B&H has the Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS lens for only $899.95 as a refurbished model. That’s about $160 off the price of buying a new one.
Note that the 400mm lens is listed as “available for pre-order” which generally means that B&H expects it to be in stock and shipping out to customers within the next few days.
The Canon 500mm f/4L IS II and 600mm f/4L IS II lenses were announced in February 2011, with availability initially set for May and June for the respective lenses. In May, the availability date for these lenses was pushed back to December 2011.
Canon dropped a press release yesterday to simply say that availability is “yet to be determined” for these lenses – presumably to make it official that Canon will miss the December ship date. As for the 200-400mm f/4L IS lens, it’s TBD as well.
Official word from Canon is in the press release below. [Read more…]
Canon applied for a patent on a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 lens in March 2011. Presumably, this is an update to the consumer grade line of 75-300mm non-stabilized lenses. [Read more…]
Just hours after I passed along rumors of a Canon DSLR announcement scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, I received a tip from someone (who has a near perfect track record) that Canon would not be announcing a new camera or lens next week. However, the tipster also confirmed there would be an announcement [Read more…]
Nikon Rumors has been keying in on a new DX format lens for a few weeks now. It seems like it’s one that won’t go away. So, as they say, “where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”
Recently, I received word of an updated version of Nikon’s DX 18-105mm VR lens. I didn’t pass it along because it seemed like an odd lens to update; however, as the rumormill has continued to churn, there could be something to this. And, the 18-105mm has been a big kit lens for a couple of generations or so of DX format DSLRs. So, maybe there’s something to it, maybe not.
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Sigma has announced a new superzoom lens for Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Pentax and Sony DSLRs. The Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM features new FLD low dispersion glass elements and SLD (special low dispersion) glass elements, which should improve the overall image quality, as well as correcting chromatic aberration.
The is the second version of this lens. As a quick refreshers, the “DC” means that it is made for APS-C (aka “cropped”) sensors and not full frame DSLRs. [Read more…]
B&H alerted me that it has a limited supply of the Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4 lens in stock. I was told you need to act quick if you want one of these because they are in short supply. Here’s the link to the lens at B&H Photo.
Anyone who has shot video with a Canon DSLR recognizes that smooth iris pulls are impossible while recording with Canon’s EF lenses. In one of the more interesting patent applications of late, Canon revealed that it is working on new lenses with aperture rings for adjusting aperture settings during video capture. [Read more…]
A lens missing from Nikon’s lineup recently appeared in a published patent application at the USPTO. Canon’s 70-200mm f/4L and 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses have been popular lenses over the past few years. The original f/4L was so popular that Canon decided to make an IS version and keep both lenses in the lineup.
Now, it looks like Nikon will be jumping on this popular lens size… [Read more…]