Canon Lenses Price Rise From 1st March 2009

Probably due to the very strong Japanese Yen, Canon Hong Kong will be raising most lens prices from next month. The price increase will be roughly between 5 to 10%. Although a few lenses prices will remain static. If you intend to buy a new Canon lens in Hong Kong. You better hurry and buy it this month. The following is a selected list of lenses with new and old list prices.

Model Old price(HK$) New Official Price(HK$) Increase(%)
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM 13,780 14,470 5.0
Canon EF 35mm f/2.0 2,290 2,530 10.4
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM 11,160 12,290 10.1
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM 11,980 13,190 10.1
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM 2,950 3,250 10.2
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II 730 780 6.7
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM 18,180 18,180 0.0
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM 3,060 3,380 10.5
Canon EF 135mm f2.0L USM 7,170 7,900 10.2
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM 12,480 13,110 5.1
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM 6,160 6,470 5.0
Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM 10,870 11,430 5.1
Canon EF 24-105mm f4.0L IS USM 8,820 8,820 0.0
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM 10,230 11,260 10.1
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM 15,740 15,740 0.0
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM 9,680 10,660 9.3
Canon EF 70-200mm f4.0L USM 6,120 6,440 5.2
Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6L IS USM 13,460 14,150 5.1
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM 5,530 6,100 10.3
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM 8,180 8,600 5.1
Canon EF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 5,480 5,480 0.0
Canon EF 100mm f2.8 Macro USM 4,580 4,820 5.2
Canon Extender EF 1.4X II 3,170 3,300 5.0
Canon Extender EF 2X II 2,670 2,820 5.6


24 thoughts on “Canon Lenses Price Rise From 1st March 2009

  1. hi roland,

    I hv discovered dat indeed there r batteries with quality problem from a local store. According 2him there r 2 sources of batteries & 1 has quality problem. I will share with u come monday when I visit canon hq (will req for an xchange).

    Is it true that only L lens r full frame OK & EF types r not truely FF?

    • Hi virtualess,

      All EF lenses are compatible with any Canon DLSR, both full frame and APS cropped frame sensors. “L” in Canon’s terminology means “Luxury”. In general, L lenses usually have better built quality and also better optical quality than their non-L counterpart. However, it does not mean that non-L lenses have poor optical quality. There are quite a few non-L lenses that have very good optical quality. All EF lenses, whether L or non-L are full frame lenses. The only Canon lenses that are not compatible with full frame are the EF-S lenses. The EF-S lenses are designed for APS-C cropped frame DSLR like the 100D, 450D, 40D and 50D and cannot be even mounted on a full frame camera like the 5D Mark II.

  2. Dear Roland

    Thank you for enlightening me – I hv the same thoughts. The bottom line – either the guy is trying to trap me into getting L lens or he is misinformed. He showed me the lens’ respective mount dimensions and it is true that EF-S and L lens are different, and whilst he pointed out the EF and L are also different, I didnt observe so but I politely nodded my head.

    Asian culture – giving the benefit of doubt and silence might be golden!

    I wish to ask for your advice – is the 50mm Macro lens (the cheapo) good enough for simple macro works (mostly non wild life) or you feel that the 100mm Macro is a better investment (faster and can also serve as a portrait lens), but the price is nearly double in Malaysia.

    What about Sigma lens for Macro use (70mm)?

    I can imagine if I start to play with macro lens, I will make a lot of people happier (esp my wife with our little garden).

    I have only 2 more lens in mind – 50mm f1.8 and / or 100mm macro. Currently I have the kit 24-105 f4L, and also 17-40L and 70-200f4L lens. Pretty happy with all except the 70-200f4L because I am used to faster focusing. These are my first time L lens investments and I agree that I am ‘hooked’ with the L disease and spent quite unlike my usual self.

    The reason for 50mm is to have a faster lens, and perhaps this will help for shooting video.

    So much to ask – will be happy to hear from you again soon. I browsed through some of your photos and you do have lots of great great shots.

    • Hi virtualess,

      The Canon 50mm macro is OK if your budget is very tight. The optical quality is fine, but it is an ancient design. It also can only go to 1/2 life size .

      The 100mm macro is obviously a better macro lens even though it is more expensive. It can go to life size 1:1. It also is a modern lens design with a USM AF motor that focuses much faster and almost silent. The advantage of a longer focal length macro lens is that you will have a longer working distance between the lens and your subject. Hence, lighting would be better (your camera and lens would be less likely to block the light source) and if you are trying to take a macro shot of something that moves, you will be less likely to scare the subject away if your lens and camera is further away from it.

      Sigma macro lenses are supposed to be pretty good too optically. So if your budget is tight, Sigma macro lens might be a good option.

      Another cheap option for macro work is to buy a set of extension tubes. With extension tubes on, you can turn almost any lens into a macro lens. You may lose a bit of light with extension tube, but it does not affect the optical quality of your lens. If you started out with a lens with good optical quality, then you’ll get the same optical quality with extension tubes. Extension tubes work better with longer focal length. So your 24-105mm and 70-200mm should work fine with extension tubes. I would suggest Kenko extension tubes if you want to go via this route.

  3. Dear Roland,

    Thanks again! Will opt for the last option and start looking around.

