It almost feels like the manufacturers leak these things themselves, sometimes, just to get some buzz going. After the recent 5D Mark IV leaks, we see two more. This time, it’s a couple of lenses.
The 16-35mm f/2.8 and 24-105mm f/4 are both favourites amongst Canon shooters. The 24-105mm f/4L IS USM first introduced by Canon in 2005 has been a highly regarded lens since day one. The 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM was released in 2007 and is the go-to wide zoom for many.
There’s not too much information with the pictures. But, if what’s there is accurate, there are a few differences in size and weight.
Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
Like its predecessor, it has an 82mm filter thread, but there’s some changes in the dimensions. The maximum diameter is approximately the same, but this update sees the length grow from 112mm to 127.5mm.
This increase in length also presents a significant weight increase. The previously 640g lens now weighs in at 790g. The extra weight may help to balance things a little easier with heavier DSLRs, but it’s still more weight to carry.
Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM
Like the current 24-105mm lens, the update sports a 77mm filter thread. The diameter of the lens itself is also the same. Again, though, there’s a little growth in length, and a significant weight gain.
The existing model is 107mm long, and the new one is 118mm long. The weight for this one has gone up almost 19% taking it from 670g to 795g.
If you already own both of these and decided to go with the replacements, you’d be adding 275g to your bag. That’s an extra half a lens’s worth of weight.
Obviously, no news on a price or a release date yet. If the 5D Mark IV is being announced next week as expected, we may hear more about these then.
Do you use either the 16-35mm f/2.8 II or the 24-105mm f/4? Have you been having issues with them? What would you like to see added or fixed in an updated version? Or do you think they’re just fine as they are? Let us know in the comments.