Canon is rumored to be working on new L-designed lenses with fixed focal lengths, including 35mm and 50mm, which will be announced sometime in 2015.
A couple of new bridge cameras were revealed by Canon earlier on July 29. The Japan-based company has deemed it unnecessary to wait for the Photokina 2014 event to reveal the PowerShot SX520 HS and SX400 IS cameras, so they are official now.
It is worth noting that the manufacturer’s fans are waiting for the plethora of lenses promised at the beginning of 2014. This is supposed to be Canon’s “year of the lenses”, but only three lenses have been launched so far.
Although official announcements have been scarce, there has not been a shortage of Canon lens rumors. Furthermore, it appears that the gossip talks will not end, as trusted sources are reporting that Canon is developing two new L-designated prime lenses.
Canon 35mm f/1.4 L lens replacement to be announced in early 2015
The first product will be a replacement for the Canon 35mm f/1.4 L, which has been around for years. The new model will share an identical focal length and maximum aperture, but the internal design will be greatly improved.
Multiple versions of the new 35mm f/1.4 lens have been patented in recent years. However, not a single one of them has made it to the market, therefore photographers are forced to purchase the old version.
Canon will introduce this lens sometime at the beginning of 2015. The price and exact release date details of the optic will remain unknown for a while, but there is still enough time to find them out until early next year.
New Canon 50mm L-designed lens is also in development and coming next year
As for the second prime, it seems like a new Canon 50mm lens is in the works. The source has confirmed that it is an L-designated lens, which will be very compact and lightweight.
Both the f/1.4 and f/1.8 version would fit this description, but its maximum aperture is unknown to the source. It is also worth reminding that the company has been rumored to launch a new 50mm f/1.2 lens for a while, so we must keep our options open.
The upcoming Canon 50mm “L” lens will be unveiled and released sometime towards the end of 2015. In the meantime, the 50mm f/1.2L USM lens can be purchased at Amazon for around $1,470.
As 2015 is so far away from us, we are reminding you to take these rumors with a pinch of salt and to stay tuned!