Canon has upped the ante in the ever growing lens war between Canon and Nikon. Canon has just announced two new lenses: the 24-40mm f/4L IS lens and a 35mm f/2 IS lens. Canon has also announced a new style of center pinch lens cap, something every other manufacturer has been doing for years.
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is a newly designed lens and includes two aspherical elements alongside two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lenses, each with optimised Super Spectra Coatings to minimise chromatic aberration, colour blurring and flare. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM also features a newly designed IS system, delivering blur-free images throughout the zoom range. Canon’s advanced optical IS claims to offer a 4-stop light advantage when shooting. The new lighter weight lens also offers a .7x reproduction ratio, reducing the necessity for wedding and event photographers to carry a dedicated Macro lens and it features a 77mm filter thread.
The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features an aspherical glass-moulded (GMo) element positioned at the rear of the optical path to correct aberration for the entire optical system. Additionally, each individual element features optimised Super Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare. In addition, as with the Hybrid IS on the Canon 24-40mm f/4L IS, Canon claims a 4-stop advantage when shooting with the IS turned on. The lens features rounded aperture blades and should render softer out of focus areas giving photographers seeking a more pleasing bokeh something to smile about. The compact and bright f/2 lens features a 67mm filter thread and combined with IS will make this an interesting choice for many professional and consumer photographers.
The Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens is supplied with a lens pouch and reversible lens hood. It is expected to be available in December for a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $1,499.00 and the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM lens is expected to be available in December for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $849.99.