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Canon 35mm F/1.4L II Leaked, 1DX Mark II Coming Soon, Batis Lens Demand Too Much for Zeiss | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on August 26th 2015

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

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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

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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’

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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!

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. Hagos Rush

    just saying, i need to get a real job to afford these lenses man. Photography is a hobby that may soon need to be an actual job :)

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  2. adam sanford

    And Canon has FINALLY responded to the Sigma Art lenses. Wow.

    I know a theoretical MTF chart is just a glimpse of what we might get, but you have to admit: that is one sexy, sexy glimpse.

    http://www.canonrumors.com/2015/08/ef-35-f1-4l-and-ef-35-f1-4l-ii-mtf-comparison/

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  3. J D

    Hopefully the next 1Dx is amazing so people jump to it so the price of the original 1Dx goes down so I can pick one up.

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  4. Michael Burnham

    IMHO Nikon and Canon flagship camera are aimed squarely at photojournalists (remember them) and sport photographers. That is it. These are the guys who’s livelihoods depend on getting the shot the first time because there are no retakes. And often, especially with photojournalists, these guys have to get the shot in far less than ideal and rapidly changing environments where they and their equipment is going to get knocked around. If you are landscape photographer, wedding photographer or portrait photographer and the 1DX Mk2 still looks like an up-armored Humvee then it wasn’t meant for your style of photography. And there is nothing wrong with the camera or when what you do. They are just not a good match.

    Often we look at photos from war zones and don’t consider that those guys need equipment that can literally survive and perform in war zones. That is what a flagship camera does and they are not meant for even the majority of professional photographers.

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  5. adam sanford

    That 35L II is Canon’s first non-white L prime in 6 years. It’s replacing a 17 year old lens, so it should mop the floor with it. The 35L II just needs to match the IQ of the Sigma 35 Art, provide weather sealing and *more consistent AF performance at f/1.4* and it will sell very well, even at a high markup.

    More importantly, this reads on Canon’s lens strategy. This could have been Canon’s first f/1.4 lens to get IS, but for whatever reason, it looks like they are not going with it and we should expect the same decision for future updates to the 24L II, 50L and 85L. I know IS + f/1.4 is overkill, but I seem to live in ISO 6400+ handheld/no-flash environments, so anything that let’s me walk down the ISO is welcomed.

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    • Colin Woods

      IS is always welcome for me. I have the new Tamron 15-30mm which lots of people said was too wide to need IS. Nonsense, the IS rocks even at 15mm – it means I can have 3 stops lower ISO or handhold at quarter of second (or one full second if I lean against something) and get it right.

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    • adam sanford

      Yep. This. I just shot at a museum event this past weekend that had poor lighting and flashes/tripods were not allowed. I shot a 2.8 IS lens and even with that I was struggling to keep ISO under 8,000.

      IS helps with all focal lengths if you are challenged for light.

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    • Dave Haynie

      One does grow to appreciate IBIS. Now with Sony going that route on FF, I wonder if Canon and Nikon can avoid that forever and just stick with OIS, lower performance at anything but longer telephoto and only on the occasional lens.

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    • Matthew Saville

      You said it. Sigma’s one downfall is…wait their two downfalls are, the lack of weather sealing, and the AF consistency at super-fast apertures in “jittery” situations.

      Personally I just stopped trusting my Sigma 35 1.4 altogether, when it came time to shoot critical images at 1.4 like group photos where I need sharp faces edge to edge. I just get my camera tripod’ed, focus using live view, and tell people to hold still and be in a perfectly straight line. Trying to use autofocus hand-held was a joke.

      The lack of weather sealing in Art lenses doesn’t bother me as much though. The lenses are built decently solid, with very tight tolerances, and that matters a lot more than a rubber gasket or two. Aside from the rearmost mount gasket of course. My bigger problem has to do with other design flaws I’m finding in the Sigma Art lineup, but that’s a whole different article I should write…

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  6. Lauchlan Toal

    Judging by rumours, we’re in for a real clash of the titans when Canon and Nikon both unveil their new flagships. Looking forward to seeing how this pans out.

