It's not the body, it's the glass! (New Canon gear…)

Okay, while everyone is salivating (or slamming) on the new 60D Canon just announced, let’s not forget that it’s not really about the body upgrades – it’s the glass we want to invest in.  And, true to form, there are also a significant number of additions and upgrades to the Canon lens line-up that bear some discussion, so here we go:

Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM lens – Touted as the worlds widest fisheye zoom, it’s an impressive feat, but not many shooters really need such a lens.  At $1400 price point, the price point will likely be too high for many to justify.  Cool factor – high, Use factor –  low.

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM lens – I believe this is the first L lens in this zoom range, and for that reason, the optical quality will likely see a market improvement.  At a price point of $1500, the reach will appeal to many, but the price compared to the 70-200L f2.8 IS will deter more.  You may lose a little reach, but you gain a stop of light.  Not a lot of reach loss for IS gain!

Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens – The 6th in the continuing series indicates that this is the go-to lens for the serious shooters…i.e. the pros of the sports circuit. The appeal? Drop in overall weight will reduce arm fatigue. The burden? $7 large! (Call your boss to see if accounting will approve it and best of luck!)

Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM lensThe best of the best – a fixed focal length prime and the bees knees of the profession, SI shooters, NFL, MBL, NHL, etc – if you are looking here for advice on whether to drop the $11,000 on this lens, I want to know why! Buyers of this grade of optics are the companies with budgets larger than my annual salary my many multipliers!

Canon Extender EF 1.4x III & Canon Extender EF 2x III At $500 a piece it’s really just improved optics. For each it also represents light loss – one stop versus two. if optics are important and light isn’t, the 2X is your choice. Add reach and minimize light loss – the 1.4X. A more cost effective approach – neither at this price!


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5 comments for “It's not the body, it's the glass! (New Canon gear…)

  1. August 26, 2010 at 7:01 am

    I was waiting to see what they might announce before committing to a true wide angle for my 50D, now I can go ahead and spend the money regardless of what they announced LOL.

    Do the extenders ( I own the 1.4x II ) just seem like a money making refresh to everyone? Not really that much to shout about compared to previous versions, or am I missing something other than improved glass and a hefty price tag?

    • August 26, 2010 at 10:06 am

      Yeah I don’t know why these are so expensive. I have a 1.4 Tokina TC that does the same thing. Granted it doesn’t have the “built-in microcomputer for seamless communication among camera body, lens and extender” but AF works, so that’s all I care about! 🙂

  2. August 26, 2010 at 7:19 am

    It really is the glass Jason. Since switching to L series lens after L lens over the years I’ve found that I drool more over lenses than new bodies.

    That 8-15 sounds super cool….but there won’t be one in my pack any time soon.

    • August 26, 2010 at 10:07 am

      It’s definitely a special needs/use lens, and at $1400 I’d rather rent it for the few times I’d want or need it.

  3. September 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    If I had the choice of adding any of these lenses to my collection, it would definitely be the 8-15. The 70-300 would be great, but it’s a pretty slow lens.

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