For several years I've been collecting information and links for Canon's new EF lenses and rumours about even newer ones. This page shows the latest information I've been sent or found on the web. I've also written numerous articles and reviews covering lenses and photography related issues.
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Over the years I've received all kinds of lens rumour info - some more believable/risible than others. Please do use your own judgement when reading the stuff here, and remember that what I've collected here is for entertainment as much as anything else. Oh, and that 42mm f1.0 lens that you can see at the right is a fake...
Two tables of information that may be of interest are included here. The date codes article is on our EFLens.com site.
17th A Canon lens patent ... [EG-xlt] this time for a DO 500/5.6 (as per most patents, there are several versions shown)
15th A Canon lens patent spotted [EG-xlt] where a plastic lens element is used. One problem with plastics are their temperature variable optical properties. The patent addresses this and issues of birefringence [WP]
Examples given are (for EF-S)
30mm/2.8, 18-90mm f/3.5-5.6, 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Expect the words 'moulded resin' to appear in advertising copy rather than 'plastic' ;-)
Whilst it deals with displaying helpful info in the viewfinder, for it to work, the lenses would need encoders for tilt/shift/lens rotation movements, to tell the camera what has been adjusted. These are not present on any current T/S lens, although it was suggested to us as something that had been tested, not long after the 17 and 24mm were launched.
20th A list of what's due on Friday includes the new 18-55mm
A new lens appeared in our 'expected this year' inbox, a 19mm f2.8L - the nearest current lens would be the 1992 vintage 20/2.8, which I'd expect to see appear as a EF20mm f/2.8 IS USM, much like the new 24 and 28mm lenses from last year.
That said, Canon has 24mm and 14mm L primes, and a really good 19mm would be interesting (but do note the TS-E17, which IMHO, should be included in the L primes list).
"Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens specifications:
Maximum magnification ratio: 0.36x
Price: 33,000 yen
Release date: late April"
Canon's 35/1.4L has been in the 'update due' category for quite some time (it's a 1998 lens). Some new DxOMark tests show just how far it is behind the new Sigma 35/1.4 - much sharper and much cheaper.
Given the likely cost of a 35/1.4L II, it had better be pretty good...
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14th We're told [thanks] that the replacements for TS-E45mm and 90mm will be announced later this year along with the long awaited Canon answer to the Nikon 14-24mm.
The tilt-shift lenses were mentioned last year with another 'special' lens - a super wide zoom would be interesting but not quite what was suggested (the comparison was made to the MP-E65 as a unique lens).
Meanwhile, at the long end, there is a suggestion [CR] of replacements in the offing for the 200/2 and 800/5.6, but not until the eventual official announcement of the 200-400 (remember that? ;-)
7th There is a Canon patent for an improved SWC coating for the 14/2.8 at Egami [Google xlt]
There have been lots of very wide lens patents around and Canon would like something to surpass Nikon's excellent 14-24. The prospect of a zoom that could surpass my 14 2.8L II , TSE-17(non shifted) and wide end of my 24-70 would indeed be an interesting (but $$$) idea. Yup... I'd buy one ;-)
25th New Canon patent at Egami [Google xltvia CR] for wide lenses with fluorite elements.
Probably indicative of new parts of lens design rather than any particular lens
21st New Canon patent at Egami [Google xlt] for adding more electrical contacts to a lens mount - the idea might be for video, where more power can be be needed for handling such big lenses?
18th The Samyang 24/3.5 tilt shift lens will be available by early March at ~$1000 [B&H]
If you're new to such lenses, I've written several articles about them - best to start at tilt/shift lenses
17th In the US there are a number of lenses (and flashes) in an 'instant rebate' program that runs to the end of March.
I note that the TSE 45 and 90 are both in the list - these are regulars in our 'due for update' list.
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM - $200
EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM - $160
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM - $100
EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - $100
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM - $150
EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM - $50
EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM - $120
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM - $150
TS-E 45mm f/2.8 - $100
EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM - $150
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM - $150
TS-E 90mm f/2.8 - $150
EF 17-40mm f/4L USM - $100
EF 35mm f/1.4L USM - $150
Extender EF 1.4x III - $40
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM - $150
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake - $50
Extender EF 2x III - $40
EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM - $100
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM - $180
Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX - $50
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM - $150
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM - $40
Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX - $60
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II - $300
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM - $200
Speedlite 270EX II - $15
EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM - $150
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM - $50
Speedlite 430EX II - $30
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM - $200
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM - $50
Speedlite 600EX-RT - $50
12th Samyang hint at a 50/1.2 lens - manual focus?, that'll be fun with most DSLR focus screens (I've an Olympus Zuiko 50/1.2 and accurate focus at f/1.2 is not a quick option on my 1Ds 3)
Lenses... 200-400, 100-400, 35mm 1.4L II - all regulars on the rumour circuit. We've heard of something else entirely new in the 'because we can' category, but apart from the old shift lenses (45,90) no details.
