Canon EF 11-24mm f/2.8L Rumors, Reviews and Sample Photos
The Rumored Canon EF 11-24mm f2.8L
This is a living breathing review of the Canon EF 11-24mm 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: 11:11:14 There's been a leak here. I bet this thing is just around the corner.
Update: 10:10:14 Another mention of the 11-24 at cr possibly a $3,000 price tag. It better be good!
Update: 09:26:14 There is a new Tamron you should take a look at, the Tamron 15-30mm VC with IS. They created the lens with the goal to beat the Canon 16-35mm and the Nikon 14-24mm in quality and release it at a fraction of the cost. I look forward to seeing it in action when it comes out.
Update: 09:24:14 No Canon 11-24mm lens yet which is a surprise. Maybe the new 16-35mm F4 IS lens is selling well and they don't want to release something that competes with it. I know the Sony Zeiss 16-35mm lens is the number one selling lens on Amazon right now. But Canon's is better. :)
Update: 09:01:14 Looks like the 11-24mm F2.8 is coming very very soon. Maybe Photokina? Unfortunately it will be priced at $2800 dollars. Out of most peoples price range. And honesly, it's just not worth it. Instead, Sigma is releasing a 14-24mm F4 ART lens. Probably will be just as good at half the cost. I might have to pick that one up instead of the Canon unfortunately. But it doesn't mean I won't be renting the Canon 11-24mm and reviewing the hell out of it. :)
Expect this lens to drop in price within four months of it's release. Canon always does that. They overprice their lenses for the first few months. I imagine it will land somewhere around the $2,000-$2,400 price range by this time next year.
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.
Alternative Ultra-Wide Full Frame Lenses To Consider
If you can't wait for this lens, here are some great alternatives.
Canon 16-35mm f4 IS (Amazon)
A really good update to the lens, it's supposedly on par with the Nikon 14-24mm, but the F4 makes it not ideal for star photography.
Canon 16-35mm f2.8 II (Amazon)
I own this lens, it's been great. Not as good as the new 16-35mm f4 in terms of IQ, but if you shoot star photography the f2.8 looks really good on this lens. See my full review here.
Samyang 14mm f2.8 (Amazon)
Also sold as the Rokinon or Bower, I only list this as a temporary alternative. If you need something ultra wide now to tie you over, this is a great fun lens for only $300 bucks. I've done a full review of this lens here and I love it.
Sigma 12-24mm f4.5-5.6 (Amazon)
Not as good as the Canon or Nikon, but it's a good bang for the buck.
Zeiss 14mm f2.8 Distagon (Amazon)
This is the cream of the crop. But really expensive right now for some reason. Hopefully Sigma gives us a 14mm ART lens soon to bring these prices down.
Canon 14mm f2.8 (Amazon)
A great ultra-wide but the Zeiss 14mm performs better if you don't mind manual focus.
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.