Many have accused Canon of being less innovative than other manufacturers, and while that may or may not be true when it comes to camera bodies, they do have some pretty extreme lenses out there. As they prepare to announce their next batch, there could be some very intriguing pieces of glass coming to the market.
As has been reported, a Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS lens is likely on its way to complement, not replace the 85mm f/1.2L II. There's no doubt an L-quality, wide-aperture, image stabilized portrait prime would be a smash hit. Now, the awesome people over at Canon Rumors are reporting that Canon will likely be updating the TS-E 45mm f/2.8 and TS-E 90mm f/2.8, both of which are rather long in the tooth and not L-class lenses. Both new versions will be L lenses and will bring a bit more uniformity in both quality and modernization to the tilt-shift lineup, which is led the TS-E 17mm f/4L and TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, both of which are optically excellent.
Where things get interesting is the third rumored tilt-shift lens, which is reported to possibly be a TS-E 135mm f/2.8L with macro capabilities. While the maximum aperture is unconfirmed and it's not clear that the macro capabilities would be full magnification (1:1), such a lens would be a huge boon to macro, food, and product photographers if it does indeed have good maximum magnification (the widest aperture matters less), as adding tilt-shift capabilities would reduce or possibly eliminate the need to perform focus stacking, vastly reducing the complexity and time involved both in shooting and processing such shots. While one could easily accomplish this with a large format camera, as far as I know, no modern 35mm system has a lens that couples tilt-shift capabilities with a significant maximum magnification. If all this comes to fruition, the next few months could be very interesting for Canon shooters.
[via Canon Rumors]