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Canon Cuts 22 Lens Prices Permanently, Up To $1000 In Savings

By Anthony Thurston on September 1st 2014

I am always combing the web for deals of any kind, but man, I have to tell you. It sure is nice when Canon does all the work and I just have to share the details with you. Today, I was made aware that Canon has cut prices of a ton of their lenses, over 22 total, plus some accessories – some with as much a $1000 in savings!canon-lenses

The best part about these deals, they are all permanent (that is what we are being told anyway), so there is no time limit. The prices you will see below are the new permanent prices for these lenses. I wonder if this means Canon has finally realized that people are not down with their extreme pricing on the majority of their products.

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Permanent Canon Price Drops

Primes

  • EF 135mm f/2.0L USM – drops from $1089 to $1049 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM – drops from $819 to $779 –Find it at B&H
  • EF 50mm f/1.2L USM – drops from $1619 to $1549 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM – drops from $1579 to $1499 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM – drops from $2199 to $2099 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – drops from $1049 to $949 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM – drops from $1749 to $1649 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM – drops from $2359 to $2249 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM – drops from $13999 to $13499 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM – drops from $7299 to $6599 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM – drops from $11499 to $10499 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM – drops from $10499 to $9499 – Find it at B&H
  • EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM – drops from $12999 to $11999 – Find it at B&H

Zooms

Special lenses and accessories

Some of these are really great deals, like the 24-70mm F/4 dropping $500, and $200 off the 24-70mm F/2.8. Obviously, since these are the new permanent prices there is no need to rush a purchase… But no one would blame you if you did!

**As we all know, pricing on lenses can be pretty fluid at times. So while these price drops are expected to be permanent, there is no guarantee on that. So if something catches your eye, probably better to jump on it sooner than later.**

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What are your thoughts on these deals? Has someone at Canon gone off their rocker or did they finally wake up to the market? Leave a comment below!

[via Canon Watch]

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. Basit Zargar

    I want all :)

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  2. Michael Moe

    looks like a good deal

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  3. Wendell Fernandes

    thats awesome… now I know that I have more to spend :P

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  4. Eric Sharpe

    Sucks! I still need to win the lottery to take advantage of the savings.

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  5. Bokeh Monk

    I wouldn’t get too excited about these price drops… it’s just reflecting the growing US/World economy & the value of the rising US dollar!

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  6. Jeff Ladrillono

    Meh. Already have the glass I need for the stuff I shoot. The only lens that looks remotely appealing is the 8-15mm fisheye. I like the idea of having a fish for FF & APS-C all in one lens. When I finally kill my rokinon fisheye, I’ll look into this.

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  7. Michael Leslie

    Too little too late, already buying other brand glass.

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  8. Steinar Knai

    It still will cost you less and give better results to switch to Nikon. Canon’s lens prices are ridiculous. After this reduction, they start approaching Nikon prices, but they are still 20-30% higher. So thanks, but no thanks :)

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    • Jacob Jexmark

      Switch to Nikon? No thanks. I’m not the “brand flavor of the month” kind of guy. I still remember all Nikonians comments when all they had was 12mp bodies. I like my Canon glass. If I’m going to switch to a 36Mp Nikon full time (I actually own a D810) I want glass that can resolve 36Mp. Oh that’s right, Nikon doesn’t have any glass that comes close to resolve that. If we as photographers would switch brands every time another brand has the edge in something we would just be throwing away money. Does my gear do what I want? Yes. Do my clients ever complain about the quality of my work? No. Have I ever missed a shot because I don’t own “Brand X”? No. So why would I switch $15.000 in bodies and glass?

