Rumours and News about Canon Lenses (includes other interesting lens information)
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...
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17th More from Canon, with an EF11mm f4 lens patent [EG-xlt] The patent also mentions control over distortion.
Details are not clear in the patent translation, but it looks like a discussion of what sorts of 'distortion' look better.
It will be interesting to see how the Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 (Zero-D for low distortion) from Laowa performs in this respect, when it appears (details 18th Feb. below).
15th A new patent for a 24-105mm F4 lens appears [EG-xlt] most likely the Mk2 version to appear with the 5D mk4 this summer. Compare with the existing version (from EFLens.com)
10th A Canon patent for a 30mm f/2.8 DO mirrorless lens, once again this one is full frame [EG-xlt]
There is a discussion about just what can be done with the EF-M mount in the linked text, but it's a Google translation, so of rather less clarity than you might wish ;-)
One of the features is that it is corrected for near IR as well as visual, so we may be seeing a more general purpose lens design.
I've not looked at the mechanics of the EF-M mount in detail, but I suspect that it will support full frame for some lens designs.
For obvious reasons, Canon would want to maximise backwards compatibility with their EF lens range, but it may be that some EF lenses only work with an adapter with lenses in it, as opposed to the current EF - EF-M adapter, which is essentially an extension tube
There was a 50/3.5 macro patent for FF mirrorless back in December 2015
2nd Sigma have an advisory concerning some of their lenses and inaccurate exposure with the 1DX mk2 [Sigma]
When the lenses listed below are used and either “Evaluative Metering” or
“Center-weighted Average Metering” is selected in Metering Mode of the camera,
the image could show some underexposure.
SIGMA 20mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art
SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
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Photographers looking for a compact, lightweight macro lens should look no further than the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens, the first Canon Macro Lens specifically designed for the EOS M Camera System.
The new lens features a pair of built-in miniature Macro Lite electronic flash units that illuminate close-up subjects as needed, helping to freeze movement, enhance color accuracy and provide a better sense of depth and dimension. Two curved flash units surround the front element of the lens, with the ability to illuminate both simultaneously, or one at a time. Users are also able to adjust the brightness of the Macro Lites between “bright” and “dim” settings.
The standard focusing range of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens extends from infinity to life-size (1 time). Additionally, a Super Macro Mode allows shooting at even higher magnifications up to 1.2 times. This feature allows you to capture smaller details that really make your subjects stand out against the background.
Additional features of the Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens include:
Hybrid IS, the same feature as found on Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM Lens, helps reduce camera shake for enjoyable handheld photography.
Stepping motor (lead screw-type STM) helps provide smooth and quiet focusing operation when taking photos, and near-silence when shooting videos.
One UD lens and two aspherical lenses** help deliver outstanding image quality at all distance settings by reducing chromatic and spherical aberrations.
Angle of view similar to a 45mm standard lens (35mm equivalent) provides flexible image capture of various subjects and scenes at macro distances and beyond.
Tapered lens top shape makes it easy to capture high-quality images at close range without casting shadows.
Canon’s EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in June for an estimated retail price of $299.991.
1 Availability, pricing and specifications are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
** Among autofocus lenses for interchangeable lens cameras. As of May 11, 2016, based on Canon's research."
10th Photos of the 28mm macro appear - seems to be an all plasitc mount [DCI - xlt]
Specs for a new EF-M lens appear [DCI - xlt] : EF-M 28mm F3.5 Macro IS STM (45mm equiv.)
Built-in macro light. It can automatically illuminate when needed
Maximum magnification is 1.2 times
One UD lens and two aspheric lenses
The built in light is a new feature for any EF lens
9th The battle of the superzooms moves on with a Nikon patent for a 4.4mm - 440mm f/2.8 - f/8.3 lens (24-2400mm equiv) for a 1/2.3" sensor [EG-xlt]
18th Canon patent for an EF-M 9-18mm f3.5-4.5 [EG-xlt]
It's seemingly optimised for control over visible distortion - makes for a good wide angle solution for EOS-M
16thA Sigma patent for a 1.4x teleconverter [EG-xlt]
Update - Removed - 200mm example - was actually a Canon design
A patent for an EF-M 16-80 f2-f6 lens appears [EG-xlt]
This raises for me what I'd like to see as a 'kit lens' on an M4 - better maybe than the standard 18-55 fayre, but I'm sure that marketing would prefer f/5.6 at the long end.
