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Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L Exists in Prototype – Canon Delivers at Photokina + Important 3rd Update β­πŸ‘‚β­πŸ‘‚β­πŸ‘‚β­πŸ‘‚

December 6, 2013

πŸ”  Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L exists in prototypes, and seen in the field, rumors have it… However, Patent Diagrams and Patent filings are not Rumors; Patents may be the beginning of a long path to an actual product release. But the Rumors are getting Louder and Louder. Since Nikon and Sigma have had this Focal Length zooms for some time, it is Now time for Canon to get with the program. Recent chatter indicates that this lens may be a 2013 item, possible announcement at Photokina in Cologne, Germany.

πŸ”  Is Canon going wider with a New very-high quality ultra-wide “L” zoom lens…That is the Question for 2013. Having learned of the possible existence of an EF 14-24 f/2.8L recently, a lens that a lot of people, Canon SLR users, want to see this come to fruition, sooner rather than later, this writer Included…

πŸ”  As an owner of Canon’s 16-35mm f2.8L II, which we really appreciate its optical performance; I may have to take a Very Serious Look at a Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L when it comes to market. Will this be a $2500 item? Canon has a quality 14mm 2.8L Prime lens, which we’ve owned and used; Therefore we know Canon can get to 14mm for FF Digital cameras in very fine fashion. To see an “L” zoom covering this range of 14-24mm would be terrific coupled to our 5D3 for Still and HDTV Video clip-coverage.

πŸ”  The EF 14-24 f/2.8L lens would make a terrific supplement to having a Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L Zoom II among others. Personally, because Canon is capable of creating Very High Resolution “L” zoom lenses, I perfer having several high quality “L” Zoom lenses like presently:

1⃣ Canon 16-35mm f2.8L zoom

2⃣ Canon 24-70mm f2.8L zoom

3⃣ Canon 70-200m f2.8L zoom,

4⃣ Canon 100-400mm IS L Zoom, added for the Sports Shooter.

5⃣ Canon 28-300mm IS f3.5L Zoom, added when changing lenses in the Field is simply not practicle.

6⃣ The alternative to the above 5-lenses displayed, is having many “Prime” Lenses, and potentially too many lens changes for “field work.” With 1⃣ + 2⃣ + 3⃣ this Zoom Lens-Trifecta, you’d have total focal length coverage from 16-200mm, at a constant aperature of f2.8L, Plus the very popular 100-400 IS L zoom for incredible focal range.

7⃣ The alternative to 6⃣ above is a TWO Lens Quinella, 1⃣ + 5⃣ where you’d have total focal length coverage from 16-300mm, both having “L” quality Optics and Build quality and an incredible focal range, giving up only the f2.8 constant aperature feature. This may be THE choice for our shop.

8⃣ The alternative to 7⃣ above is a THREE Lens Kit, 1⃣ + 2⃣ + 4⃣ where you’d have total focal length coverage from 16-300mm, both having “L” quality Optics and Build quality and an incredible focal range, giving up the f2.8 constant aperature feature, and you’d be loosing 29mm of focal-range from 71mm-99mm assuming this not a hot spot for what you capture. Honestly, I’m waiting for Canon to deliver the rumored 2nd “II” version of their hugely popular 100-400mm IS Zoom (I’ve written a separate article on this topic). Its been 12 years since Canon engineered the present version, its time for a modern version with an enhanced IS module, and renewed Optical and Materials implementation.

8⃣ Admittedly, years ago I was a “Prime Lens” purist, having $25,000 with 8 of Canon’s finest “L” Primes . Today with Canon’s 7D, 5D Mark III, or Canon 1DX, with Canon’s finest computer aided design team, capability with Canon’s best optical engineers, combining with very high-tech Canon exclusive Glass Formulations. Canon “L” Zoom Lenses offer incredible high resolution, high light transmittance, and excellent saturation.

βœ” We’ve also been told that a Canon EF 12-24 f/2.8L also exists in prototype form and could become a product instead of the EF 14-24 f/2.8L. I can only recall Sigma making such a lens for full frame cameras. Going this wide would certainly put some space between the less costly (assuming based on Canon pricing history) EF 17-40 f/4L $800 and more pricey EF 16-35 f/2.8L II at $1500, likely exceeding say $2200.

βœ” We have heard of a possible EF 12-24 f/2.8L, no visible “Patent Applications” though, so take it with a “few pounds of salt.” As the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L has several interations, perhaps its time for a wider, syper-wide “L” lens. However, we do not want to play “Marketing Executive” for Canon. The Patent Diagram of the 14mm “L” Zoom is REAL, the image of the “Canon 14mm zoom Lens” is not necessarily so.

Rumor ID: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L .

Rumor Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Viability Rated by Jimmy

Rumor Viability Comment: Patents are Real, the Question is When will an actual product be delivered, recent comments say 2013 is the year for it.

βœ” This lines-scetch is a real diagram abstracted from Canon’s Patent Application filing. Therefore we know that Canon has done the engineering of this lens design, and has enough confidence its design and commercialization that it spent the Legal Fees to make the filing. However, many patents don’t result to products delivered. Personally, I would give this lens serious consideration, as its perfect for photojournalish, which is a major portion of our imaging and video coverage.

βœ” The image below is a real NIKON lens attached to a Canon Digital camera. These are the images that make Canon crazy; where a Canon Camera owner would couple a Nikon Lens to it with a “cheeter adapter.” Mounting a ZEISS lens onto Canon is “fair game” as ZEISS is well known for delivering amazing image resolution, and where ZEISS is not in the Digital SLR Camera business.

βœ” Having personally owned Canon’s 14mm f2.8L prime lens, shown here, notice the extreme convex surface of the outer element. If and when Canon decides to go into Commercial Production for a 14-24mm Ultra-Wide L zoom, one would have to give it serious consideration. My guess Expect an over $2200 price, I stress guess.

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