Well here’s a turn up for the books. Two Canon lenses leaked onto the net today via Digicame-info. A 35mm f2.0 and a 24-70 f4 L IS. The 35mm will be an interesting lens, much smaller than the f1.4 L bigger brother and if it follows the same optical quality of recent 24mm and 28mm lenses it should be very nice.
Now the 24-70 though….. this is just an odd lens to me! Seems like a replacement to the 24-105, but why oh why would they lower the range like that ?!! It’s also going to have recent purchasers of the 24-70 f2.8 L II contemplating if they made a bad decision! More on that later, I’ll write a separate post examining when you would have each particular lens.
The interesting thing for me is that the 24-70 has a Macro mode! That really does make it an awesome one lens travel solution and I guess we’ll see this thing paired up with the EOS 6D in a kit soon enough.
Why the shorter range? Barrel distortion eliminated, hopefully, among other flaws in the 24-105
No idea really. It’s a question that will be asked by thousands of people. One theory I have is that the 24-70 f2.8 is 800g in weight. This new one is 600g. I’m sure they wanted to maintain a decent weight gap between the two because the lighter weight of the old 24-105 was always a selling point. Lessening the range maybe made it a little lighter and shorter.
“It’s also going to have recent purchasers of the 24-70 f2.8 L IS contemplating if they made a bad decision!”
I don’t think they make a 24-70 f/2.8L IS that’s in your article. Should be II not IS.
Thanks for pointing that out. You are correct it is an error.
I knew you knew that, just a mistype.
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