    Any particular reason that they work better wth longer focal lenght? I read from some comments on the web that there could be 3 stops ‘darker’. Supposed this is not a problem with 5DM2 as we could pump up the ISO. Alternatively is to invest in a 50mm f1.4 USM lens and couple that to the extension tubes.

    • Hi virtualess,

      The reason is simple, longer focal length allows a longer working distance. Try an extension tube on a 35mm lens, you’ll have to be like 3cm from the subject to be able to focus.

  4. Hi Roland,

    Canon is very friendly – they did not complete the test but they gave me a new battery and charger as replacement, noting that they have not received any such complaints from any customers here. I was told they observer >1000 shots with 5DM2 and I feel they are aware of the problem.

    So now I am happy with 2 new batteries and i will share with you if there is any problem.

    Got the tubes as well – I will have to learn to use them.

    Going to Taiwan soon, so will have something to share when i return.

    • Hi Jono,

      What I heard was that Canon is only going to raise lens prices in Hong Kong and not camera bodies. 18K for 5D Mark II would be a very good price, but for a 5D would be a very bad price. Did you mean 5D or 5D Mark II?

  5. Hi Roland,

    I am now in Taipei and here the grip for 5DM2 is not available yet (it has just been launched in M’sia). Just out of curiosity – a shop told me she will expect around NT 8000 from HK. In Malaysia it is about >NT 12500.00.

    If NT 8000 is the price in HK, then HK will be a great place to get the grip!

  6. Hi Roland,

    I am from malaysia. I am pretty interested on the 70-200mm F4L IS lens. May I know the price you posted is available only on normal camera shop or is the same pricing in canon shops? Malaysia lens is much expensive compare to hk price.

  7. Hi KHL,

    The price quoted in the list above is the official recommended retail price. The street price in camera shops should be cheaper than the recommended retail price in general.

  8. Hi Roland,

    I have a dilemma so please enlighten me. Thanks!

    I have a 450D body with 85 f1.8, 60 f2.8 macro, and a 28-135 f3.5-4.5 lenses.

    Recently I am thinking getting rid of my 28-135 & 60 f2.8 macro to fund a 24-70 L 2.8 for our 18 mos old’s pictures. Mainly due to my wife’s complaint about how come I couldn’t take full body pictures with full bokeh. (she likes everything blurry on the background. Sigh, the 85mm lens spoils her.)

    So, I am looking at the 24-70 L but a friend of ours also mentioned 15-55mm EF-S IS for our camera. Since both lenses’ prices are very close to each other, I don’t know which one to get. I do know the EF-S mount is only for crop sensor cameras whereas L lens can fit both ff and crop.

    Which one you think would be better for taking kids’ shots? Can you help out the pros and cons of both lenses? Does IS really help out the images that much?

    Appreciate you take time to help! 🙂

    • HI Confused,

      From what I gathered, what you seemed to want is a lens that can provide full body shots of your 18 months old kid with a shallow depth of field and nice bokeh.

      What you need to do first is to find out your most common shooting distance and focal length that your would need to give the full body shot that your want. Use your 28-135mm and shoot some full body shots of your kid at your normal shooting distance and see what focal length you will be using.

      Since the EF-S 17-55mm f2.8 IS USM and the EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM covers a different focal length range, you really need to know what focal length range you will be using before you can decide on which lens to get. Say you most commonly need to shoot at 60 to 70mm for full body shots, then 24-70m would be the obvious choice and would certainly rule out the 17-55mm. However, if you find the even 28mm is not wide enough for your to take full body shots of your kid, then the 17-55mm might be the safer bet.

      However, your other important criteria concerns a shallow depth of field (DOF) with a nice bokeh. Both the lens you are thinking of only has maximum aperture of f2.8 and may not give you the shallow DOF and the nice looking bokeh that you and your wife are craving for. In that case, I would suggest you look at shorter focal length prime lenses like the Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM or if that is not wide enough, something like the EF 35mm f1.4 or Sigma 30mm f1.4. All these prime lenses would give your the shallow DOF and the nice bokeh that you want.

  9. Hi Ronald,

    Could you recommend me a trusted camera store in Hong Kong? I am planning to get a 35L since it’s hard to find in Jakarta, do you know the street price for 35L and Billingham small hadley?

    I saw your review on Billingham bags and planning to get one but still confuse. I will put 5D classic, 24-70L (this will be replaced with 35L if i got it) and 85L, I want something compact and not too big because i love to travel and looking for simple bag. What do you recommend for me? I’m thinking about Billingham hadley small, L2 or 107.

    Thank you in advance 🙂

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  11. Hi, I would like to ask for your recommendation. I want to buy a wide angle lens. Mine is canon450d. i’d like to know what lens I should buy. I am not a pro, but just in the beginners stage in landscape photography.
    Also, the weigh should not be too heavy as I am into travel photography. Thank you very much.

    Im confused. =(


    • HI Olive,

      This is not really the appropriate thread to ask this kind of question. It would be better if you ask this question at either “Recommended Caemra Shops in Hong Kong” or “Camera and Street Lens Price List in Hong Kong” page.

      However, without any kind of budget indication, it is impossible to give you any recommendation.

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