For several years I've been collecting information and links for Canon's new EF lenses and rumours about even newer ones. I've also written numerous articles and reviews covering lenses and photography related issues.
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...
The chronology, filter sizes and date codes articles are on our EFLens.com site.
EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM
EF 11-24mm f/4L USM
EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM
EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM
EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 70-200mm f/4L USM
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM
EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x
TS-E 17mm f/4L
TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II
EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF 35mm f/2 IS USM
EF 40mm f/2.8 STM
EF 50mm f/1.2L USM
EF 50mm f/1.4 USM
EF 50mm f/1.8 II
EF 50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF 85mm f/1.8 USM
TS-E 90mm f/2.8
EF 100mm f/2 USM
EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF 135mm f/2.0L USM
EF 200mm f/2L II USM
EF 200mm f/2.8L II USM
EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM
EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM
The list does raise a few questions - the missing TS-E45 reflects its age and that whilst quite good, it doesn't match the quality of the 17/24/90
A key feature is changing some of the internal structures to allow for different image circles and other lens differences.
I've coloured the diagram from the patent, to show the adapter (black) as opposed to the camera (red) and lens (blue)
The design looks almost like a rotating filter wheel with apertures (A and B) which allow for different lens image circles.
Just for good measure, there is a tiny motor and gear shown (107,107a) to rotate the aperture wheel.
This seems a wonderfully clunky design for what could be accomplished with a few simple adapters, leading me to wonder what other key features might be hidden in the patent.
Strong hints that the EF35/1.4L II is close to announcement [CR]
Longer than the current version
Smaller diameter than the current version
Smaller filter thread
It's certainly been a staple of the 'coming soon' rumours here for several years now ;-)
Some Nikon related lens patents including a phone adapter type device [NR]
23rd Venus have today in China annouced the Laowa 15mm f/4 Wide-Angled 1:1 Macro Lens.
But wait, there's more, it's also a shift lens... (+-6mm)
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"London, UK, 11 May 2015 – Canon today unveils the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM, a new prime lens that enables you to capture images with subjects that pop from the scene, or create impact with beautiful background blur. The successor to the incredibly popular EF 50mm f/1.8 II, and an ideal second lens for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level, the EF 50mm F/1.8 STM excels at portraiture, low-light photography, and adding an artistic edge to everyday objects and settings, thanks to its wide f/1.8 maximum aperture and 50mm focal length.
The EF 50mm f/1.8 STM now features an improved design, Canon’s super spectra lens coating, a 7-blade aperture and STM technology for smooth, near silent focusing. Compact, lightweight and affordable, the EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is a welcome addition to any kit bag for people who want to create more impactful imagery.
Explore creative portraiture and low-light photography
It’s easy to capture superb portraits, or bold, artistic photos and movies with the new lens – the wide f/1.8 maximum aperture provides precise control over depth of field. It gives you the creative freedom to pinpoint focus on your subject and let the rest of the frame blend into a smooth blur – instantly allowing you to draw the viewer’s attention to a specific area. Additionally, the aperture lets more light into the lens, so you can comfortably shoot in darker conditions.
As a prime lens, the fixed 50mm focal length provides high quality results, with enhanced visible sharpness and contrast. When paired with an APS-C EOS DSLR, the lens is ideal for portraiture, helping you capture the perfect head and shoulder composition. It’s also a useful every day ‘standard’ lens for full frame DSLRs and is great at shooting a diverse range of subjects with a natural viewpoint and perspective.
The lens also provides a minimum focusing distance of just 0.35m, allowing you to get even closer to subjects and achieve a greater level of magnification, while the 7-blade aperture delivers beautiful blur and out of focus highlights. Providing enhanced image quality when compared to its predecessor, the lens features Canon’s Super Spectra Coating, which minimises internal reflections, as well as ghosting and flare.
The lens has a compact and lightweight design, weighing a mere 160g, and easily slips into your bag adding very little to the overall weight of your kit. The lens’s new external design compliments both Canon’s consumer and mid-range EOS DSLRs, while the new metal mount provides a more robust connection to camera bodies. Additionally, the lens’s manual focusing ring gives you added freedom to control the precise area in focus in your photos and movies."
Macro Telephoto Manual Focus Lens
High refractive (HR) and extra low dispersion lens (ED)
Ultra Multi Coating (UMC) technology of Samyang Optics
Circular aperture with 9 blades
Available for 10 camera mounts: Canon EOS, Nikon AE, Pentax K, Sony ∝, Canon M, Fujifilm X, Samsung NX, Sony E, FT, MFT.
31st We're told [thanks] that both of Canon's 'old' shift lenses (45mm and 90mm) have been pushed up the refresh list to go with the 5Ds/R, but that glass supplies (more exotic types) are limiting the introduction of a whole load of new top end lenses. Canon has new manufacturing capacity, but optical glass making still takes a lot of time and is not just something you can just quickly ramp up.
I still don't think we'll see these lenses updated this year, there are far bigger selling options that could do with modernising.
I've just written a review of the Piccure+ plugin and have to say that it works a treat. The sharpening it offers is not profile based so works very well with images from my TS-E17 just as well as the EF11-24.
At several minutes per image it isn't fast but is capable of a style of detail extraction that I've not seen before. It's changed aspects of my large print workflow from RAW processing through to print sharpening.
24th a 100/2.8 Macro is suggested [CR] from Samyang - sounds a bit pricey (~$800)
4th New lens rumours have gone a bit flat lately, after the 100-400 (rumoured for years) finally appeared. The 35/1.4 is probably next on the 'long expected' list ('expected' just after the new 24/1.4 II appeared in 2008).
