New Canon EF 85mm L Lens Coming Soon?

Canon 85mm 1.2L Lens

The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens may be getting a companion soon with an updated Canon EF 85mm L lens according to Canon Rumors. The lens should get the new blue spectrum refractive element that we saw introduced in the 35mm last month.

Additionally, there is some speculation that the lens could have max f/1.4 aperture instead of the current f/1.2 model.

The updated 85mm lens is expected to arrive by the end of 2016 with a possible announcement for Photokina 2016 next September.


Canon Working on EF 85mm f/1.8, EF 100mm f/2, EF 135mm f/2.8 Lenses with Image Stabilization

Canon 85mm 100mm and 135mm Patent Embodiments

Canon has submitted a patent application for three fast telephoto lenses with image stabilization. The patent application covers EF 85mm f/1.8 IS, 100mm f/2 IS and 135mm f/2.8 IS lenses. Canon has been adding IS to its mid-range line of lenses (like the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS), along with rumors that other mid-range lenses like the 50mm f/1.4 are going to get image stabilization in a new version – perhaps as early as this year.

[via CR]

Nikon Launches New 85mm f/1.8G Lens

Nikon 85mm f/1.8G

Alongside, the new flagship D4, Nikon has announced a new 85mm f/1.8G lens.  The new lens offers FX-format coverage for use on both FX cameras like the Nikon D4 and DX cameras like the Nikon D7000.

The Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Lens should be available in March at an initial retail price of $499.95.  Check availability on B&H, Amazon and Adorama.

More details in the press release below. [Read more…]