Lots of Canon Lenses Likely Coming at the End of August [Rumor]

I think few people can argue that Sigma hasn't been killing it lately, particularly with their 85mm f/1.4 Art and borderline audacious 135mm f/1.8 Art lenses turning in mostly rave reviews. It was only a matter of time before the big manufacturers responded, and from the looks of things, Canon is preparing to do just that.

Our friends over at Canon Rumors are reporting that Canon is preparing to announce the fabled EF 85mm f/1.4L IS lens at the end of August, along with three other lenses. Which mount these additional lenses will be for is unknown at the moment, though with Canon continuing to update their mirrorless models, it's possible they may be looking to expand the EF-M line. Other lenses getting long in the tooth include the 50mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/2L. The 85mm f/1.4L IS will not replace the legendary 85mm f/1.2L II lens, but if it improves wide-open sharpness over its f/1.2 cousin (bringing it at least near that of the Sigma Art) and adds image stabilization while only giving up a third of a stop, it could be an extremely intriguing lens for Canon users and would complicate the choice for fans of the Sigma lens' performance. Be sure to check out the full report over at Canon Rumors for more.

[via Canon Rumors]

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Kyle Medina's picture

"Sigma hasn't"

Kyle Medina's picture

Every new lens Nikon or Canon releases has been more expensive than their predecessor. Which simply strikes them out of competition still. They can try all they want to beat Sigma and Tamron but if the prices don't come down. Nothing changes.

Rex Jones's picture

Damn, that rumored new 85mm is so freaking tempting!!

Jonathan Brady's picture

I've never pre-ordered a lens. Ever. I always wait for the price to drop. I'll pre-order this one.
Also, aperture stops go from f/1 to f/1.4 meaning the current 85L II is a half stop faster than the rumored lens, not 1/3 of a stop.

michael andrew's picture

The 85mm 1.2 is closer to 1.5 and the sigma 1.4 are closer to 1.7 so it's a 1/3 of a stop. They get away with this in Fstops but if you look at the Tstop equivalences their numbers are their true transmission and the lenses actual light gathering capabilities are not as far as it looks, it is even possible for the new 1.4 with newer engineering and coating technology to bridge the gap even further. This ofcourse only affects brightness.

Jonathan Brady's picture

Yep. Still a half stop faster in terms of f stops though.
Now that I think about it, it's ironically funny that a website named fstoppers made that mistake.

Alex Cooke's picture

The f-stop scale is not linear, so f/1.2 is not a halfway between f/1.4 and f/1. The typical approximation is f/1.2 being a third faster: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/F-number#Fractional_stops

Jonathan Brady's picture

I had always based it on something like this

Dennis Qualls's picture

Canon has really missed a big opportunity to hit the market with a great lens at the same time they released the Mark IV! Sigma capitalized on that demographic with the Art series with multiple focal ranges.
Now, Sigma has the new 24-70 f/2.8 Art that will start shipping in two days. This leaves Canon to play second fiddle in a saturated market. I'm not about to sell my new Sigma lenses in lieu of Canon adding a new button on a lens and another lowercase "i" to make it a version 2 or 3.

dennis c's picture

Well being a Canon L user, and having used the Sigma 20, 24, 35, 50 Art... well truthfully, I've gotten rid of all my overpriced Canon L lenses.
Sigma Art is THAT GOOD. How good? Colors are to die for, yet skin tones natural, models skin smooth as silk, yet so sharp (you've to know how to set), even 24mm there's a distinct bokeh which is so beautiful.
Seriously I've been a real life proof. Contrast is so good, it looks like 3d (if you've seen my photos, you'll know)