Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

November 6, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Lenses | 8 Comments |
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Canon has added two new image stabilised offerings to its EF lens line-up. Combining a useful focal range with a premium quality L-series construction, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM also features a new macro function which also optimises the placement of lens groups during macro photography, allowing shooting at a maximum magnification of 0.7x. A dust- and moist-resistant construction enables the lens to be used in less than ideal weather conditions, when coupled with a similarly sealed camera body. The EF 35mm f/2 IS USM (pictured above) is Canon’s first-ever 35mm prime to feature optical Image Stabilisation, with a claimed four-stop advantage when shooting hand-held. Intelligent detection of panning motion is also supported, with Panning IS mode automatically engaged to enable photographers to capture movement with greater accuracy. The Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM are expected to be available in December for approximate retail prices of $1,499.00 / £1499 and $849.99 / £799, respectively.

Canon Press Release

Canon launches the new EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 6 November 2012 – Canon today adds to its world-famous EF lens series with the launch of two models designed for enthusiasts and professionals – the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Offering first-class optical technologies alongside highly compact designs, the new lenses are perfect for a range of creative purposes, including reportage, landscape, portrait, and travel photography.

Ideal for use alongside DSLRs like the new EOS 6D, both new lenses utilise the latest Canon technologies to consistently deliver superb results. Both include aspherical lenses and Super Spectra Coatings optimised for each individual element, Canon’s industry-leading Image Stabilizer (IS) technology and Ultrasonic Motors for superfast Auto Focus (AF) – providing outstanding optical performance. The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is also the latest lens to feature Hybrid IS, delivering shake-free shots at any distance, including at macro focal lengths.

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM – high performance, high flexibility, Hybrid IS
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is the latest addition to Canon’s elite L-series, and expands the range of standard zoom EF lenses available for both professional and amateur photographers. Ideal for reportage and wedding photography, it combines an essential everyday focal range with a premium quality L-series construction, delivering consistently sharp, professional-quality stills in a range of different situations. A new macro function also optimises the placement of lens groups during macro photography, allowing shooting at a maximum magnification of 0.7x – reducing the need for photographers to carry a dedicated macro lens.

Its first-class optical system 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. A constant f/4 aperture throughout the zoom range provides photographers with exceptional creative control, allowing blurring of the background of a scene at all focal lengths. A nine-blade circular iris also assists photographers in making their subjects stand out, delivering beautiful out of focus highlights (bokeh) in the background blur to add atmosphere to a shot.

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 offers a 4-stop light advantage, while Hybrid IS effectively compensates for angular and shift shake during macro shooting for stable close ups.

Superfast AF performance is provided by a small, ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM). Working in combination with a high-performance CPU and advanced AF algorithms, USM technology enables accurate, silent and ultra-responsive autofocusing. Full-time manual focusing also ensures adjustments can be made even when AF is engaged.

The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM features a high grade, usability-focused design – both inside and out. The exterior features a high quality leather-texture coating, a revised shape ensures ease-of-use, and the focusing and zoom rings have been designed for optimal operation. Additionally, a dust and drip-proof construction is resistant to dust and moisture, a lock function protects lenses from knocks when travelling, while fluorine coating minimises the amount of dust, dirt and fingerprints that adhere to the front and rear lenses – helping to maintain superior image quality and reduce the need for cleaning.

EF 35mm f/2 IS USM – take a wider look at the world
The new EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is designed to offer outstanding flexibility – allowing photographers to capture an even broader range of scenes and subjects in wide-angle. The lens is Canon’s first-ever 35mm prime to feature optical Image Stabilizer technology, which combines with high quality optics to offer outstanding performance from a lightweight, compact body. The 35mm focal length also provides the ability to capture everything from close-up portraits to wide-angle landscapes, making it an ideal companion for travel or general reportage photography.

Its advanced specification offers photographers great flexibility to shoot a wider-range of scenes and subjects. A bright, fixed f/2 aperture also allows photographers to employ a shallow depth of field, and optical IS offers users a 4-stop light advantage, allowing the capture of blur-free images in low light conditions when shooting handheld. Intelligent detection of panning motion is also supported, with Panning IS mode automatically engaged to enable photographers to capture movement with greater accuracy.

Designed to deliver exceptional image quality, the 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 – ensuring excellent colour balance with minimal need for post processing. A combination of a ring-type USM and high performance CPU also provides rapid AF performance, with full-time manual focus also available for users who want to retain maximum control.

New lens caps – designed for greater ease and convenience
Both new lenses also come with newly-designed Mark II lens caps, which incorporate a hook mechanism in the centre of the cover, as opposed to the sides. Simply pinching the hook allows users to quickly remove and replace caps mid-shoot, especially when using lens hoods. The re-designed lens caps will start to be rolled out across Canon’s entire EF lens range from the beginning of January 2013, and will also be available to buy separately.

EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM key features:
·      High image quality 24-70mm lens with f/4 aperture
·      Light weight design
·      Built in IS
·      Macro function
·      Dust / moisture resistant

EF 35mm f/2 IS USM key features:
·      Fixed prime 35mm wide angle lens
·      4 stop Image Stabilizer
·      Fast f/2 minimum aperture
·      Compact size and design
·      Circular aperture

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#1 Christy Harper

These new lens look amazing, thanks for the review :)

10:20 am - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#2 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Cheers Christy but we'd like to make it clear that this is not a review, just a product announcement. Our completed lens reviews are found at http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/#lenses

11:51 am - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#3 cheap nikon digital SLR cameras

That's great news or information for me because I have already searched that kind of lens for my canon camera whose I purchase phone cheapest canon digital camera, so thank you so much for sharing.

1:24 pm - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#4 Steve

I have to admit, I was excited at first for the new 24-70mm having IS. But when I saw it is an f4, I was a little disappointed. Being a videographer, that IS is important, but was hopping for a f2.8 to replace my current 24-70.

5:19 pm - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#5 Liam

IS? Really? You've got problems if you can't hold a 35mm F2 steady.

7:25 pm - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#6 Steve

Yes really. The problem is you didn't read my post. I said nothing about the 35mm and the IS is important for video.

8:54 pm - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#7 Chris

Canon can jump off a cliff with those prices! How is it 3rd parties can make lenses with better or similar quality glass for less money. Samyang's 35mm f1.4 beats out Canon's own L in terms of image quality. Does autofocus really cost £700 to put on a lens?

I wonder who will buy the 24-70 F/4 L over the Tamron 24-70 F/2.8 VC. £1499 vs £850. You can't tell me a red stripe is worth £650 and 1 fstop.

Canon have clearly forgotten about photographers. The fact they're still using the same ancient 0.5um process and off chip ADC's, says it all really. Their business strategy seems to consist of cornering the video market. In the mean time, I can see serious amateurs and pro's switching to Nikon, or even Pentax. I know I've thought about it more than once.

Sony are winning the sensor game. 3rd parties are hot on their heels in the lens game.

Canon - the new Kodak?

10:04 pm - Tuesday, November 6, 2012

#8 Liam

Steve, I wasn't replying to your post. It was just a general comment aimed at the production of the 35mm.

1:09 am - Wednesday, November 7, 2012