The next 'L' won't be along for a while and is said to be a prime [CR]
Although not one I'd necessarily look to get, to add to the group below, the TS-E45 looks increasingly out of date (1991 launch), particularly once the 5Ds arrives. It's a lens, that with today's lens technology, could be astonishinly good.
3rd A few more 11-24 updates.
1st The 11-24 is a sharp lens - I'm updating the EF11-24 page with samples and info as I get them. Please make use of the comments section on the page if you've any specific things you like info on. I hope to have a full review once I've used the lens a bit more widely.
13th The new 100-400 is very solidly built - see a stripdown [LR]
10th Sigma introduce a 24/1.4 into their 'Art' lens range
"YOKOHAMA, Japan — February 10, 2015 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the new Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens, the ninth Global Vision lens to join the company’s iconic Art line-up. The announcement comes at the start of the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2015, which begins on Feb. 12 in Yokohama, Japan.
The much anticipated 24mm F1.4 Art wide angle lens is designed for full-frame DSLRs, and when used on digital cameras with an APS-C size image sensor, it effectively becomes a 38mm. The lens is ideal for capturing a variety of photography subjects, including cityscapes, mountain ranges, astrophotography and weddings and is great for videography work as well. The 24mm also excels at indoor photography in low illumination thanks to the combination of exceptional focal plane sharpness, and gorgeous bokeh rendered by nine rounded aperture blades. The lens achieves a maximum magnification of 1:5.3 with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches. The 24mm incorporates both “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass and Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass in a design of 15 elements in 11 groups to minimize chromatic aberration of magnification especially in the edge of the image field. Moreover, the optimized power layout includes aspherical elements that are positioned in the rear of the lens for improved wide open performance. This helps to ensure minimal distortion through the correction of axial chromatic aberration and sagittal coma flare. The new lens element design also delivers excellent peripheral brightness."
9th A 'because we can' unusual Canon macro lens is mentioned at CR no details though...
We've been told that updates to the remaining TS-E45 and TS-E90 were coming along 'soon' for rather a long time now, but a tiltable macro lens would certainly be different. A longer focal length would be interesting, but combining tilt and telephoto design is tricky.
An object-space telecentric version of the MP-E65 would also be interesting to use for stacking...
8th Additional sample images link added on the 11-24mm page.
- Lens arrangement 16 sheets group 11
- 4 aspherical lens (large diameter grinding aspheric single, large-diameter glass molded aspherical one, two glass mold aspherical)
- One Super UD lens, one UD lens
- SWC coating (two-sided)
- ASC coating (one side)
- The fluorine-coded into the rear lens and the front lens
- Diaphragm blades nine. The aperture circular
- Minimum aperture is F22
- In the shortest shooting distance is 24mm 0.28m, 0.32m in 11mm
- 0.16 times at the maximum photographic magnification is 24mm, 0.06 times in 11mm
- AF motor ring USM
- Full-time manual focus
- Dust and water
- Rear gelatin filter holder
- Total length 132mm, maximum diameter 108mm
- Weight 1180g
The 18-200 dates from Aug 2008 (EFL) and would really benefit from the improved build quality of Canon's recent STM lenses, as well as the better focus drive. If it really is 300mm at the long end, then it will be an impressive bit of optical design to perform over such a zoom range.
12th Samyang [Sy] launch the (widely leaked) 135/2 manual focus telephoto lens in a range of mounts, along with a cine version.
Good luck trying manual focus on most DSLR standard focus screens ;-)
See my quick test of an old Zeiss manual focus 135mm on my 100D
11th A patent for a 35-260mm f/2.8 Soft Focus (Super 35mm Size) lens with a soft focus adjustment appears [EG - Google xlt]
Expect an expensive lens, should it appear. I note that there hasn't been a soft focus lens in the EF lens range since the 135/2.8 soft focus lens, from 1987, which is a rather good cheap 135, even if you never find a use for the soft focus ;-)
9th Karen has finally finished all the Canon EF lens pages for EFLens.com
If you have reviews of older Canon lenses that you'd like her to look at mentioning, please visit the site and let her know.
Now that all the lenses are listed, we're aiming to add plenty of new info, as we come across it.
6th Nothing much from Canon at CES, but Nikon do have a new lens with an interesting 300/4 'Phase Fresnel' design.
As you might guess, it's not dissimilar to Canon's diffractive optics [NR]
4th More 'budget' lenses on the way from the Chinese company Yongnuo [PR] This time, an EF 35/2
Whilst according to one recent review, they are not exact copies of Canon's older primes, they are certainly 'inspired' by Canon's designs ;-)
8th New SP.2 prime lenses form Tamron? All the talk of high MP sensors has upped the mentions of prime lenses that are 'sharp enough' [sr]
With higher MP sensors, expect plenty of clueless debate about lenses 'not being up to the job' ;-)
It's taking a good few years of sensor development yet, before todays crop of good lenses have any real problems, and we won't even go near the already high pixel densities of crop sensors, or the fact that to get the real benefits of 50-100MP full frame sensors, a lot of us would need to change aspects of our photo taking technique (I still dislike tripods for landscape photography other than at night).
5th A Canon lens patent appears for an EF-S 9-22mm F4.5-5.6 [EG - Google xlt] It looks to be similar in design to the 10-18.
It's worth noting that there is often quite a delay between patent filings and lenses appearing (if they ever do) and also that the real idea being patented may be just one particular aspect of a design.
If the EF-S 10-22 is to be replaced, then it might well get a bit wider to distinguish it more from the surprisingly good EF-S 10-18