With the economy being in the belt tightening times, the time for Canon rebates could not have come sooner. They announced them on Sunday, and you have until July 10th to cash in. The full page of rebates is available here, but of specific note are the lens discounts that you can get at reduced prices include two that I have had my eye on for a while:
- Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM
I owned the “nifty fifty” for about two months a few years ago and sold it pretty quickly because I was not happy without the USM there…it was very noisy and slow to focus…slower than I would have expected for a Canon 50mm lens on a Canon body. For me, if I get a first party lens, it should be better, all the time. The first generation was disappointing me so this second generation with USM has a certain appeal. We’ll see…
- EF 100mm f2.8 Macro IS USM
Don’t get me wrong, I love my Sigma 70mm Macro (f2.8), but I’ve heard really great things about this lens, and the fact that it goes a full 30mm longer (48mm on a crop sensor), and has the IS that is so legendary, just makes me salivate a little more.
Since I am on the subject of Image Stabilization, what’s noticeably absent from their rebate listing is the 70-200f2.8 with IS. They have the f4 with IS, but not the f2.8 – it’s probably one of the priciest lenses in their line-up without going into things like super zooms, and is also one of the most popular, so I am wondering why. Of course it’s popularity could also be the reason – with the logic that people will buy it regardless and that the rebates are advertising to promote products that don’t see the sales rates other lenses do.
Other than those three lenses, not much else motivating me to buy right now. What about you? Do you have any lenses on the list that you want? How much can you save? Is it worth it? What’s next on your lens lust list? Sound off in the comments – I really like hearing what others are looking at!
I’d like to also let everyone know that the next podcast will be up soon too – some technical difficulties prevented it going live yesterday actually, so after mitigating those, I expect it to go live tomorrow at some point. Thanks for the patience as I scale things and adjust to ensure that you are always getting top quality shows! Happy shooting and we’ll see you back here again tomorrow!