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Canon 35mm F/1.4L Could Be Announced Within The Next 6 Months

By Anthony Thurston on June 7th 2015

Ever since the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art was announced and blew Nikon/Canon equivalents out of the water in both price and performance, Canonites have been clamoring for big red to update their 35mm F/1.4L. Well, if the latest rumor buzz is true, it could be coming this year!


According to the latest report, over on Canon Rumors, the newly updated 35mm F/1.4L is currently out in the wild being tested by a few select photographers. The rumor goes on to state that they expect the lens should be announced and available within the next six months (aka – by the end of this year).

Specs wise, this rumor also had some interesting details to share. The new 35mm F/1.4L will feature all the latest lens coatings from Canon, be dust and water resistant, and will feature a smaller filter thread than the current model – while being longer than the current model. The weight is currently unknown, but it is thought to be around the same weight as the current model.

[REWIND: Sigma 35mm Still Amazing A Year Later]

So, there you have it, the latest on Canon’s upcoming 35mm F/1.4L. I think that we are all really interested to see what Canon comes up with, as this lens would be the first real ‘answer’ from Canon for the Sigma Art series.

What are your thoughts on the upcoming 35mm F/1.4L from Canon? How do you think it will stack up against the Sigma in terms of image quality and price? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Canon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Justin Haugen

    The reason for wanting your glass to be all Canon, is for CPS. I love the Sigma offerings, but if the Canon models are clearly superior, I’d rather have the Canon versions for the performance and the superior service from Canon when I need to send in equipment. That said, it’s still a tough call.

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  2. Uncle Bob

    I just don’t see how Canon can possibly win the battle with Sigma here. It’s not like the current Canon 35L is a slouch. On the contrary, it a fantastic lens. The reason people are passing it up for the Sigma though has less to do with performance and more to do with price. Of course people are going to choose the product that is ‘as-good’ or ‘better’ for half the price… Is this new Canon 35L going to be “twice” as good as the Sigma? I tend to doubt it.

    Unless it comes out as a 35/1.2 or has IS or some other tangible advantage I’m at a loss.

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    • Dave Haynie

      For many people, absolutely true. But Canon’s always going to have the “homefield advantage” as long as they can deliver. So a 35mm f/1.4 as good or slightly better than the Sigma will still sell, just as Zeiss lenses that aren’t necessarily 4x better than a similar Art lens still sell. I think Canon and Nikon really do have to acknowledge that the bar has been raised. If they release new high-end glass that doesn’t have performance advantages over Sigma Art, that’s going to tarnish the brand over time. The idea that you’re never wrong with the first party lens is part of what justifies keeping the price high. Probably elements of service/support in there too, particularly for the working pro.

      Personally, the Canon’s looking out of my budget. But I’ve wanted a good fast 35mm lens for awhile. I am tempted by the Sigma…

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  3. Yankel Adler

    It has to soundly beat the sigma,
    not sure if it can,
    but they need lenses that can handle 50mpix

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  4. Amanda Jehle

    Canon is going to have to come down in price if they want to compete with Sigma. Don’t get me wrong, I {heart} my 50mm f1.4 Canon lens. It’s a great little lens for the price. I haven’t used the Canon 35mm f/1.4, but I did rent the Sigma 35mm last week… Wow. Just wow. Loved it. I can’t imagine my next lens purchase will be a Canon… Sigma seems to offer the most value. I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing quality while saving hundreds of dollars by buying Sigma.

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  5. Justin Haugen

    I was thinking the pricing would be in line with the 24mm 1.4 mk2 which is $1549 retail. B&H currently has the mk1 version of the 35 1.4 for $1,329.00 after a $150 mail-in rebate.

    I don’t think a retail price of $1500 for the mk2 version of the 35 1.4 is out of the question which makes the sigma version look like a continued winner in this market segment.

