Canon Is Announcing Multiple New 70-200mm Lenses Soon [Rumor]

Canon Is Announcing Multiple New 70-200mm Lenses Soon [Rumor]

The Canon 70-200mm lens lineup contains some of the company's best and most popular lenses. Nonetheless, with several of the lenses hovering around the decade mark in age, it may be about time to upgrade them. Thankfully, word has it that that's exactly what Canon will be doing in short time.

The good folks at Canon Rumors are reporting that Canon is planning on replacing both the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II and EF 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses soon, with an announcement likely coming early next month. The site is quite certain, saying they can "100 percent confirm" the f/4's update to a Mark II version and "95 percent confirm" the f/2.8's update to a Mark III version, which would be the second Mark III lens in Canon's lineup (the first being the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III). Both are excellent lenses, but the f/2.8L was released in 2010 and the f/4L was released in 2006, and with their status as essential lenses (particularly the larger aperture version) and sensor resolutions pushing higher and higher, an update would surely be welcome, particularly considering the inroads third party manufacturers have made in the intervening years. 

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Kenneth Jordan's picture

Great! Now I just need to find a photographer/philanthropist to donate a current model to my favorite charity. 😎😂

Rui Bandeira's picture

the 70-200 is already a great lens, i wonder how they can improve it...

Marius Pettersen's picture

They'll find something, and then bump the price hundreds of Dollars.

Tony Tumminello's picture

I asked this in a thread elsewhere yesterday, and reduced weight seems to be the #1 thing that people are asking for with this update. Maybe they could reduce the minimum focus distance as well. The 70-200mm f4L IS in particular has a really noisy "click and whirr" when the stabilization is activated, so maybe quiet that down so it's more suitable for video. And extremely minor: likely update the paint job so it actually looks like the same cool white that newer L lenses have instead of that warmer putty white.

Nick Dors's picture

Why not make a decent 50mm F1.4 priced around the sigma ART. They would make a killing. And 50s are not as complicated to make as a 70-200 (that doesnt need a upgrade imo)

Jeff McCollough's picture

And the same for the 35 pleaseeee.

Nick Dors's picture

The recent 35mm is 3 years old. Crazy expensive, but they updated it..

Robert Nurse's picture

I've been waiting for Canon to update their 50mm f/1.4. I considered the Sigma ART. But, without IS, a minimum aperture of f/16 and a $900 price tag I figured I'd wait on Canon and continue using their old 50mm.

Nick Dors's picture

I had one on my Canon 6D, loved it. Switched to Nikon, bought one for my D800E as well. I don't need IS for my photography and never go above F11. It blows everything that Canon an Nikon have in the 50mm department out of the water. Only bokeh wise the Canon 50mm 1.2 an Nikon 58mm 1.4 are a bit smoother.

Brian Pernicone's picture

My 70-200 f/2.8L Mark II is my favorite lens. If they can improve it, I'll be throwing money at them.

yeah...just bought the IS II yesterday to replace my 2.8 nonIS...