Finally feeling better after a case of the stomach flu and as a “get well” present, Canon has announced it’s newest batch of gear.
Have you seen the list? New super-telephotos, new teleconverters, two new lenses, and the 60D.
I’m underwhelmed. Gee, thanks Canon…Honestly, I wasn’t all hyped up in anticipation of this announcement. I check out CanonRumors.com when they post new stuff but nothing coming down the pipes really lit my fires. And they sure aren’t flaming up now. Let’s review:
We got two new super-telephotos, with news of two more on the way. Cool, yes. But we’re talking about four already great lenses that are so expensive that most of us can only ever dream of owning one of them, and only then if we sell a car (or a kidney).
We got an update on both the 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. Not sure why they needed a version III update, but apparently they did. Although that begs the question, “Why didn’t Canon get it right the first (two) time(s).”
We got two new L lenses: the 8-15mm fisheye and the 70-300 IS. Now granted, the fisheye sounds kinda’ cool, and is a clear case of Canon playing catchup with several third-party manufacturers who have had ultra-wide fisheyes for a while now. The 70-300, on the other hand, completely baffles me. It’s essentially the current 70-300 IS repackaged as an L lens. But what for? It doesn’t have a faster aperture, and they’re a little vague about any weather-sealing, instead beating around the bush with the statement that it includes “environmental protection.”
And to top it all off, we got the 60D, which at first glance appears to be the bastard child of the line, falling into an ambiguous area between the 7D and Rebel line, while at the same time managing to be less-capable than it’s predecessor, the 50D. Several key features have been dumbed down or removed, while little has been added. (What’s the deal with the flip-out screen on a SLR, anyway?)
So here’s my question to Canon: where are the real lenses? You know, the ones that might actually be useful to many of us? We haven’t seen a new non-L, EF lens in quite a while now. How about an update to some of the more popular EF lenses (28mm, 50mm, 85mm)? Or heck, we’d even settle for a standard-range L update (28-70, 24-105) or even a brand new lens in the range.
Mostly what we want is something that’s useful to portrait/wedding/event photographers. Something that isn’t just an update of an already excellent lens. Something that won’t make us sell our first-born to afford.