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 thoughts on “It’s not the body, it’s the glass! (New Canon gear…)

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    1. 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. 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?

    1. 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! 🙂

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