11th A US patent for a 12-20mm f4 lens appears [Scbd-pdf]
Interestingly, the date for the original Japanese patent is back in 2014. The same year that the patent for what became the 11-24 f4L appeared [EG-xlt]
The US patent does look a bit different to the Japanese one, but is quite possibly based on the same fundamental lens design.
It might be relevant to a new lens, but the EF11-24 is not due for an update any time soon... [review]
8th A Canon patent shows a multistage IS system for a lens [EG-Goog xlt]
6th EU price for the Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is announced: 695 EUR for Irix Blackstone and 475 EUR for Irix Firefly.
From the press info:
"The Irix project is the result of cooperation of specialists, photographers, engineers and photography enthusiasts. Answering some rumours, we are proud to announce that Irix is a completely new project, not related to any of the existing companies in Korea, Japan or other Asian country as presumed before by some comments."
4th A new Canon lens patent shows what is likely the 35/1.4L II [EG-Goog xlt]
29th Will we see a Canon 200-600 f4.5-5.6 this year? [CR]
28th A sigma patent for a 24-70 2.8 OS lens [EG-Goog xlt] - due this year?
See also the Sigma CEO interview on the main rumour page
The Canon lens rebate season is here again (until 9th July)
See the full list of lenses at B&H - there are 59 lenses in all
You have to buy either: two eligible lenses or an eligible Canon EOS DSLR, plus one eligible lens
Click on the Conditional Rebates link on any qualifying lens or camera to get a copy of the mail-in rebate form and do make sure you read the fine print on how to send the form in.
As ever it's a hopelessly complex and Byzantine process, but if you were thinking of buying some kit...
25th Olympus add a 3rd full frame mirrorless lens to their recent patents [EG-Goog xlt] 24mm f/1.4
23rd A bit more checking of the Irix 15mm shots I took at 'The Photography Show' (all at f/2.4) confirms very low CA, and a bit of purple fringing - both cleaned up well in ACR.
Straight edges along the edges of the frame are not obviously curved but at f/2.4 vignetting is quite noticeable (smooth gradation). Light sources in the corners of the frame show no obvious coma.
As I said, these are pre-release hand-held shots - good though...
A visit to the UK Photography show today, where I got to look at the new Irix 15mm (and take some photos with my 5Ds) and see the pending 11mm F/4 (in a case).
Very solid feeling lenses and very low distortion.
I'll not publish the photos, since they were not production lenses, but suffice to say, I'm looking forward to trying them out for real later this year.
In terms of interesting lenses, I also had a good look at the recent ones from Laowa/Venus (see below - 15mm shift, 60mm macro and 105mm f2 APO) all quite different from the usual lenses we see, and once again definitely on my 'to try out' list this year.
The 105mm has two aperture rings...
21st For a smaller sensor (1/2.3"), this Canon patent covers a 3.5mm-350mm f/3.3-7.1 (100x) zoom.
19th A new Lens source. The 15mm f2.4 Irix lens is announced [Irix]
Lightweight, manual focus (EF, F and Pentax K mounts)
Two different versions, including the ability to adjust focus calibration.
Worth trying to wade through the marketing heavy, scrolling everything, web site to find some real info for the lens.
I note that someone in marketing got them to add some suitably pointless 'hyperfocal' markings on the focus scale...
That and a 'neutrino' coating for the lens.
Ignoring all the marketing, it will be interesting to see how it performs one we know availability and price...
Press info: Meet the Irix 15mm f/2.4. The photographer's dream. Built by engineers and perfected by designers.
The new ultra wide-angle, rectilinear manual lens designed for DSLR cameras guarantees exceptional optical performance.
The Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens is designed to deliver the best optical performance and match full frame DSLR cameras demands. Providing a focal length of 15mm, this new lens model is ideal for outdoor and indoor photography whether it is photojournalism, landscapes or architecture.
