The empire strikes back? I guess it's safe to assume that the success of Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art has triggered an earlier than planned release of the 35L II.
Patent: Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II:
- Focal length f = 35.50mm
- Fno. 1.45
- Half angle ω = 31.36 °
- Image height 21.64mm
- The overall length of the lens 135.01mm
- BF 38.56mm
- 11 pieces Lens Construction 9 group
- One piece of one aspherical surface
- The effective diameter of the front lens 49.79mm
I am curious what is going to be the price for this monster and will it have IS? I'm going to guess the price will be well above 2000$ and that it won't have IS. It still seems to me that adding IS will degrade sharpness even if it's just going to be minimal degradation? And design seems oddly similar to 35mm f/1.4L: 11 elements / 9 groups compared to Sigma: 13 elements / 11 groups.
Also other new patents from Canon: EF 14mm f/2.8 L III USM (?) and 24 f/2.8.