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  6. Justin Haugen

    FINALLY. Canon has their work cut out from them. I was in the market for a 35 1.4 and having rented the canon version a few times I decided the lens didn’t perform as well as the sigma art 35 1.4 I rented too. I ended up not going with the 35mm focal length after all, but I wouldn’t have waited for the mk2 version of the canon lens to come out as it will undoubtedly cost $1500.

    They’ve really taken their time to come to market with this and I think they gave sigma far too much time to be the superior option.

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    • Dragoș Ardeleanu

      I don’t think it would cost (and I hope it would not) $1500 for an f/1.4
      If we’re talking about the 50mm, 1.4 is about 400€, 1.2 is about 1500€
      I just hope they keep the same price policy for the 35mm also :)

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    • Justin Haugen

      I was thinking the pricing would be in line with the 24mm 1.4 mk2 which is $1549 retail. B&H currently has the mk1 version of the 35 1.4 for $1,329.00 after a $150 mail-in rebate.

      I don’t think a retail price of $1500 for the mk2 version of the 35 1.4 is out of the question which makes the sigma version look like a continued winner in this market segment.

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  7. Michael LaNasa

    I need to get off my butt and rent the Sigma — having such a hard time straying from the red ring, but if it’s causing this much conversation and possibly pushing Canon to move faster, that’s something. So the question is.. how much of a price hike are we looking at for a 35L II?

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  8. Stephen Velasquez

    What is going on in photography when we have to ask how well the canon or nikon will do against 3rd parties? How the table has turn.

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    • Thomas Horton

      The third parties are coming out with some really good glass at a cheaper cost. This can only benefit the customer.

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    • Dave Haynie

      It’s been a process…. or maybe a recovery. No one thought twice about a third party lens in the 1940’s and 1950’s — it was pretty common for some of the better lenses to not be from the camera maker. But the move to proprietary lens mounts kind of stifled that. Some of the first 3rd party lens makers in the 35mm SLR era, folks like Soligor, Sigma, and Vivitar, were reverse-engineering these lens mounts, not licensing them in any way, and they shot low.

      They started to go past that in the DSLR era. I was kind of angry at Sigma for some years, because they had reverse-engineered the Canon EF lens and guessed wrong about a few things, so my 35mm f/2.0 didn’t work on digital bodies. They offered a ROM upgrade… for a little more than I had paid for the lens. No thanks. But over time, they started to offer some pretty good glass that wasn’t just a clone of what Canon offered. I had a good mid-range-quality normal zoom for my APS Canon from Sigma, better than Canon’s kit lens, way less expensive than an L, and of course, matched to the APS format. Sold that with the 60D, but I currently have the Sigma 12-24mm, which is freaky wide for a full-frame lens and didn’t cost a mint.

      The Art series is pretty much a continuation of that. And of course, Zeiss getting back into the 3rd party lens business also helped here… way more expensive than Canon or Nikon glass, but it gets people thinking differently about 3rd party lenses. Art was kind of the icing on that cake… there won’t be that assumption that Nikon or Canon do it better. Which makes things more interesting — it’s pretty much lens vs. lens, rather than company vs. company. And maybe it pushes Canon and Nikon to do better. I think we all benefit, one way or another.

      Another factor may be the expansion of the ILC world. We have mirrorless, we have still-for-video, so there’s even more variety of lens needed. We’re more used to adapting other lens mounts, despite that being possible for Canon EOS systems all along. Olympus, Panasonic, and Panasonic-Leica all make essentially first party lenses for micro four-thirds, though the name isn’t always going to match your camera. And come companies make m43 bodies but don’t make lenses at all. Mirrorless makes manual aperture control more appealing. Higher end video calls for cinema lenses. People turning to 3rd parties for variety for reasons other than just cost works over time to make everyone accept them a little better.

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  9. Richard Bremer

    I’m really looking forward to see if Canon can surpass the optics of the Art lens. Not just sharpness, but also things like bokeh, color rendition, c.a., etc. A real challenge, in my opinion.

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  10. Michael Old

    wow Canon seems to be really pumping out a lot of lenses

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