13th A new lens and camera (70D?) next week? (15th) [CR]
"CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F single-focal-length lenses for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm or full frame 35mm imagers. These two new lenses join with Canon’s CN-E24mm T1.5 L F, CN-E50mm T1.3 L F, and CN-E85mm T1.3 L F primes to provide a broad line of five precision-matched, competitively priced EF-mount Cinema prime lenses"
No sign of anything for still cameras though
Meanwhile, production of the 200-400 isn't due to start until Q2/13 [CR] and at well over $10,000
Sigma is going to release five new lenses this spring. Three will be previewed at the CP+ Camera and Imaging Show in Yokohama, Japan from 31 Jan-2 Feb, and two more at the Asia Imaging Fair in Beijing, China from Apr. 1-3.
8th No new lenses sighted yet...
7th No sign of any Canon announcements yet...
Sigma announce a 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM / DC MACRO HSM [Goog xlt]
Both long expected in rumourland, the 35/1.4 L II and a 14-24 2.8L
20th More Canon patents at Egami [Google xlt] - how about an 800mm f5.6 Diffractive Optics 1:1 macro lens?
400mm f/4 DO Macro 2:1
600mm f/4 DO Macro 1:1
400mm f/4 DO Macro 1:1.4
Any such lens has a lot of moving parts for focusing, neither fast nor cheap ;-)
Suggestions that there may be a 24-70 2.8 L IS lens in a year or two [CR]
Meanwhile there is a 42-105 seen on an unidentified camera in a German Canon brochure - main rumours page
42mm - I though we had the only fake 42mm at the top of this page ;-)
16th New 50mm f1.2 lens in a collection of designs in a Canon patent [Egami - Google xlt]
The patent also includes a 50/2 design for a full frame mirrorless (22 mm backfocus [BF] distance).
The text suggests the likelihood of a full frame mirrorless - this is not easy to read - please do let me know if you can make sense of it?
The design is different to the current EF50 f/1.2L (from 2006)
Meanwhile - there are lots of 400mm lenses predicted for next year.
EF 400 f/5.6L IS
EF 400 f/4L IS
EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS
EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x [CR]
OK, the 200-400 actually exisits, but the others have been regularly predicted for years ;-)
14th Suggestions of the long awaited Canon 14-24 zoom, by the end of next year at CR
13th Some experiments(right) with more big lenses from my junk box ;-)
12th As part of Canon's revamp of their prime lens range, expect a replacement for the (1993) 50/1.4, with added image stabilisation next year.
The existing 50/1.4 is actually not a bad lens, and at f/1.4 any replacement would be Canon's fastest IS lens. I have one I use for panoramic shots - the giant 14m long 20GB print I created earlier this year was captured using the 50/1.4.
I had thought it more likely that the (1990) 50/1.8 II would get the new prime treatment first, but that's really a lens built to a price and the f/1.4 market might better take the likely price increase.
2012 December 7th I'm told [thanks] that the two remaining TS-E lenses are slated for replacement next year (TS-E45 and TS-E90 both from 1991), with the fully adjustable movements seen in the TS-E17 and TS-E24, along with bigger image circles and improved performance.
That been expected for a while, but what was also mentioned was that there is a 5th 'special' lens with movements that would be announced at the same time.This lens would be in the same 'because we can' category as the EF8-15 and the unique MP-E65 (a 1999 lens - collected info at EFlens).
As someone who makes extensive use of these lenses, I'm keen to see what Canon can do to the 90mm, which is already of extremely high quality. I don't have the 45mm, and was toying with getting a copy (there is a good 2nd hand market for TS-E lenses - people buy them and then perhaps never learn to really understand how they can be of such use). I may still get the 45mm, since even if a new one gets announced next year, recent new lens shipping delays suggests that I wouldn't see anything in my hand until maybe 2014. As to the 'special' lens, I'm not sure - the 17mm was only ever mentioned briefly to me, in this cryptic manner, the year before it came out. Since the 17mm has become one of the key lenses in my lineup for architectural use, I'm more than curious as to what might appear...
There are suggestions of new lightweight long lenses on the way [CR] and that the built in 1.4TC may become more widespread.
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