L-series optical performance in a compact, lightweight and durable design, the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is well suited for all levels of advanced photography on the go. The ideal companion to Canon’s full-frame Digital SLR cameras such as the EOS 6D, the lens features a constant maximum aperture of f/4 throughout the entire zoom range with 15 lens elements in 12 groups including two aspherical and two UD lens elements and a 9-blade circular aperture diaphragm. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens delivers gorgeous images with excellent detail at all focal lengths and includes a macro feature at the telephoto end with a 0.2m/7.9-inch minimum focusing distance and Canon’s Hybrid IS system (with up to four stops of stabilization). The macro feature can be engaged through a switch on the lens barrel. In addition, the lens features inner focusing and a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for quiet, fast autofocus, and has full-time mechanical manual focus that’s enabled even during AF operation. Compact at only 93mm in length, with excellent dust and water resistance, the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens has a fluorine coating on the front and rear elements for easy maintenance and cleaning.

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is supplied with a lens pouch and reversible lens hood. It is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $1,499.00.

Canon Standard Prime Lens with Optical Image Stabilizer: EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens

The successor to Canon’s EF 35mm f/2, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is a compact and lightweight wide-angle prime lens that provides a high level of image quality and functionality. The optics and mechanical workings are designed to improve image quality in the lens’s periphery and provide faster and quieter AF than its predecessor, as well as Optical IS and optional full-time manual focus, all in a durable lens body with a high-grade design. Featuring a circular aperture diaphragm and lens coatings optimized for minimal ghosting and flare, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens achieves beautiful, soft backgrounds and amazing image quality.

The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for an approximate retail price of $849.99.



  1. Scott says

    Don’t care about the zoom; too long at the short for APS-C, too short at the lnog end for full frame. A 16-85 f4 would have been interesting.

    The 35mm is terrific; a high quality, reasonably sized normal lens for APS-C.

    BUT it follows the new Canon pattern of way over-priced bread and butter primes.
    At, say, $500, they wouldn’t have been able to make them fast enough to keep up with demand.
    At $850 it’ll be a slow seller after the early adopters get theirs.

  2. Dan says

    No way…Rather than these lenses i’d get the Tamron 24-70 f/2.8 VC & the Canon 35mm f/1.4L. Same price as buying both of these stupid lenses that Canon released and much better. The only reason i got the 24-105mm is that it could be purchased for much less than the 24-70 and offered more zoom which is great for an all around kit lens. For any serious landscape work, the focal length not wide enough, and for any portrait work, the aperture isn’t wide enough…and now it is even worse for portrait since before at least I could rack the old one to 105mm which looks better than 70mm. For $1500 go with the 24-70 f/2.8 version 1, Tamron’s new 24-70 f/2.8 VC, or get the old 24-105 f/4 and save the rest for an 85mm f/1.8 or something when you need better portraits. And $850 for a non L prime lens that only goes to f/2? Canon is designing products to fit holes in their product lines and not to produce products people want. And they are charging way too much.

  3. zahid says

    I thought the 24-70mm f/2.8L is what everyone wanted for depth off field and 24-105 f/4 L IS for more generic shots given the cost of the 24-70 2.8. But why buy 24-70 F/4 L IS Vs 24-105 F/4 L IS
    Love to get the 35mm F2.0 Though as great for 5D II and more like 50 F2 for APS sensor

  4. Eugene Powers says

    24-70mm F4 IS is the most idiotic move on Canon’s part since pricing 5d3 at $3500.
    24-105 f4 IS was on sale for $799 or less so why pay double for less.
    And for the same price they want for 35mm I can buy new Sigma F1.4 which more likely is going to be better because lately Sigma kicks everyone’s ass in quality and performance.
    Plus it comes with USB dock to adjust it anyway you like it. Can’t wait to lay my hands on this one and new 120-300mm F2.8.

  5. Rich says

    I don’t get it? What’s the point of making a 24-70 f/4.0 IS for $1500 when you can purchase the 24-105 f/4.0 IS for $1149 at B&H. The advantage to the 24-70 f/2.5 was the speed. Why would anyone want to spend $1500 on this lens?

  6. says

    I still keep reading plenty of dislikes about the new 24-70 f4L. I would also love a f2.8L but it is out of my reach and not necessary for me since I already own a 40mm pancake and 100L. But I don’t have the 24-70 range as yet and did pre-order a f4L. I ordered it because of its sharpness ( MTF charts) and sharpness edge to edge over the 24-105. Plus this lens will have better contrast, delivery greater dynamic range for my 5Dmk3. And I will get IS, weight savings and a Macro capability no other lens offers at this time. I love my 100L. I think the biggest mistake others are not quite realizing is these new lenses are specifically designed for the new sensors and backs like 5Dmk3, mk2 and ID series. Delivering the most in sharpness and dynamic range, plus IS, waterproofing and build quality despite adding more plastic. Dare I say it again I love my 100L. It is all about what you need, not alway that range is covered of f-stop numbers. Most of the informaiton is in the MTF charts for those who read them.