The rumor mill has spit out another interesting rumor that I thought I might make some mouths water (ha!). The latest rumors are saying that Canon has completed work on a new 50mm lens that could be released sometime in early (Q1) 2014.


The new lens would likely be a new f/1.8 and would fall in line with the other new line of Image Stabilized lenses like the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm lenses. At this point the rumor is not much more than that, we don’t have specs or pricing, or anything fun to think about. On the pricing though it is thought that this lens would run for more than the current Canon 50mm f/1.4, which this new 50mm f/1.8 would be replacing.

Am I the only one that would much rather see a new 50mm F/1.4? I understand the thinking from Canon here, three different versions of the 50mm is a bit much and the difference between f/1.4 and f/1.2 is not huge.

I guess that the other angle here is that this would basically put and end to the Canon “Nifty Fifty”. This new 50mm f/1.8 would probably be 4 to 5 times the cost of the current model. Which is enough to price it out of the “first lens after the kit lens” for most beginning photographers, well maybe not price it out but definitely make it much less appealing than the current $100 Canon 50mm f/1.8 II.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you happy to see a higher end 50mm F/1.8 model or would you rather see a new 50mm F/1.4 model. Let us know in a comment below!

[via Canon Rumors]