Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors and announcements.

Canon 35mm F/1.4L II Leaked


We have heard rumblings over the last month or two that a Canon 35mm F/1.4L II would be on the way this month, and thanks to a recent leak, it appears that information was correct. An official announcement for the new Canon 35mm F/1.4L II could come at some point this week if the rumors are correct.

In addition to the leaked image above, some leaked specs have also come out which point to the new lens being comprised of 14 elements in 11 groups and featuring a 9 bladed aperture. You can check out the full leaked specs below.

Rumored Canon 35mm F/1.4L Specs

  • Lens construction: 11 group 14 elements
  • 2 aspherical lenses (1 ground aspherical and 1 large diameter glass molded aspherical)
  • UD Lens
  • BR Lens
  • SWC Coating
  • Fluorine Coating
  • 9 Aperture Blades
  • Minimum focusing distance of 0.28m
  • Maximum magnification is 0.21X
  • Dust & Weather sealed
  • Filter Diameter: 72 mm
  • Total Length: 105.5mm
  • Maximum Diameter: 80.4mm
  • Weight: 760 g
  • Hood: EW-77B

The new Canon 35mm is expected to come in around the $1600 range, but that is not part of this particular leak and goes back to previous rumors about the lens. So what are your thoughts, SLR Lounge Community? Will this lens match or beat the Sigma 35mm Art that everyone is so in love with?  Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

EOS-1D X Mark II Nearing Announcement


According to the latest rumor buzz, the upcoming new Canon Flagship EOS-1D X Mark II has entered its final pre-production phase and is now being tested by photographers across the globe.

As of right now, we don’t have any specs or leaks regarding technical details, but if the camera is in the field being tested, it means an announcement isn’t too far off, and leaks should start coming in shortly.

It will be interesting to see how this next Canon Flagship looks and compares to the other top cameras out right now and specifically, how they address the feature gap between their DSLRs and the mirrorless cameras out there.

What are you looking forward to from the next Canon flagship camera? What features do you think it needs to have to be relevant in today’s market with all the buzz around mirrorless systems? Leave a comment below and let us know!

Zeiss Batis Lens Demand ‘Higher Than Production Capabilities’


The new Zeiss Batis series of Sony FE mount lenses is a huge hit. So much so, in fact, that Zeiss has stated that demand is far higher than production currently allows for. This is leading to a situation where it is almost impossible to get your hands on one of these lenses in the U.S. right now.

According to the Zeiss statement, the current delivery timetable is 3-4 MONTHS after an order is placed to get one of these lenses. I don’t know about you, but it sounds to me like Zeiss needs to expand their production capabilities or facilities if it is going to take that long to get a lens that is supposed to be available.

This is not the first time a lens manufacturer has fallen behind on the supply/demand chain, but given the limited options on Sony’s FE mount currently, the situation is exacerbated. I understand that gauging interest for a lens pre-launch is a dicey endeavor, but in my opinion, it is totally unacceptable for the wait to be 3-4 months.

This isn’t just a problem with Zeiss either; Sigma has been pretty suspect with lens availability for some lenses lately, too. I know it is partly to create an artificial demand for the lens, but in my opinion when you start to get into the ‘numerous months of waiting’ territory, you are doing more harm than good to your sales of the lens. Where do you all stand on this?

What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!