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Rumours and News about Canon Lenses

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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Previous years rumours are archived 2006-2008 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

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.

Canon EF Lens chronology 1987- |Canon DSLR chronology | Canon Lens Date codes (updated)

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New lenses? Facts & Rumours

2014 April

  • 12th A Canon 22-46 zoom patent [EG-xlt] Specs look like a small size zoom for EF-M
  • 11th A pre-order price of just $949 for the Sigma 50/1.4 B&H | Adorama - available for Sigma, Sony, Nikon, and Canon mounts in late April.
    • If the early tests are anything to go by, this lens will be in short supply for a while, but more importantly, it throws down a few challenges to Canon/Nikon in the performance department.
  • 10th Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC [CR]
  • Want to blow $300 on a creative (their word not mine ;-) lens? The Lensbaby 5.8mm circular fisheye is here. Whilst my own (15mm and 8-15) are some of the most flare resistant lenses I have, the Lensbaby has features such as:
  • 'Polished internal barrel for creative flare & reflection' and a still more useless 'hyperfocal scale to aid in focusing'
  • If you really must... Adorama [inc. sample images]
    • Why do I tend to dislike such lenses? There is always a bit of a 'new toy' effect with any new kit. The man with a new hammer sees every problem as a nail... Suddenly every effect seems new and creative. I try and get past this before I risk using such kit on a paying job ;-) Most people get past it and explore what they can do with whatever new capabilities that come with the new kit, but with a more critical eye.
    • You've only got to see how much Lensbaby kit is available used, to see that their products are definitely aimed at the 'new hammer' period ;-)
    • If you want to experiment with cheaper fisheye lenses, get a good one, such as one of the Samyang models. That 'creative flare and internal reflection' features of the Lensbaby might, I suspect, quickly become an annoyance. [my own 8-15mm use]
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  • 9th Hints of a (very reasonable) price for the Sigma 50/1.4 at just over $1k [PR]
  • Some views of Canon's $33k 17-120 T2.9 cine lens [PB]
  • The Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Sony E mount (FF) lens will go for $800 [SAR]
  • The Sigma review below is updated to compare with the Zeiss Otus and the comparisons are good
    • "The Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 Art is the most exciting lens we're likely to review this year. All competing lenses from Canon and Nikon fell short when compared to the resolving power of the 50mm Art. Compared to the mighty Zeiss 55mm ƒ/1.4 Otus, the Sigma holds its own, displaying nearly identical results"
  • 6th A test of the Sigma 50/1.4 [SLG] suggests that it trounces anything other than the Zeiss Otus 55mm


  • 31st Several Canon lens patents 50/85/100 appear [EG-xlt] - updates to some older primes?
  • new Canon prime lenses
  • In the very expensive category is a likely zoom cine lens from Canon for NAB [CR]
  • 20th Several lenses from Samyang - mostly aimed at mirorless though.
  • There is an EF 10mm f/2.8 for APS-C - however this is the 10mm that was announced in December [full specs below] There is also an APS-C 12mm [SY]
  • 18th Samyang are likely to make a lens announcement later this week - time to see how they handle AF?
  • 17th Whilst Sigma is doing well these days, a Japanese court fines them [~£9m] for infringing some of Nikon's VR patents [PB]
  • 15th An update for the 800/5.6 on its way later this year? [CR] Lighter, better optics and improved IS ?
  • 12th The Canon patent floodgates seem to have opened with macro designs (inc. Hybrid IS) for: 180mm f/3.5 Macro IS, 200mm f/3.5 Macro IS, 300mm f/3.5 Macro IS [EG-xlt]
  • 10th More patents from Canon [EG-xlt] 16-35mm f/4, 17-40 mm f/4 , 17-40 mm f/2.8-4 , 16-35mm f/2.8
  • The current 17-40 4L dates from 2003 and the 16-35 2.8L II is from 2007
  • 3rd Diffractive optics are not dead yet... Two 600/4 patents from Canon [EG-xlt] DO is second one, a bit shorter.

