Canon has allegedly begun testing the upcoming EF 35mm f/1.4L II prime lens which is scheduled to become available on the market by the end of 2015.
The next L-designated prime lens to be unveiled by Canon is a replacement to the EF 35mm f/1.4L unit. The optic has been referred to within the rumor mill in the past, while the gossips intensified in early 2015.
Trusted sources have just leaked more details about the optic, suggesting that the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens testing has already started, as the product will be released sometime within the following six months.
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens testing is underway, trusted source says
After the initial development phase is completed, a product will enter its testing stage. Canon Rumors has learned that the EF 35mm f/1.4L is now in the hands of a few select photographers who will use this product extensively and who will report the results back to the company.
As the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens testing is underway, we can expect the photographers to give their most feedback to Canon when it comes to image quality. This wide-angle prime is an important optic for the Japanese maker, so the image quality must be cutting-edge.
Provided that there are no major issues with the optic, then the Japan-based company will release it on the market by the end of this year. The manufacturer has not set a date for the announcement event, but it should occur about one month before its release date.
Mark II version of the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L lens to be weathersealed
The source who revealed the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens testing rumors has had something to say about the optic’s specifications. It appears that the lens will be weathersealed therefore it will be resistant to dust, water droplets, as well as freezing temperatures.
Its dimensions will be altered when compared to the previous generation. The Mark II version will have a tinier filter thread, most likely sized at 67mm, while its length will be longer than that of the original unit.
For now, the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens has a 72mm filter thread and an 86mm length along with a weight of 580 grams, which may remain unchanged. The current version is available at Amazon for about $1,330 following a $150 rebate.