PhotoPlus Expo 2015 is right around the corner and I am of course wondering if any new Canon products might be seen at this show. With Canon recently deleting a couple of older lenses from their lineup, the timing seemed right to re-compute the 10 oldest Canon lens list.
The bottom 10 list is always ripe with good speculation material. I'll fabricate some rumors to get us started.
Knocking #1 off of the list right away: holding the third-least-popular position does not bode well for a 50mm f/2.5 macro lens replacement. Perhaps a new 50mm f/1.4 with 1:1/1x macro capabilities (similar to the 24-70mm f/4L IS or at least with a dedicated extension tube) will arrive and eliminate this lens from the list?
The referenced 50mm f/1.4 is number 7 on this list. This lens is a perennial favorite, but it is showing strong signs of aging. Its replacement should be more than just the same optical design in a modernized body. To be positioned adequately above the 50mm f/1.8 STM, this lens should have improved wide-aperture image quality and fast Ring USM AF. Adding image stabilization would vault this lens' popularity.
The 85 f/1.8 and 100 f/2 (#5 and #2 respectively) are good value lenses now. Modernize their build, modestly improve the optics and add image stabilization to get a pair of must-have primes.
When Canon introduced the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens, most of us expected to see the TS-E 45mm and TS-E 90mm lenses (#3 and #4 on the list) to be next-replaced. We've been waiting for that announcement for about 6 years now. That these two lenses hold the last two positions on the site's popularity list may explain why we haven't seen these updates. That a product refresh would launch them off of the bottom positions could easily be argued.
The 20mm f/2.8? This is not a popular lens and ... I don't remember ever hearing anyone wanting a replacement for it. Improve the image quality, modernize the design and add IS for, minimally, a better seller. Make the focal length wider for more-increased popularity.
The 28 f/1.8 is only very slightly more popular than the 20 f/2.8 and ... I don't hear demand for its replacement either.
Do nothing other than add image stabilization to the 400 f/5.6L and huge quantities of this lens would be flowing from the warehouses.
Bonus speculation: The Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Lens is due for replacement. This lens hit my radar because the year introduced spec is blank in our database, causing it to sort above numbers in my query (placing it in first place on this list). I know that you love that silver ring, but ... the low cost full frame telephoto zoom lens position is ripe to be filled by an image stabilized EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 STM Lens with modernized build design. Add it to the 6D via a kit or a bundle rebate.
What do you think?!
What do you think will happen to the lenses on this list? Let us know in the comments!
"Mars has monopolized the media as of late – and for good reason. 20th Century Fox’s new epic sci-fi film “The Martian” will be released October 2nd, perfectly aligned with NASA’s announcement this week of the possibility of life-giving water on the arid planet’s surface.
Add these recent headlines together and suddenly the fourth planet from the sun is feeling a little closer to home. But long before Mars was a big deal in the news, French photographer Julien Mauve created “Greetings from Mars”– a photo series that captures the red planet through the eyes of a few space-tourists. We caught up with Julien to get the behind the scenes details of the photo shoot, learn more about why he created the series, and see why sometimes the best ideas are a little out of this world."
Canon Japan has released a series of [rather wacky by American standards] marketing videos called "Alice in Tokyo." The most amusing video for me was "Alice in Tokyo #5." If you only have the chance to see one, I'd suggest watching that one. [Sean]
"Top sports photographer Al Bello (Getty Images) has been working in the photographic industry since 1990 and has thus far won four World Press Photo Awards for his work. In an exclusive interview he spoke to CPN writer Steve Fairclough about his career, his inspirations and how he shot some of his most famous pictures."
Even if the name looks unfamiliar to you, you're probably familiar with some of Bello's work. His most famous image – that of New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham's three-fingered catch – is one almost any NFL football fan will recognize. [Sean]
October 1, 2015 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) is pleased to announce that the Nikon Museum will open on October 17, 2015, on the second floor of its head office in Shinagawa, for the 100th anniversary of Nikon's foundation in 2017.
The Nikon Museum is the first facility where the histories, products, and technologies of all of Nikon's enterprises are exhibited.
Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) was established in 1917, and since then has been providing unique value based on its opto-electronic and precision technologies throughout the world.
The purpose of the Nikon Museum is to exhibit the technologies and traditions from our foundation as well as the innovations and evolution of Nikon.
The Nikon Museum will comprise 580 m2 of exhibition space, displaying valuable Nikon products: the "NSR-1505G2A" step-and-repeat system with a movable wafer stage, approximately 450 Nikon cameras from the "Nikon Model I," which is the first Nikon camera released in 1948, to the latest digital cameras, microscopes, measuring instruments, and others that have supported many innovations in science and industry.
In the museum shop, various goods will be available, including items limited to the Nikon Museum such as postcards, Japanese-style washcloths, clear plastic folders, tote bags, original packaged "Nikon Yokan" (a Japanese sweet), and items limited to an online shop in Japan such as tumblers.
Main exhibition contents
A Century at Nikon Nikon was founded in 1917 with the aim of establishing an optical industry in Japan that would not be dependent on European technology. We present you with a broad overview of Nikon's diverse history from its foundation to the present day.
Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot Nikon's integrated manufacturing system that starts with optical materials is a major strength of the company. Our Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot represents the quintessence of optical materials manufacturing technology developed for cutting edge semiconductor lithography systems. This Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot is also the symbol of the Nikon Museum.
Theater "LUX CENTURIAE - A Century of Light" is a symphonic suite composed by the Japanese composer Kaoru Wada, for Nikon's 100th anniversary. Its four movements – "Genesis", "Rebirth", "Breakthrough", and "Ascending" – depict Nikon's first 100 years and its future.
Universe of Nikon From high precision measurements in nanometers to outer space measured in light years, Nikon's product line-up spans a remarkably wide range. We invite you to take part in our interactive image zone to experience Nikon's new universe.
Lens Laboratory The Lens Laboratory, which was supervised by the Japanese photographer Hideyuki Abe, for both children and adults gives you hands-on experiences to learn about the characteristics of light and lenses, the basics of lens design, and other topics. This science space also lets you experience the fascinating world of Nikon's latest lenses for SLR cameras.
Spirit of Nikon We present the roots and spirit of Nikon's first 100 years through the themes "Optics as a source", "In pursuit of precision", "Passing on proven skills", "Quality and reliability", "Consistency and innovation", and "The best of the age". We hope you will gain an appreciation for Nikon's unique origins and its growth as a company.