From 19 to 22 March, during The Photography Show in Birmingham, TH Swiss will be premiering new family of lenses. Visit Irix at Stand No F121 (note - I'll be there on Tuesday - Keith)
Combining capabilities specific to analogue photography with ingenious technology and solutions, the Irix
15mm f/2.4 is the perfect tool for both professionals and hobbyists. The new special features such as focus lock, infinity click and hyperfocal scale set a new level of manual lens functionality. Focus lock enables to lock the focus ring at any time enssuring the chosen settings. Hyperfocal distance scale gives information about the accessible range for depth of field for a given aperture simply and intuitively. When the focusing ring is set in the “infinity” position, there is a noticeable “click” (infinity click), making it easier to find the value without looking.
Extraordinary optical performance
The Irix 15mm f/2.4 meets the most demanding requirements of modern cameras. Thanks to sophisticated optical construction and special neutrino coating, colour aberration, ghosting and flare effects have been reduced to the absolute minimum, so the lens is ready to meet the requirements of the 50+ megapixel sensors of the newest cameras.
The complex optical system consist of 15 elements in 11 groups. Three of the lens elements have a high refractive index and two others have been made from extra-low dispersion glass. The construction also contains two glass aspherical lenses that are responsible for extremely high image quality and improving image brightness at edges, while minimizing distortions and aberrations at the same time.
With a minimum focusing distance of 0.28 metre and 9 rounded shaped aperture blades, the lens stands for supremely smooth out-of-focus areas. Working with a narrow depth of field it allows the user to fully enjoy the bokeh effect.
Resistant to extreme conditions
Irix 15mm f/2.4 lenses are made with extreme precision, allowing them to be used in even the harshest weather conditions. Each lens is equipped with a weather sealed construction that protects the interior against dust and moisture. Thanks to inner seals they are also protected from accidental water splashes.
Prepare for more and create
Despite its short focal length and large aperture, the Irix 15mm f/2.4 is equipped with not only a front filter mount, but also has a rear gelatin filter slot. The design of the lens allows the use of 95 mm screw-in filters at the front in the petal-shape lens hood and gelatin filters at the back of the lens. This ensures unlimited possibilities for image creation.
Personalize your view
For the comfort of our customers Irix has created two versions of the Irix 15mm f/2.4 to meet their personality and individual taste.
Irix Blackstone: classic design meets maximum functionality, achieving the perfect match of innovative technology. The durable aluminium and magnesium body ensures foolproof protection of your lens, even in extreme conditions. Engraved fluorescent markings that reflect the light enable easy operation in all lighting conditions.
Irix Firefly: high quality mechanism in a handy design. Ergonomic focusing ring offers the freedom to capture the most ideal moment, whether it is big city architecture or wildlife scenery. The most lightweight lens in its class. Challenge accepted.
Irix Swiss Design
Irix Swiss Design stands for minimalism in style while maintaining maximum functionality. It is a perfect mixture of European design combined with Korean precision. The same look and feel of all products in the Irix family. The same consistency, product packaging and complementary elements, all perfectly shaped and fitting one another.
Each Irix 15mm f/2.4 lens leaving the factory has been properly calibrated. However, the focus calibration function provides the unique opportunity to adjust the focusing scale for a particular model of camera.
16th Lots of detail about diffractive optics, in a Canon patent [USPTO]
Just remember that it's a patent, so not made for easy reading...
For a 'superzoom' Canon compact 9-240mm F2.8-5.6 [EG-Goog xlt] (~24-600mm equiv)
3rd Laowa announce a 105mm f2 lens with apodisation filter (for softer OOF areas)
The internal structure
UK OPTICS (LAOWA UK) is pleased to present the Laowa 105mm F2 STF Lens. STF stands for Smooth Trans Focus, in reference to its special optical system, which is intended to deliver smooth transitions between crisp in-focus areas and creamy defocused background or foreground areas. This unique manual focus only lens has an integrated apodisation filter that provides superior bokeh rendering and crystal sharp images.
Full frame compatible lens featuring 11 elements in 8 groups with a 14 blade aperture and a minimum focus distance of just 0.9M. All metal alloy construction housing multi-coated glass elements throughout. At a focal length of 105mm and with the inherent softly diffused bokeh, this lens is perfect for portraiture.
