A wide-angle lens is good, but a stabilized wide-angle is so much better! Such a thing wasn’t customary just a little while ago, but this is something we’re seeing more and more, and Canon is not the last in line in this regard. So the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM will be the first 35mm lens to benefit from optical image stabilization.
The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is intended for photographers who want to relive the sensation of classical reportage photography – with a 35mm lens screwed onto a full-format DSLR such as an EOS 5D Mark III. The cumulative effect of fairly generous f/2 aperture and image stabilization allows users to forego flash when shooting indoors or when light is scarce.
The optical formula of the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM includes a molded glass (GMo) lens as the rear optical element, which should correct chromatic aberrations for the entire optical system. Each element has been treated with a Super Spectra coating. The autofocus is USM and allows for adjustments on the fly.
The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM will be available in January 2013 at a price of 949 euros. The lens will be sold with the new Mark II lens cap whose open/close mechanism consists of pinching the center (as is the case with lens caps from other manufacturers).