Update: The official announcement and prices can be found here. Along with one over-the-top video.
It’s debatable on the pros and cons of a leak on the internet. You can make the argument the leak creates even more buzz around the announcement, but the flipside is the company doesn’t get to control the message.
For Canon, it’s been a bad week if message control was the preference. The Canon 5D Mark IV completely leaked and now we have the two updated L lenses leaking right along with the body.
Canon 5D Mark IV
Can’t forget the nice upgrade to the 5D. Digicame-info came through with a rather stunning leak of full product photos and specs. If you were debating upgrading your Mark III, you don’t have to wait on Canon’s announcement.
On the specs, the new 5D is impressive. Look for a 30.4-megapixel sensor, 7fps continuous shooting, ISO to 102400, 61 point AF sensor with 41 cross-type, weather sealing, touchscreen LCD, built-in GPS and WiFi and 4K video at 30fps.
For those that need to know dimensions and weight, Digicame-info also managed to get ahold of that: 116.4mm X 150.7mm X 75.9mm and 890g.
Price? The leak only goes so far. Rumors put it at the launch price of the Mark III or cheaper, which was $3499. Question is, will Canon go cheaper and try the sub-$3000 mark? We can dream.
Canon Lenses Leak
Both are adding a bit of length and weight to their respective builds. The 16-35mm leaks purport an improved AF performance and build quality. Its previous iteration was 111.6mm long and tipped the scales at 635g. The new version is 127.5mm and 790g. Photographers looking to drop weight won’t be happy, but hopefully the AF performance and quality make up for the weight gain.
The 24-105mm focuses purely on the improved build quality in the leak and doesn’t mention improved AF performance. That part strikes me as odd considering the weight and length gains are comparable to the 16-35mm. It weighs in at 795g – around 125g heavier than its predecessor. The length of the lens bumps from 107mm to 118mm.
Pricing isn’t known, but the predecessors to the two L lenses retail for $1500 and $1000, respectively. It’s not 100 percent, but the price target seems right for latest iterations. Those looking for deals on glass can standby for sales on the previous generation to make room for the latest.
What else does Canon have in store for us? The consequences of leaked product spec sheets are the official announcements inevitably is a letdown. We are all hyped now, but who knows? Canon may have something they are holding back.