The Laowa 105mm F2 STF lens is one of only a few lenses currently offering an apodisation effect. Available later in March with an MSRP of £649.99, in the following mounts: Nikon, Canon, Sony A, Sony E and Pentax.
23rd Sigma announce two lenses:
50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art and 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
KANAGAWA, JAPAN – February 23, 2016 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens, camera, flash and accessories manufacturer, today announced the addition of two high-performance APS-C format lenses to the Sigma Global Vision product line: Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens and the Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens.
Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 DC HSM Art
Building on the groundbreaking Sigma Global Vision 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art Lens, the new Sigma 50-100 F1.8 (75-150mm on 35mm format) mid-range zoom lens embodies the same engineering prowess to deliver outstanding prime lens-like results. Factoring in the APS-C image circle of 1.5x, the 50-100mm F1.8 covers three popular short tele prime focal lengths: 85mm, 105mm and 135mm. Like the 18-35mm F1.8, the new 50-100mm F1.8 maintains a constant F1.8 aperture yielding exceptional brightness and resolution throughout the zoom, while simultaneously maintaining focus as the lens is zoomed, a feature videographers will greatly appreciate.
Features three FLD (F Low Dispersion) glass elements, one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and one high-refractive index, high-dispersion glass element to minimize aberrations.
Redesigned and enhanced, the new Hyper Sonic Motor is 30% slimmer and provides fast and accurate AF.
Highly durable polycarbonate diaphragm made with fluorine; blades feature carbon feather film offering exceptionally smooth operation even during continuous shooting.
Outstanding Zoom Lens Maneuverability
Inner focusing and zoom design offer versatile shooting options
Tripod socket for stable, comfortable operation
Features 21 elements / 15 groups, Minimum Aperture: F16, 82mm filter thread, Minimum Focus Distance: 37.4in, Dimensions: 3.7x6.7, Weight: 52.6oz
The new Sigma 50-100mm F1.8 Art will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. For more information, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com/50-100mm-f1-8-dc-hsm-art.
Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary
Combining outstanding optical performance and compact design, the new affordable Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens brings immense value to mirrorless cameras. Boasting superior image quality with F1.4 brightness, the versatile lens covers a wide range of photo and video capture scenarios, delighting users with its beautiful bokeh effects.
Contemporary Line Performance and Value
Represents first affordable F1.4 performance lens for the mirrorless market
Sigma engineered quality within a sleek compact design
Fast, smooth AF stepping motor designed to support video
Features one aspherical element and one double-sided aspherical element producing imaging quality comparable to the Art line.
Features 9 elements / 7 groups, Minimum Aperture: F16, 52mm filter thread, Minimum Focus Distance: 11.8in, Weight: 9.3oz, Dimensions: 2.6x2.9in.
The new Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens will be available in Sony E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds mount. For more information, please visit www.sigmaphoto.com/30mm-f1-4-dc-dn-c.
"Sigma today announced two new Global Vision Lens bundles: the 150-600mm F5-6.3 Sports Lens and TC-1401 1.4X Teleconverter bundle and the 150-600mm F5-6.3 Telephoto Contemporary Lens and TC-1401 1.4X Teleconverter bundle. Expanding the focal range from 150-600mm to 210-840mm F6.3-9, the new bundles offer Canon, Nikon and Sigma camera users more choices...
Two Tamron lenses, a 90/2.8 macro and an 85/1.8 VC [IS]
Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD 1:1 MACRO (Model F017).
The new 90mm macro has been enhanced with advanced features and builds upon a legacy of superior optical performance. XY-Shift compensation has been newly added to reinforce VC functionality, further improving image stabilization from infinity to macro. Advancements in USD control software have also increased AF focusing speed, and optimally fine-tuned for various framing conditions. In addition, a high standard of Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction has been added to prevent intrusion of dust or moisture, and a highly durable Fluorine Coating has been applied to the top element surface to prevent condensation and repel smudge-causing substances.
The lens will be on sale in the U.S. starting in March 2016 in Canon and Nikon mounts (the Sony mount to be launched at a later date). The on-sale date in the USA is February 25, 2016 at an approximate price of $649.
Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of the SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016), the world’s first fast-aperture telephoto lens with VC (Vibration Compensation).