600mm f4600mm f4 with diffractive optics

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  • 18th Are we about to get some more EF-S lenses, other than the usual kit zooms? A 24mm EF-S with a new C-USM focus mechanism later this year [CR] The update to USM is likely to appear in a 50mm lens first of all.
  • 16th A Tokina AT-X PRO SD 24-70mm f/2.8 (IF) FX lens is spotted at CP+ [PR]
  • Not due until Photokina though.
  • 12th An announcement is due in the next few days about Samyang adding AF to some of their lens designs [PR]
  • 9th Another patent F3.5-5.6 Canon 24-85mm (and 24-70) [EG-xlt]
  • 5th A suggestion that Canon will bring out a long (~200mm) zoom macro lens this year [CR]
  • The 180L 3.5L dates from 1996 and has no IS.
  • Meanwhile, today's Canon patent is a 17-55 f/3.5-5.6 [EG-xlt] - a bit wider than the standard 18-55
  • 4th With a 100-400 replacement expected for many years, it looks as if it might be getting closer, with a F4.5-5.6 IS 70-400 mm patent showing up [EG-xlt] No direct sign of whether the push-pull design is gone, but the fact that groups L1 and L2 diverge and L2/L3 converge, suggests it's a rotate to zoom option.

EF 70-400 lens paptent

  • Sigma are going to expand the types of MTF chart they release for lenses [CR]
    • Of course this makes you wonder just how many people actually understand such charts and know what's relevant? Then again they always look good in reviews ;-)
  • 1st Two interesting articles from Canon all about tele extenders [pt.1 pt.2]
  • There's also one about the Canon 8-15 fisheye I found interesting to look through, even having regularly used the lens since it first came out [EF8-15 review]


  • 27th After a flurry of lens patents, Canon show a domed (i.e. not flat) aperture device for lenses [EG-xlt] If you've ever taken apart an aperture unit (the iris mechanism) you'll see flat blades. In compact lenses, this means an air gap between elements big enough for the plane of the blades. Domed bladed let you place the aperture between two curved elements in a whole new way, giving new flexibility in lens design
  • non-flat aperture blades
  • 25th The lens patents are coming thick and fast - this time, one I'd definitely buy, at 11-24mm f/4 [EG-xlt]
  • To get this field of view (up/down or side to side) I can stitch two images made with the TS-E17mm lens, which although it's going to be higher resolution, is not always a practical solution.
  • EF11-24 lens patent
  • 22nd More Canon lens patents [EG-xlt] This time with IS for medium telephoto lenses.
  • Medium Telephoto lens designs with IS
  • OK for replacing the 85 f/1.8 and 100 f/2, but the 135 f/2 L ? (not to mention the 135 f/2.8 soft focus)

2013 December

  • 29th More lens patents from Canon [EG-xlt] 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 , 18-200 mm F3.5-6.3 , 16-120 mm F3.5-5.6
  • The designs look to have a short backfocus distance appropriate to the EF-M specifications.
  • 27th The 400/5.6L (from 1993) is currently difficult to source in some areas and we've had suggestions that it is due for a 400/5.6 L IS makeover. It's currently listed in the UK around £1100 (inc 20% Vat).
  • 20th Not enough Canon 24-70mm lens options for you?
  • More on the way? (inc. 2.8L IS) [CR]
  • A super (100x) zoom patent from Canon for a Powershot [EG-xlt]
    • No, I don't think we'll see an EF16-1600 any time soon...
  • 16th I've just finished a long review of the Samyang/Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens
    • Could be an absolute bargain at ~£300, if it's foibles don't matter to you...
  • 15th Two lenses suggested for CP+ at CR
    • There are plenty to choose from and Canon have hinted at the 'year of the lens' in a recent interview. There is an ongoing update program for the non-L primes, several 'L' lenses are quite old, and there is still the so-so TS-E45 and quite good optically, but could do better in design TS-E90. Oh, and there are the perrenially 'real soon now' lenses, the 35/1.4L II and 100-400...
  • 13th How about a 40mm f/0.85 for your EOS-M? Coming early next year for $2000 [Handevision]
  • Sample images via link.
  • 40mm f/0.85 lens
  • 10th Expected ever since the Sept 2008 announcement of the EF24 1.4L II, the 35 1.4L II is suggested as 'for real' next year [CR]
  • 9th More Canon hints about lenses in an interview [see mirrorless page] - '2014 for lenses'
  • 8th Samyang have announced availability of their 10/2.8 lens (crop sensor)
  • Given the quality of the Samyang 14/2.8 I've been testing of late, I expect it to do well. RRP in January is a just over £400.
  • samyang 10mm f2.8samyang 10/2.8 internal
  • samyang 10/2.8 specs
  • 6th Not happy with the Canon 200-400 with built in 1.4x TC?
  • A Canon patent shows several more examples, such as a 300-600 and 600/4 [EG-xlt]
  • Mainly concerns how inbuilt TC allows for much more optimisation of the TC for the lens.
    • Does this mean inbuilt x1.4 TCs for new versions of long white lenses?
  • 2nd A Tamron patent for a 10mm f/1.8 and f/2.8 fisheye (APS-C 180 degree diagonal) [EG-xlt]
  • tamron 10mm fish eye lens optics