      As you see I am writing a lot about camera sensors here because you can’t possibly mean that Nikon glass is superior to Canon glass…

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    • Matthew Saville

      Jacob, ROFL, if you think Nikon can’t resolve 36 MP, I hope you’re not expecting Canon to be able to do so any time soon! Nikon has historically always been much sharper across the board, and today’s 2.8 zooms and 1.8 1.4 primes continue this tradition. There are innumerable lenses that resolve fantastically on the D810. In fact if it were even remotely possible to adapt a Canon lens to the Nikon mount, 100% of head-to-head comparisions would favor Nikon, except maybe the new Canon 24-70 which would just marginally beat the Nikon.

      So, why not switch? What glass is it that you actually like, and how does it actually compare to a Nikon equivalent? Because unless you’re gonna start talking about bokeh and “that look” that hipster wedding photogs go for, you’re gonna be hard-pressed to come up with any actual superiorities…

      (tongue in cheek)
      =Matt=

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    • Matthew Saville

      It’s hard to see these as “amazing savings” when I’ve always thought that many of these lenses (the ones over $2K) were already highly over-priced, …and the rest of them are mostly just $50 reductions.

      I’ll classify this as “Canon is taking a small, small step towards reducing the loss of sales from Canon to companies like Sigma and Rokinon…”

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    • Jacob Jexmark

      Yes Matt, those “crushing” nikkor results sure makes me want to switch to a whole new brand and spend thousands of dollars for a camera that will give me no real world results. For fun I took the Canon lenses I’ve used lately and pitted them against the Nikon versions (as close as I could) in DxO Marks sharpness scores.

      I used the 6D and the D610 for an as close as I could sharpness/pixel comparison.

      16-35/2.8 C13 N17 (14-24)
      24-70/2.8 C17 N15
      70-200/2.8 C18 N18 (Shitty lens at close focus)
      300/2.8 C21 N21
      100/2.8 Macro C17 N16 (105 Micro)
      50/1.4 C15 N16
      35/1.4 C15 N16

      Not really a “OMG I must go out and spend a fortune switching systems”-result.

      “I hope you’re not expecting Canon to be able to do so any time soon!”

      Never said I did. I’m perfectly fine with 22Mpix. Wouldn’t mind that pesky AA-filter being gone though.

      “Nikon has historically always been much sharper across the board, and today’s 2.8 zooms and 1.8 1.4 primes continue this tradition.”

      See chart. It’s pretty much a wash.

      “There are innumerable lenses that resolve fantastically on the D810.”

      Not really. There is one, yes ONE lens that can resolve the D810. The Zeiss Sonnar 135. At most Nikon glass will give you ~24Mpix of optical resolution. Not good enough to switch. When the glass comes, I’ll have the body. I have no desires getting rid of my D810.

      ” In fact if it were even remotely possible to adapt a Canon lens to the Nikon mount, 100% of head-to-head comparisions would favor Nikon.”

      Hypothetical guesswork since a) you can’t try b) charts suggests at best the result would be pretty equal, depending on lens ofc.

      “So, why not switch?”

      How about not wanting to spending a lot of money for not a lot more usability? Sure those pixels are nice when peeping. But will a hugely expensive switch give me more clients? Not likely. Happier clients? Not likely. A hole in my wallet? For sure!
      Don’t get me wrong. If you own a lens or two, yes then maybe a switch is great if you like to watch all those pixels. The D810 is a _fantastic_ camera, I have never said different.

      “how does it actually compare to a Nikon equivalent?”

      See chart. Not a mind blowing difference. Oh, and I left out the 2-3 lenses I’ve used lately that Nikon has no equivalent of.

      If anyone is thinking about switching they should consider only one thing in my book (does not apply to those with to much money lying around):

      Does a switch give me a substantial increase in work/results contra price? I think that most people would find the answer to be no.

      As a side note, if I were to buy into a new full frame DSLR without owning one before I would probably go for the D810. But as an owner of a vast system of bodies, lenses, speedlights and so on it would take ALOT more than what the D810 has to offer for me to make the switch. There is no picture I can’t take for my clients with what I have.

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  9. Rafael Steffen

    Great Savings! Now it is a good time to get that lens that you have been waiting for. Great!

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