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Canon 85mm L Replacement? Zeiss Announcements This Week? | Daily Roundup

By Anthony Thurston on September 8th 2015

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Canon 85mm L Replacement In The Works?

Canon 85mm 1.2

Last week, we began hearing reports that the 50mm L lens from Canon could be getting replaced here in the not so distant future. Today, the buzz is surrounding a possible 85mm L replacement.

According to the CR report, the 85mm L could be replaced as soon as September of 2016 (so still a fair ways off) and will likely feature the new blue spectrum refractive element that is featured in the newly released 35mm F/1.4L. This could be an interesting move by Canon; as of now, Sigma seems unwilling to update their 85mm offering, and this could be a chance for Canon to preempt a Sigma 85mm release.

The rumor also states that this new 85mm would be weather sealed, have improved AF (a MUST for the 85mm), will be lighter, and include some sort of new manual focusing system. The bit about the manual focusing system worries me, to be honest. I’m not sure how much innovation can be made in traditional manual focusing apparatuses, and the only option currently available is a focus by wire system, which would be a bad call for a pro lens if you ask me.

Regardless, if September 2016 is the correct time, there is plenty of time for this rumor to evolve and more information to come out. But for the sake of discussion, what do you guys think of this 85mm L rumor? Make sure and leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

New Wide Angle Zeiss Coming this Week?


Rumor has it that Sony will be announcing their new E-Mount 4K camcorder this Friday at 9 am in Berlin, and now we are hearing that around that same time a Zeiss will be making an announcement of their own.

The common line of thought on this matter currently is that Zeiss will be announcing a new E-mount lens or lenses, which would make sense to have that announcement coincide with a Sony announcement. Right now, the only lens we are pretty sure is coming will be some sort of wide angle Loxia lens, but we aren’t sure HOW wide at this point. I would assume it is probably around the 24mm mark, given the other Loxia primes at 35mm and 50mm. But it’s possible they go wider.

There is also the possibility they announce some other lenses, but at this point, we have no information on that, so at the least I would expect the Loxia, and maybe some more – possibly video/camcorder-related lenses.

What sort of lens announcements would you like to see from Zeiss on Friday?

Mitakon .95 Pancake Lens Coming Soon?


Another interesting rumor has it that Mitakon, maker of super-fast manual focus prime lenses, has a new announcement coming soon. The rumor is that it will be a 25mm lens that features a .95 maximum aperture and will be a pancake lens for micro four-thirds mount.

No word yet on if it will also be available for other mounts, but the price is expected to be about the same as the Voigtlander 25mm Nokton lens. This Mitakon lens is also expected to feature 11 elements, and a great minimum focus distance that will help it surpass (according to the rumor) the Voightlander offering.

The lens is said to be the fastest, most compact lens in the world. We don’t know exactly when the lens will be announced, but it is expected to be very soon.  So keep an eye out, and we will update you as soon as we know more.

Nikon Patents 28mm F/1.8 VR


It would seem that Tamron is not the only company looking into F/1.8 image-stabilized prime lenses. A new Nikon patent has appeared, featuring the optical design for a 28mm F/1.8 prime lens featuring VR.

The recent announcement of Tamron’s 35mm F/1.8 VC and 45mm F/1.8 VC are likely to inspire other companies to take the plunge and offer image-stabilized versions of their fast F/1.8 prime lenses. If this patent from Nikon is any indication, it appears that Nikon could be coming to market with some of their own image-stabilized fast primes in the near future.

This could also be a dud patent that never sees the light of day, and that may have been the case before these Tamron announcements, but maybe Nikon is dusting off this old patent now to produce a competing product. Who knows.

Would you like to see some image-stabilized fast primes from Nikon in that sub-$700 range? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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!

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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. Fotograf Nunta Brasov

    Let’s hope canon will release sometime this year the new 85 f 1.2. But it will be at least 2500+

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  2. Rony Bhuiyan


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  3. Eric Mazzone

    Fly by wire 85mm L? Not interested at all. Fly by wire any lens? Still not interested. The focusing is too touchy and will blast back and forth over what I’m focusing on.

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  4. Dalibor Tomic

    Amen to that Adam

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  5. adam sanford

    Anthony, Canon formally fessed today up to a 120 MP SLR in development.

    Any lens chatter just got obiterated by the cacophony of that news.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      It’s funny how much changes in the 1.5 hour drive to work after I write each day. haha

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    • adam sanford

      That said, an 85mm f/1.2L III would be classic Canon — double down where they are strong and leave numerous sucking belly wounds unattended to. :P

      We need to update the following lenses…

      50mm f/1.4 USM
      85mm f/1.8 USM
      135 f/2L USM
      Higher quality/speed/focusing lenses for EF-S and EF-M

      …a whoooooole lot more than we need a new 85L.

      Put another way, if anyone is leaving Canon *because of its glass* it’s the folks who opted for the 6D and can’t build a good set of primes built after 1995 without paying an absolute mint for them. #pagingmatthewsaville #rantrequired

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    • Matthew Saville

      Very well put – this is not always true, however at this particular juncture in the photography industry, both Canon and Nikon need to be asking themselves “okay, what is a #1 reason we might LOSE a customer, or what is the #1 reason we might GAIN a customer?

      …For the next 2-4 years, those two items ALONE should be consuming ~90% of Canon’s R&D and marketing dollars.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Well, actually… given the fairly short list of Canon glass recommended for the 5DS (a total of 36, curiously including 11 non-L’s, and even more curious, three that I actually own!), I’m kind of wondering just what they’re planning to put onto that 120Mpixel camera. I was thinking they may be strategically updating to ensure 50-120Mpixel worthiness, but today’s 85mm f/1.2L made the list… as did my 85mm f/1.8.

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    • Dave Haynie

      Matthew… I think every manufacturer needs to be asking that question. And they probably do. But there’s a victor’s dilemma… when you’re on top, it’s easy to see every direction as “down”. So you get conservative — no earthshaking changes, nothing that’s going to upset the apple cart, nothing that’s going to alienate good customers. This is why Canon and Nikon replacement models are new, but usually not that exciting. This is why the Apple iPhones that may be announced tomorrow aren’t going to be moving in any radical direction.

      When you don’t have a really successful product and customer base, it’s much easier to be adventurous. It’s still asking that same question, “how do I now lose customers”, but when the honest answer is “impossible, I don’t have any”, you can take a risk, take a bet on some new thing that no one else has done or done successfully. When you’re right, they call it “innovation”, when you’re wrong, it’s on that years’ worst products list and then forgotten… along with the company, if the mistake was too big.

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