Canon has just announced two new prime lenses and one L series zoom lens.
Most users will welcome the zoom EF 24-70mm F2.8 II USM as it is the second generation featuring the same wide aperture, lighter in weight but bigger the filter size.  It follows the same Canon L series quality and comments from one user‘s initial impression is that it is sharp at all focal lengths. Yes the red line on every Canon L series lens means it is ‘luxury’ in price and quality.  But it does not necessary mean every L series zoom lens is performing at the top quality level when compared with prime lenses. My experience with the EF17-40mm F4.0 L has been mixed with the best and the worst. Another lens EF24-105mm F4.0 L is also my all time favourite including travel and events but its corner performance at 24mm and 105 mm with aperture wide open is just fair.
I remember when I learnt photography, I was told the widest aperture (such as F1.2) has the benefit and value of focusing in a SLR but it does not suggest you will get the best image quality. Well, fair enough.
But I start to realise F4.0 is not wide enough and the weight of these lenses combining with a Canon EOS 1 body is just mad on a travel. This is why the mirrorless system such as Panasonic, Olympus, Samsung, Pentax and Nikon has its practical value.  It makes sense carrying lighter gears to enjoy your travel instead of dragging a heavy bag with pain.
I welcome the two Canon prime lenses. From the specification I discover they are equipped with IS (image stabiliser) function (that doubles the price).  You may say it is insignificant. The F2.8 is actually quite a decent wide aperture and good enough to shoot in most occasions in the available light.
Canon never forgets the prime lenses users. Alongside with the L series, there is always an option of smaller aperture lens at the same focal length.  Of course, with the additional IS functionality, the two new prime lenses are less affordable nowadays.

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