It’s probably no surprise that pictures of the Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II leaked shortly before the announcement. But now it’s officially out, and we’ve learned something more about the new and improved 70-200 Sony FE lens.
This one’s been a long time coming and long rumoured, but it look like Sony might finally be getting ready to announce a 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS successor. Nokishita has posted a couple of photos and diagrams of a 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS II to Twitter, suggesting that we might be getting pretty close to an official announcement.
The images aren’t terribly high resolution but show an array of switches for OSS on/off and mode, AF vs MF, focus range, aperture click on/off and various other features. We also see three control rings for zoom, focus and aperture. No specs have managed to find their way out yet, although I guess we may find out as soon as tomorrow.
It was only October when the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens went up for pre-order, and they only started shipping a month or two ago. But already, they seem to be working on a new one, according to a patent uncovered by Canon News.
The current model RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is like many zoom lenses. When you spin the focal length dial one way, the lens gets longer and when you spin it the other way it gets shorter. This new patent shows a design that would allow it to remain the same length throughout the zoom range. They also show off designs for an f/4 version, too.
Along with the development announcement for the 1DX Mark III, Canon has also announced availability for two new lenses. These aren’t EF mount, though. They’re RF mount for Canon’s EOS R mirrorless system. They’ve been mentioned before, but now they’re official. The Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS lenses.
Canon did already release an 85mm f/1.2L lens for the EOS R system, although this new one adds what they’re calling “Defocus Smoothing” which they say helps to soften and smooth bokeh when working at wider apertures, improving the aesthetic of super shallow depth of field shots.
Along with the new Canon EOS RP, Canon has announced six new lenses. Sort of. They haven’t announced that the lenses are available, or when they’ll be available (other than “later in 2019”), just that they’re under development.
Five of the lenses are clearly aimed at professional users, offering the “Holy Grail” with 15-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms, as well as two 85mm f/1.2 lenses. But they’re not forgetting those who love their superzooms, either, with a 24-240mm f/4-6.3.
After a leak back in September, and then the official announcement a week later, many people have been waiting for more information on the new Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Sports lens. Specifically, how much it’ll cost and when they can get their hands on one.
Well, Sigma has now announced pricing and availability for the new lens, and it’s practically a steal at only $1,499. Available in Nikon F, Canon EF and Sigma SA mounts, it comes it at $600 less than the new Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III and a whole $1,000 less than the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E VR.