New Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L III on the Way?
The 70-200 f/2.8 L IS II is a staple lens for Canon professionals, but it seems that a replacement might soon be on its way. Canon Rumors is reporting this week that they have heard the lens has made its way onto internal timelines. Quite what this means in terms of time frames is anyone’s guess right now, but I must admit I’m surprised to see a replacement on the horizon. The current MK II lens is highly regarded, and one of Canon’s absolute sharpest zooms. CR mentions the possibility of a lighter lens construction, which makes sense, and is probably the area that could most do with improvement. Without a significant change in optical formulae though, I can’t see them managing to shave more than 5-10% off the weight. I think they would need to bring something else to the table in order to get people to consider upgrading from what is an already excellent lens.
My best guess? This lens will actually be the first Canon zoom lens to feature their BR (Blue Spectrum Refractive) technology that we saw debued in the 35mm f/1.4 L II, and mentioned as part of the prototype 600mm f/4 DO.