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.

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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...]

Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Officially Priced and Available

Sigma has officially announced pricing for its new 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens.  The lens can be found at a street price of $899, which is far less than the fictional retail price of $1400 assigned by Sigma.

According to Sigma’s press release, the lens should be available immediately. You check on stock status for the new lens on B&H Photo, Adorama and Amazon.com.