We shared a rumor a while back about a new Canon 11-24mm F/4L, and today, we have an update for you. Canon Rumors is reporting that they have received multiple confirmations on this lens, enough so that they believe the rumor is legit.
CR also speculated on the price, saying that they have been hearing most often that the lens will be available for around the $3,000 mark. In case you need a refresher, the 11-24mm F/4L rumor first surfaced about 2 weeks ago (after initially being thought to be an F/2.8 as early as August), and has just been gaining steam since then.
In addition to the update on the 11-24mm rumor update, CR has an update on the 100-400mm. According to the rumor site, the 100-400mm was originally supposed to be announced with the 7D Mark II at Photokina as was heavily rumored. But the lens was pulled at the last minute due to some sort of delay.
CR says that the 100-400mm could be announced in November and have availability as soon as December, but they “aren’t holding their breath.” No update on pricing for that lens though. It is also notable that Canon has officially said a replacement for the 100-400mm is coming, it’s just a matter of WHEN and HOW SOON.
As for the 11-24mm F/4L coming in at $3,000, I seriously have to wonder who Canon expects to pay that sort of money for an F/4 lens. Yes, it is wide, and yes, it is an L lens, but unless there is some sort of revolutionary new technology on board that we aren’t aware of yet, I can’t help but wonder how on earth that price is justified.
I also wonder about that “delay” on the 100-400mm. I wonder if it at all has to do with Sigma’s release of two 150-600mm lenses. It wouldn’t be too surprising to me if Canon saw what Sigma was going to announce, and decided to go back and make some changes to their lens (likely to make the lens more competitive on pricing). That is complete speculation on my part, and I doubt we would ever find out even if that was the case.
What are your thoughts on these Canon lens updates? Would you pay $3,000 for the 11-24mm F/4L? Did Canon’s pushback of the 100-400 have something to do with Sigma’s dual 150-600mm lenses? Leave a comment below!