The Rumored Canon EF 14-24mm f2.8L
This is a living breathing review of the Canon EF 14-24mm f/2.8L lens that is rumored to be announced sometime early next year. I'll keep this page updated as I gather new information about this rumored lens up until its release. Then I'll post sample photos and my experiences.
Why this lens?
This lens is most likely being created in response to user requests and the ever so popularity of the Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 lens available on Nikon setups.
This lens would be geared primarily for the landscape photographer or the sports photographer if it ever comes to fruition. It would be great for shooting skateboarding or other X-game types of sports.
Some say it will come with a rumored High Megapixel camera body. I think they are calling it the 3D in the rumor mill. This again would be geared more towards the landscape and studio photographer. Although latest rumors are saying we won't see such a camera until early 2014. Canon will likely update most of their lenses before such a camera has been released.
The Rumor Mill
Update: 08:15:14 Looks like Sigma is about to announce a 12-24mm f/4 ART lens. This will be really cool and could be the solution to our problem with Canon not having a lens in this range yet. I'll be very interested in this lens and watching it closely. Also, there are more rumors floating around about that 11-24mm Canon lens as well. Looks like an f2.8 which would be very nice. But that won't be as immediate as the Sigma 12-24mm f/4.
Update: 05:18:14 Guess what. I'm hearing this lens is in the works. The 14-24. Finally. I think what's happening and this was a rumor I read many years ago. That Canon has been working on a large megapixel camera. Something around 50. But they were having battery problems, and when you get to a camera of that megapixel magnitude, you need more pristine lenses. I don't think Canon would release a camera without have a lens line up to really show it off. Canon has always been about the lenses. Notice Canon has been updating many of its lenses lately. So we'll likely see this camera and the 12-24mm Canon lens launch this year. Sounds super exciting if you ask me.
Update: 05:13:14 Canon announces a new 16-35mm F4L IS. Looks to have a big improvement over previous model. Sharper at wide and tele with less chromatic aberrations.
Update: 05:07:14 Finally an update. Canon rumors got a tip that there will be a new 11-24 f4 lens coming soon. It would be expensive. Not sure if it's APS-C or Full Frame though. Also a new 16-35mm f4 IS coming down the pipe. This is great news as Canons ultra wide lens line up has always been lacking great options.
Update: 01:01:14 Canon has filed a patent for an 11-24mm ultra wide angle lens zoom. This could be awesome as 11 is even wider than 12, but I've seen patents for a 12-24mm years ago. And Development to release with Canon usually takes years, even decades. So don't expect anything like this anytime soon, or even at all.
Update: 11.26.13 2014 will be the year of the lens for Canon. This is fantastic news. Hopefully we'll see this 14-24mm. Keep in mind, you can always buy the Nikon 14-24mm and get a converter. Patrick Di Fruscia does this with spectacular results. You can find his work at difrusciaphotography.com
Update: 11.10.13 Canon's lens roadmap future is looking bright. Many new lenses coming in 2014. Canon has been hit hard by all the chaos of Japan these last few years. They've even had to delay lenses by up to a year. Hopefully we'll see a new 35mm next year as well as this 12-24mm. I've seen patens for it. Let's have it Canon!
Update: 08.30.13 It's said Canon will be announcing a new L lense soon. Not sure what it could be. I know Canon is investing more money into their mirrorless camera system. It could be for that, or it could be the 12-24mm. Hopefully it's not another 600mm or some super teli lens that only bird photographers will use.
Update: 08:15:13 No news. From seeing all the trends in digital photography lately and where everyone is going, I get a feeling that Canon and Nikon are going to become the next Blackberry. They seem to just refuse to make products people actually want. For example, Sony NEX-7, NEX-FF, Fujifilm x100s. Sony RX1, unless you're a nature photographer, this is where consumers are going.
Update: 06:19:13 Canonrumors had some interesting news on the new wide angle lens line up. A few new wide angles this year. One will be likely the 14-24 and a possible new 16-35. I don't think there is anything wrong with the current 16-35, maybe could use sharper corners. I personally have loved mine. Here is the link to their post.
Update: 03:27:13 Sorry I have heard nothing and seen nothing about this lens recently.
Update: 03.02.13 Haven't heard or read anything recently on this len. I read about the possibilities of a Canon 12-24mm f2.8L. This would be an interesting lens and fit better into Canons lineup. However, I've never seen a full frame lens at 12mm that has an f2.8 aperture. This would be a very attractive lens since our only option for an ultra wide zoom this wide for a full frame Canon users is the Sigma 12-24mm. Sigma has been upping their game with their lenses. Maybe they will make a pro 12-24mm for us Canon folk.
Canon has recently released a patent on this lens you can find it at Canonrumors.com as well as other information about upcoming rumors.
Great Affordable Alternative 14mm Lens To Consider
I will be purchasing the Canon EF 14-24mm f/2.8L the day it comes out as it fits perfectly into the setup that I need. But right now, I'm currently using the Samyang 14mm f2.8 which has been great. Check that out if you're looking for an ultrawide lens today, or something for a more affordable price. Since it's likely this Canon 14-24 will be close to 2 grand when it comes out and for good reason. Canon L lenses have some of the best anti reflective coatings you can get. Plus I'd like to have an ultrawide that has autofocus and a little bit of a zoom that is very high quality and weather sealed.
For those interested in what 14mm looks like on a full frame camera, here are a few samples photos of some HDR photography I shot on my Samyang 14mm.