PMA 2009 was a show distinctly light on noteworthy announcements, but one of the most technically interesting developments may well have slipped under the radar of many enthusiast photographers. Canon introduced two new perspective control lenses to its TS-E (‘Tilt and Shift for EOS’) range, in the shape of the TS-E 24mm F3.5 L II and the TS-E 17mm F4L. But while the latter quite naturally grabbed the limelight as the widest-angle perspective control optic ever made for an SLR system, both feature a significant improvement over existing mainstream designs.
Canon celebrated the 25th year anniversary of the EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens with … the announcement of its replacement,
the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens.
The 50mm f/1.8 II was an extremely popular lens, primarily because of its introduction-to-prime-wide aperture and good stopped-down image quality at a very low price.
Many had long been waiting for a new 50mm lens from Canon and the 50mm STM Lens appeared to be a significant upgrade while retaining essentially the same ultra-small size and weight.
That the new lens remained Canon’s lowest-priced definitely produced smiles.
The diminutive Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens immediately inspires the high-pitched talking-to-a-baby voice from its first-time viewers,
with short drawn-out words and phrases such as “awwwwe” and “it’s sooooo cuuute” being especially common.
It is of course the size and weight of this lens that triggers this response.
With the arrival of the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens, the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens and
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens now have another sibling – a big brother.
Even before I had a 35 f/2 IS in my hands, I felt like I already knew this lens well as it shares
design with these nearly-identical siblings (that I had just-prior reviewed).
The Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens delivers fast and accurate AF, very good image quality and image stabilization in a light, compact and moderately-priced package.
This statement may sound familiar, and if you read the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review,
the rest of this review is also going to sound very familiar.