Tamron’s acclaimed VC makes it possible to take handheld photographs in dim light or at night. The 85mm SP lens uses LD (Low Dispersion) and XLD (Extra Low Dispersion) glass elements in the optical design to minimize color fringing and to achieve sharp and clear image quality with high-fidelity color. It also achieves attractive bokeh that draws attention to the image foreground subject. In addition, Moisture-Resistant Construction has been added to prevent intrusion of moisture, and a highly durable Fluorine Coating has been applied to the top element surface to prevent condensation and repel smudge-causing substances. This new lens joins the 35mm F/1.8, 45mm F/1.8 and 90mm Macro in a lineup of SP series prime lenses that has been expanding since 2015.
The lens will be on sale in the U.S. starting in April 2016 in Canon and Nikon mounts (the Sony2 mount to be launched at a later date). Pricing and delivery will be announced shortly.
Tamron also announced the launch of the Tamron TAP-in Console (Model TAP-01),
"... a new lens accessory that enables firmware updating and customized setups for selected Tamron lenses. The TAP-in Console is expected to be available in March."
This allows massive amounts of customisation of lens AF performance and many other features.
Lots more than any DSLR body offers - more at [DPR]
Not to be outdone, Canon have a patent for conducting AF point tuning - for each AF point, by using contrast detect AF to calibrate Phase detect AF
This and the Tamron adjuster should give some people many many more hours to worry about AF precision, discuss it and 'best' performance with like minded individuals, and generally avoid going out and taking any actual photos ;-)
21st With CP+ coming up, expect a few announcements, such as the Sigma 50-100mm f/1.8 DC HSM Art. Widely trailed for the coming week.
19th The new 18-135 lens is indeed the first USM version (the 2009 version was not, as I wrongly noted yesterday)
The Zero-D 12mm f/2.8 (Zero-D for low distortion) rectilinear FF lens
Image circle: 24x36
Field of view: 121.96°
16 elements, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 elements (anomalous dispersion glass), in 10 groups
Aperture blades: 7
Aperture range: f/2.8 - f/22
Maximum magnification: 0.2x
Maximum diameter: 74.8mm
Interesting lenses from this company - I hope to get a better look later this year.
The 18-135 lens and power zoom are announced by Canon
The lens has the same basic specs as the STM model, suggesting that it is the same optical design as the STM version, which was an improvement over the original 2009 EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS (not USM, as I mistakenly noted - I should have checked at EFLens.com, which Karen updated with a bit more care to detail ;-)
To match the versatility of EOS 80D, Canon’s new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM provides high performance auto-focus for movies and stills with the focal range to shoot wide, or up close, within a single lens. The EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM is the first of Canon’s lenses to feature Nano USM focus technology - delivering smooth, quiet AF for movies and blistering speed for stills. The new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1 is a compact and lightweight accessory designed for the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM to enable smooth, fingertip zoom control when shooting movies, ideal for capturing professional-looking documentary footage, with the option to control via Wi-Fi[ii].
As of the specs of the next Canon EF-S18-135mm F3.5-5.6 IS USM.
- Lens construction: 12 group 16 sheets (One UD lens one aspherical lens)
- Aperture blades: 7 sheets (circular aperture)
- Shortest photographing distance: 0.39m
- Maximum magnification: 0.28 times
- AF motor: Nano USM
- Have full-time manual focus
- The effect of camera shake correction is four stages
- Mode of the camera shake correction: Mode 1 / Mode 2 / Dynamic IS (Auto)
- Filter size: 67mm
- Total length: 96mm
- Maximum diameter: 77.4mm
- Weight: 515g
Nano USM of new development, achieve a 4.3 times AF speed of the old in a still image.
In addition, it can be quiet and smooth servo AF in video.
In combination with the power zoom adapter "PZ-E1", it can be smooth zooming during movie shooting.
It would seem that the optics of the lens are unchanged.
It weighs some 60g more and is 5mm shorter (18-135 page on EFLens.com)
The key feature being the Nano USM.
If it's that much of a jump in performance, expect it to appear in more lenses soon
Canon patent for a CN-E 45-900mm f / 4.5-6.3 LS (cine lens) [EG-Goog xlt]
16th Leaked specs and photos of the new 18-135 and a power zoom adapter [DCI -Google xlt]