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    • adam sanford

      My question: is it still a flagship rig if the studio/landscape crowd is using something else? :-)

      With a 50 MP offering on the 5D line, the 1DX/1DX II — despite all it’s best in class creature comforts, integral grip, metering niceties and such — is starting to look like a sports/wildlife dedicated platform. Studio and landscape guys don’t need 14 fps, armageddon-like build and spanky new servo AF options — they need detail and color.

      It’s going to be interesting to see if there is an outcry for a 50 MP sensor to get tucked into that 1DX II body, effectively splitting the FF flagship lines back into a speed version and a detail version a la 1D vs. 1Ds. (I personally see it heading that way.)

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    • Dave Haynie

      I think the flagship models have always tended to be a bit less on resolution and more on speed and that whole “built like a tank” thing, at least when considering Nikon and Canon… I guess no one else plays on that exclusive playground, aside from the MF folks.

      And I agree about the possibility of multiple specialized models. Camera technology is at the point where you absolutely are going to make one decision for speed and a different one for resolution or perhaps low-light. That also drops right in to the current strategy of most of the players: sell the same guy more bodies.

      Today’s models are good enough that, unlike the past, I don’t get drool all over my computer/tablet everytime a new model comes out. Still interesting, but there’s less of a need to regularly upgrade than, say, ten years ago. That’s the only factor you really need to account for the dropping sales of all higher-end cameras. Specialization is one way around that.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Adam, IMO the “titans” have been dedicated to sports for a long time now.

      In fact in the Nikon camp their flagship lineup has ALWAYS been sports-oriented, aside from the borderline silly D3X, ($8K for a camera that got out-sensored almost immediately by the D800 and D600)

      The Canon 1Ds 3 was out-sensored by the 5D2, and the 1DX was clearly a step back from that, wholly in the direction of high-speed sports.

      Which is really understandable, actually, since fast-action sports are the last holdout for optical viewfinder DSLRs anyways. IMO Nikon and Canon have been seeing the writing on the wall ever since they internally caught wind of cameras like the A7R. I bet that as soon as Sony told Nikon they had a 36 MP sensor to sell, Nikon knew what was coming on the mirrorless front, and that is why we just don’t see $8,000 DSLRs anymore, period. The high-end sports flagships are $5-6K, and the high-end high-res cameras are $3-4K. They can call it prosumer or advanced amateur or whatever they want, but the know damn well that pro landscape photographers aren’t messing around with a low-resolution, high-dollar DSLR body that weighs an extra pound or two just for the permanent vertical grip. Not with cameras like the A7R2 weighing in at ~22 oz and offering ground-breaking image quality.

      TL,DR; I don’t think anybody will whine for a 50 MP sensor in a 1DX body. Anybody who does is just completely inebriated on Canon kool-aid, and really needs a Pulp Fiction style syringe shot of Sony sensor wake-up juice. Either that or a D820 / D850 / D900, with a Sony sensor. ;-)

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    • Stephen Jennings

      I don’t know if the flagships should be aimed at the landscape crowd.. Nikon had the d800 for that, Canon now has the 5ds .. perfect for the landscape people. As a portrait and event photographer the things that worry me most would be speed, to an extent, but mostly image quality and iso performance .. which the flagship models offer. Out of my price range of course, and 16mp is pretty lame anymore, but I think it still adequately targets the correct demographics.

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    • Ralph Hightower

      Regarding the “flagship” status, I think that would be more oriented to sports and journalism.

      In 2013, my wife and I were returning home from a trip. I mentioned that KEH had a used Canon F-1N for sale. She asked “That’s their flagship?” I answered “Yes, for the 80’s.” She said “Get it.”

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