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

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Canon EF 24-70 f/4L IS Lens “On the Horizon”

Canon 24-70mm f4 IS Rumors

After the rumor about a 24-70mm f/2.8L IS lens from Canon a couple days ago, Canon Rumors is now tweaking that rumor with “reliable” info on a f/4 version of that lens.  Apparently, the f/4 version of the lens is on the horizon and could be arriving soon.

Seems like an odd lens to add to the mix, particularly with the solid 24-105mm f/4L IS that’s been selling like hotcakes since its release.  Of course, if the sharpness improvements are as substantial as the 24-70mm f/2.8L II were over the lens it replaced, a smaller and lighter lens might serve as a replacement and more directly compliment the popular 70-200mm lineup.

What would you think about a stabilized 24-70mm f/4L IS lens?  What would be the right price point for you?

Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L IS Lens Patent

Canon-24-70mm

A recent patent publication shows Canon has been looking into adding image stabilization to a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.  Given the recent announcement of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens (which still isn’t available), however, this doesn’t bode well for an IS version anytime soon.

Of course, there’s a Tamron lens that fills this void though

[via Photo Rumors]

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Available for Pre-Order

Blackmagic Cinema Camera

B&H has the Blackmagic Cinema Camera available for pre-order now.  This camera was the big surprise of NAB 2012 and stole quite a bit of attention from the several mainstream camera makers.  Everywhere I went, people were asking “Have you seen Blackmagic’s camera?”

The initial excitement over this camera reminds me of the 5D Mark II release back in 2008.  The $3k price for a camera that shoots RAW video on an SSD drive, and uses Canon EF mount lenses is quite remarkable.

You can get your pre-order in here at B&H.