Previous years rumours are archived 2006-2008 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Canon Digital EOS Timeline

  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X      
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D Mk II N 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV              
Video                           1D C      
High Full             5D 5D Mk II 5D3      
APS-C                     7D      
'Better'  Full                             6D      
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D      
Mid APS-C         300D
Digital Rebel
Kiss Digital
Digital Rebel XT
Kiss Digital N
Digital Rebel XTi
Kiss Digital X
Rebel XSi
Kiss X2
Kiss X3
Kiss X4
Micro APS-C                           100D
Entry APS-C                   1000D
Rebel XS
Kiss F
Rebel T3
Kiss X50
Mirrorless APS-C                           M M2  

Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.

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EF Lens chronology

This Canon lens date list is now being actively maintained at our lens info site EFlens.com

Current EF lens Current EF-S lens 'retired' EF lens 'retired' EF-S lens Current EF-M lens

Canon Lenses since 1987 (as of Jan. 2014) The links go to the listing for the lens on our EFLens.com site.

Note: The most up to date version of this table, as well as full lens info and specs is to be found at:

EFlens.com - Date codes and history of EF lens announcements

Do note that some lenses may have been discontinued, but are still in stock at some dealers.

Year M Lens Year M Lens Year M Lens
1987 3 EF50mm f/1.8 1988 6 EF28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 II 1989 4 EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM
1987 3 EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5 1988 6 EF35-135mm f/3.5-4.5 1989 9 EF50mm f/1.0L USM
1987 3 EF35-105mm f/3.5-4.5 1988 6 EF50-200mm f/3.5-4.5L 1989 9 EF85mm f/1.2L USM
1987 3 EF100-300mm f/5.6 1988 10 EF35-70mm f/3.5-4.5A 1989 9 EF80-200mm f/2.8L
1987 4 EF15mm f/2.8 Fisheye 1988 11 EF24mm f/2.8 1989 10 EF20-35mm f/2.8L
1987 4 EF28mm f/2.8 1988 11 EF200mm f/1.8L USM      
1987 5 EF70-210mm f/4 1988 11 EF600mm f/4L USM      
1987 6 EF100-300mm f/5.6L 1988 12 EF100-200mm f/4.5A      
1987 10 EF135mm f/2.8 Soft Focus            
1987 11 EF300mm f/2.8L USM            
1987 11 EF28-70mm f/3.5-4.5            
1987 12 EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro            
1987 12 EF50-200mm f/3.5-4.5            
1990 3 EF35-135mm f/4-5.6 USM 1991 3 EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 1992 3 EF500mm f/4.5L USM
1990 4 EF100mm f/2.8 Macro 1991 4 EF 400mm f/2.8L USM 1992 4 EF35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM
1990 6 EF70-210mm f/3.5-4.5 USM 1991 4 TS-E24mm f/3.5L 1992 6 EF20mm f/2.8 USM
1990 6 EF100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM 1991 4 TS-E45mm f/2.8 1992 6 EF85mm f/1.8 USM
1990 9 EF35-80mm f/4-5.6 1991 4 TS-E90mm f/2.8 1992 6 EF35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
1990 10 EF35mm f/2 1991 4 EF35-105mm f/4.5-5.6 1992 6 EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 USM
1990 11 EF80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 1991 10 EF100mm f/2 USM 1992 6 EF80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
1990 12 EF50mm f/1.8 II 1991 10 EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 USM 1992 11 EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
      1991 12 EF14mm f/2.8L USM      
      1991 12 EF200mm f/2.8L USM      
      1991 12 EF300mm f/4L USM      
1993 1 EF35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM 1994   No lenses in 1994? 1995 2 EF38-76mm f/4.5-5.6
1993 3 EF20-35mm f/3.5-4.5 USM       1995 3 EF35-80mm f/4-5.6 III
1993 5 EF400mm f/5.6L USM       1995 3 EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
1993 6 EF50mm f/1.4 USM       1995 3 EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 II USM
1993 7 EF1200mm f/5.6L USM       1995 3 EF80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
1993 9 EF35-80mm F4-5.6 II       1995 7 EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 II
1993 10 EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM       1995 8 EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 III USM
1993 11 EF28-70mm f/2.8L USM       1995 9 EF28mm f/1.8 USM
            1995 9 EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
1996 3 EF200mm f/2.8L II USM 1997 3 EF300mm f/4L IS USM 1998 2 EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
1996 3 EF400mm f/2.8L II USM 1997 12 EF24mm f/1.4L USM 1998 3 EF22-55mm f/4-5.6 USM
1996 4 EF135mm f/2L USM       1998 3 EF55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM
1996 4 EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM       1998 11 EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
1996 4 EF17-35mm f/2.8L USM       1998 12 EF35mm f/1.4L USM
1996 9 EF24-85mm f/3.5-4.5 USM            
1996 9 EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6            
1996 9 EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 IV USM            
1999 4 EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 II 2000 3 EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM 2001 9 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
1999 4 EF28-80mm f/3.5-5.6 V USM 2000 9 EF28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 2001 12 EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM
1999 4 EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III 2000 9 EF28-200mm f/3.5-5.6 USM 2001 12 EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
1999 4 EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 III USM 2000 10 EF28-90mm f/4-5.6      
1999 7 EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM 2000 10 EF28-90mm f/4-5.6 USM      
1999 7 EF500mm f/4L IS USM 2000 10 EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM      
1999 9 EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM            
1999 9 EF600mm f/4L IS USM            
1999 9 MP-E65mm f/2.8 Macro            
1999 9 EF70-200mm f/4L USM            
2002 9 EF28-90mm f/4-5.6 II USM 2003 5 EF17-40mm f/4L USM 2004 6 EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
2002 9 EF28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 II USM 2003 9 EF28-90mm f/4-5.6 II 2004 6 EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
2002 9 EF28-105mm f/4-5.6 USM 2003 9 EF55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM 2004 9 EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
2002 9 EF90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM 2003 9 EF90-300mm f/4.5-5.6 2004 9 EF28-90mm f/4-5.6 III
2002 11 EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM 2004 9 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 2004 11 EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM
      2004 9 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 USM      
2005 3 EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM 2006 2 EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM 2007 2 EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
2005 3 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II 2006 2 EF85mm f/1.2L II USM 2007 8 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
2005 3 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 II USM 2006 8 EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM 2007 8 EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
2005 9 EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM 2006 8 EF50mm f/1.2L USM 2007 8 EF14mm f/2.8L II USM
2005 9 EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM            
2008 2 EF200mm f/2L IS USM 2009 2 TS-E 17mm f4/L 2010 1 EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
2008 2 EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM 2009 2 TS-E 24mm f3.5L II 2010 8 EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
2008 9 EF24mm f/1.4L II USM 2009 9 EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS 2010 8 EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM fisheye
2008 9 EF-S 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 IS 2009 9 EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM 2010 8 EF300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM
      2009 9 EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM 2010 8 EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
2011 2 EF500mm F/4L IS II USM 2012 2 EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM 2013 3 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
2011 2 EF600mm F/4L IS II USM 2012 2 EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM 2013 5 EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x
2011 2 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 III 2012 2 EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM 2013 6 EF-M 11-22mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
2011 3 EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II 2012 6 EF40mm f/2.8 STM 2013 8 EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM
2011 6 EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II 2012 6 EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM      
      2012 7 EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM      
      2012 7 EF-M 22mm f/2 STM      
      2012 11 EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM      

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