Some time ago, Canon stated 2014 will be the year of the lenses and today they finally announced a pair of new lenses. The first one is an 16-35mm F/4 L IS full frame wide angle lens, and the second one EF-S 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM made for use on cameras with APS-C sensor. Canon has also announced pricing and availability for the new lenses: both should be in stores by the end of June with 16-35mm priced at $1199 and 10-18mm priced at only $300.
The 16-35mm F/4 L IS lens can be regarded as a successor of the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM. A slight change in focal length is mostly irrelevant in real life use, but the added image stabilization (claimed 4 stops) could be a significant reason to upgrade since it could allow sharp handheld images in places where flash units or tripods cannot be used.
The 16-35mm F/4 L IS has weather seals, nine-blade aperture and full time manual focus. Zoom and focusing are internal so the lens does not change its physical length in use. Auto-focus uses ultrasonic motor (USM) which should be fast and silent. The lens accepts filter in 77mm diameter.
If you wonder what will happen with the current Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L IIlens, it is safe to presume it will remain in production since F/2.8 aperture makes a significant difference for some photographers (photojournalists mainly). There are also rumors of a new ultra-wide lens in the 14-24 range to match the one made by Nikon.
The second lens announced today is an entry-level EF-S 10-18mm F/4.5-5.6 IS STM. This lens is clearly aimed at budget-oriented amateurs and at the announced price of only $300 it might be a hit. It uses STM (stepping motor) focus what is a great feature for video recording on latest EOS DSLR cameras. Image stabilization is also built-in and at only 240g and 72mm length this will be a very portable lens. In 35mm equivalent, this lens covers 16-29mm range and is ideal partner to 18-55mm IS STM and 55-250 IS STM lenses.
Both lenses are available for preorder on Amazon: