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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.

BTW If you're a lens maker who supplies lenses in EF mount and wants me to look at a potential lens review, then just give us a call? It includes other makes of lenses that catch my attention too. Detailed information about some current lenses can be found on specific pages via the main rumours index.

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 August

  • 29th Whilst the 7D2 specs seem fairly consistent, there just hasn't been any good lens info - quite a scattering of possibles at [DCI - Google xlt]
  • EF-S 24mm F2.8 STM, EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF 400mm F4 DO IS II USM
    • An EF-S prime at last?
  • 25th Samyang announce a 50/1.4 in both EF and cine versions [SY - Google xlt]
  • 22nd A new Canon patent for a 55-250 (or 300) f4.5-5.6 IS STM has appeared [Eg - Google xlt]
  • 20th The EF800/5.6 has been a bit of an odd one out (technology wise) for a while, and it seems we may get to hear some update news at photokina [CR] although likely only a 'development' announcement.
    • Plenty of time to start saving...
  • New lenses from Samyang at photokina? A new 50mm cine lens might be one [DH - Google xlt] A 50/1.2 has also been mentioned.
    • Having my old Zuiko 50/1.2 on a 1Ds3 (or my 100D) is a great way to show that DSLR focus screens are not great for big aperture manual focus lenses.
  • 15th Our friends at MPB (where I get my Canon 2nd hand kit) have an EF1200/5.6 for sale - a snip at £99000 ;-)
  • If not a Canon wide zoom, then a Sigma 14-24 f4 OS ($1200) and 24/1.4 ($1100) are flagged [PR] It's noted that the 14-24 will have an 82mm filter ring.
    • Although the protruding front elements of lenses don't cause me any issues, I know that many have a much greater reliance on filters and would welcome such a lens.
  • 7th Is a new EF 11-24 2.8L (~$2800) on its way? [CR]
    • My bank account feels a disturbance in the force... ;-)
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  • 2nd A Canon 'something big' notice from India was widely linked to a new 100-400 - seemes it was just a big photo competition (see pic on main rumour page)
    • Canon webmasters stirring the rumour pot a bit ;-)

July

  • 31st The 50/1.2 L is missing from the primes list at Canon Germany [Canon]. To see the gap, compare with the Canon UK page [Canon UK]
  • Update - seems it's missing from the Danish site too [CR]
    • The 50/1.2L was launched in 2006 [Details] and has been suggested for replacement ever since Zeiss and Sigma started producing some top quality primes.
    • Could be nothing, but thanks for the tip ;-)
  • 29th A new 180 macro DO patent from Canon [Eg - Google xlt] Time to replace the 1996 180/3.5 macro?
  • I'd have thought the 180 (a very good lens) would get hybrid IS - perhaps this patent is more of a 'because we haven't given up on DO' statement.

macro lens design with diffractive optics

  • The 'year of the lens' runs into timing issues wrt to Canon 'L' primes [CR] - seems it was meant to be 2015
    • Perhaps still time for an ultra-wide zoom and replacement for the 100-400 which we've been told is coming (again) with the 7D2 - I'm minded to say though, that without pictures, 100-400 rumours don't count ;-)
  • 26th On/off reports that Rokinon (Samyang) will bring out a 50/1.2 lens [PR]
    • I've got an Olympus 50/1.2 and can confirm that manual focusing at f/1.2 is tricky with any standard DSLR focus screen ;-)
  • comparing wide lens specs23rd An interview with Canon about their two latest wide zooms [DC - Google xlt]
    • Unusually for a machine translation, not too difficult to follow.
  • The optical improvements of the new 16-35 are fairly clear in a comparison of MTF charts, as is the observation in the article that the old 16-35 is just fine for APS-H ;-)
  • Discussions cover many of the aspects of lens design that are only now becoming possible with cheaper aspheric optical elements.
  • Not that long ago, a lens such as the rather good EF-S10-18 [see my 10-18 review for more] could not have been made at a budget price.
  • There is even the comment that:
    • "... By super-wide-angle zoom image quality is good came out to the periphery, and we look forward to the advent of high-resolution model of the EOS."
  • 18th Are Sigma looking at the Cine lens market? [SigR]
  • 12th A potential set of specs appear for an updated 100-400 [CR]
    • EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6L IS II Specs
    • Rotating zoom ring
      New IS system
      Lighter weight
      82mm filter thread
      New coatings
      $2399 USD
  • 10th Whilst looking for a lens hood for the EF-S 10-18mm I recently reviewed, I found that a cheap £2.50 EW73-B hood from eBay could be simply modified to match the £25-30 Canon EW73-C
    • Given my ability to lose lens caps and hoods, quite a saving ;-)
  • 9th Some suggestions that the next from Sigma will be 24 and 85mm 1.4 art lenses - quite a collection of other lenses listed with estimates of them turning up this year [SR]
  • 7th More Canon patents for a range of f/1.4 primes [Eg - Google xlt]
  • canon f/1.4 prime lenses
  • 1st At last, some firmer info suggesting that the NDAs for the 7D2 and a tele lens (100-400?) expire in early September.
    • Expect a few well timed 'leaks', probably not until August though ;-) [CR]
  • Canon patents a 1.4x teleconverter as part of the lens's AF system [Eg - Google xlt]

1.4 teleconverter woth AF

June

  • folded light path23rd Nikon patent a folded optical path solution to the catadioptric 'Donut Bokeh' problem
  • [Eg - Google xlt]
  • Not small, and keeping all those mirrors aligned won't be light weight...
  • 21st Another DO lens patent from Canon [Eg - Google xlt] this time a 400/4
    • Micromachining the moulds for creating the DO elements has come on a lot in recent years, mainly as a result of advances in aspheric and other moulded optics.
    • At some point I expect Canon will have another go at DO lenses, the savings in weight and size are quite noticeble, and probably explain some of Canon's ongoing interest.
  • 19th The Tamron 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011) is announced for EOS-M [Tamron]
  • New Canon patent includes a 100-400 f4.5-f5.6 STM lens [Eg - Google xlt]
  • 18th A new Tamron lens for EOS M, the 18-200mm Di III VC (Model B011), should appear tomorrow. [DCI - Google xlt]
  • This would be the first third party EF-M lens with a native EF-M mount.
  • 17th The EF-M lens appears
  • Press Info
  • ef-m 55-200 side viewUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 June 2014 – Canon today announces a new addition to its EF-M lens range with the introduction of its first dedicated telephoto zoom lens – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM. Designed for Canon’s Compact System Camera, the EOS M, the new EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon's signature optical performance, advanced Stepping Motor Technology (STM), a 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, and provides a versatile 55-200mm focal range to help users get closer to the subjects they love.
  • Taking you closer
  • The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM joins three existing lenses in the EF-M range, which together offer a diverse variety of focal lengths from 11-200mm. The perfect addition to any EOS M kit bag, the new lens opens additional creative possibilities for EOS M shooters through its suitability to capture a wide selection of scenes – from eye-catching portraits at 55mm, to wildlife at 200mm.
  • Leading optical technologies for incredible images
  • Developed using the company’s unparalleled optical expertise, the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM features Canon’s powerful optical Image Stabilizer and STM technology to deliver outstanding levels of detail when shooting stills and movies. When shooting movies specifically, STM technology ensures smooth focus transitions, as focus shifts from one subject to another. The STM mechanism also provides near-silent focusing, giving videographers the ability to shoot movie soundtracks which capture the natural ambience of the scene in front of them. Additionally, thanks to a highly-effective 3.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer, which reduces visible camera shake, users can also shoot sharp stills while using the zoom, and steady movies while capturing action.
  • Designed to make great photography easy
  • Constructed of a high quality metal exterior – a trademark of the EF-M lens range – the EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is also compact, lightweight and portable, making it ideal for everyday use. Inside the lens, an Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) element delivers outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range. Furthermore, its non-rotating front element makes it easy to maintain a consistent effect when using filters, and the full-time manual focus ring offers greater creative freedom to adjust focus during shooting.
  • EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM key features:
  • · Get closer to the action with your EOS-M camera
  • · Image Stabilizer keeps images sharp
  • · Compact enough to go anywhere
  • · Smooth, near-silent STM focusing
  • · Make quick adjustments with a manual focus ring
  • · Shoot great quality images – full of sharp details and rich colour
  • Pricing and availability
  • The EF-M 55-200mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is available from July with an SRP £329.99/€389.99.
  • Image size APS-C
    35mm film equivalent focal length (mm) 88-320
    Angle of view (horzntl, vertl, diagnl) 23°20′ - 6°30′
    15°40′ - 4°20′
    27°50′ - 7°50′
    Lens construction (elements/groups) 17/11
    No. of diaphragm blades 7
    Minimum aperture 22-32¹
    Closest focussing distance (m) 1.0
    Maximum magnification (x) 0.21 (at 200mm)
    Distance Information Yes
    Image stabilizer 3.5
    AF actuator STM

    PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS

    Filter diameter (mm) 52
    Max. diameter x length (mm) 60.9 x 86.5
    Weight (g) 260

    ACCESSORIES

    Lens Cap E-52 II
    Lens hood ET-54B
    Lens case/pouch LP816
    Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF12 II Lens Dust Cap E
    Magnification w/ Extension Tube EF25 II Not Compatible
    Extender Compatiblity Not Compatible
    Other Accessories Not Compatible
  • 16th A new EF-M lens is suggested [DCI - Google xlt] the EF-M 55-200mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM
    • "Adopt one glass molded aspherical lens and one UD lens
      The 22% shortening the overall length compared to the EF-S 55-250mm IS STM
      31% lighter than the EF-S 55-250mm IS STM
      It is equipped with a camera shake correction of the effect of 3.5 stages
      Faster AF by the optimization algorithm of the drive system
      Full-time manual focus
      Hood ET-54B"
  • I wonder if it will appear in the US?
  • 11th Canon have published more information about the EF-S10-18 and EF 16-35 f/4 L IS
  • I've updated my EF-S 10-18 review with more technical info
  • 2nd I've written up an initial EF-S10-18 review

May

  • 31st EF-S10-18 lens arrives - full review to follow :-)

10-18 in box

EF-S10-18

  • There are 3 initial full res sample images from the 100D on my G+ page

lens reflections - front elements of ef-s10-18

Our Lens came from Park Cameras in the UK

  • 27th Sigma to announce an 85/1.4 Art lens at Photokina? [CR]
  • Also mentioned, something long for next year...
  • 24th A new patent from Canon for a 100-400 - this time it's the return of diffractive optics [EG-xlt]
  • Patent shows 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6 and 70-300 mm F4.5-5.6
  • new Canon diffractive optics zoom lenses
  • 22nd A whole series of wide zooms appear in some new Sigma patents [EG-xlt]
  • 15-30 mm F1.8, 17-35mm F1.8, 16-50 mM F2.8, 12-24mm F2.8
  • All are APS-C
  • 20th Maybe a typo, but a Canon 50/1.2L II gets mentioned in a CPN video article.
  • It also seems that several rumour sites have been sent the same info that the 100-400 is soon due for replacement. Not sure where it originated, but thanks for sending in the info (including that it would be a fair bit more expensive).
  • 16th The two new wide lenses are mentioned in a CPN article.
  • 15th A Canon f/2.8 ultrawide zoom is due for announcement later this year [CR] 14-24mm is suggested, although in the past we've had 12-24 suggested (2mm extra bragging rights for marketing ;-)
  • Some sample images for the EF-S10-22mm [Canon China]
  • Some info about Nikon's 'fluorine' anti dirt coating [NR]
  • 14th Nikon announce the Nikkor AF-S 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR lens. Some $3k above the old one at $12k [NR]
  • 13th New lenses: [Full info on eflens.com 16-35 and 10-18]
    • 'The Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM and the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM ultra-wide zoom lenses are scheduled to be available in June for estimated retail prices of $1,199.00 and $299.99.'
ef 16-35 f4 ISCanon EF 16-35mm F4L IS USM specifications
Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF
Focal length 16–35 mm
Image stabilisation Yes (up to four stops)
Lens mount Canon EF, Canon EF/EF-S
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4.0
Number of diaphragm blades 9
Optics
Elements 16
Groups 12
Special elements / coatings 3 aspheric and 2 UD lens elements, plus fluorine coating
Focus
Minimum focus 0.28 m (11.02″)
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Physical
Weight 615 g (1.36 lb)
Diameter 83 mm (3.25″)
Length 113 mm (4.44″)
Sealing Yes
Zoom method Rotary (internal)
Filter thread 77 mm
Hood supplied Yes
Hood product code EW-73C

ef10-18 Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM specifications

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 10–18 mm
Image stabilisation Yes
Lens mount Canon EF/EF-S
Aperture
Maximum aperture F4.5 - F5.6
Number of diaphragm blades 7
Optics
Elements 14
Groups 11
Special elements / coatings UD lens element and enhanced lens coatings
Focus
Minimum focus 0.22 m (8.66″)
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Physical
Weight 240 g (0.53 lb)
Diameter 75 mm (2.94″)
Length 72 mm (2.83″)
Sealing No
Filter thread 67 mm
Hood product code EW-82
  • EF16-35mm F4L IS USM
  • - EF-S10-18mm F4.5-5.6 IS STM
  • - Lens Hood EW-73C
  • - Lens hood EW-82
  • 7th An imminent anouncement is suggested [DCI Goog xlt] for two lenses.
  • The two wide zooms are an EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and the EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM.
  • We're also told that "all the new TS-E lenses" will be on show at Photokina.
    • The 10-18 will be popular with some of the real-estate agents I teach property photography to. Very few of them like taking tripods with them ;-)
    • It's the TS-E ones that interest me the most, but these have been in rumours since the TS-E17 was announced [Feb 2009] so I've long stopped holding my breath...
  • 6th A few lens snippets [CR], with an expensive 11-24 and an IS f/4 version of the 16-35. There is even a suggested $3k price ticket for the all new 100-400.
    • It's been a thin time for Canon rumours of late. I'm assuming Canon are going to do something this year... ;-)
  • 5th Suggestion of a replacement (or even all new) EF-S ultrawide [CR] - something for the 7D2?
  • Interesting article [IR] about how Panasonic address some of the issues in making aspheric lens elements.
    • If you didn't know it, cheaper manufacturing of aspheric elements is one of the reasons that we have so many great lenses now (at a reasonable price) compared to 25 years ago.

April

  • 30th Canon celebrates making its 100 millionth EF lens on the 22nd
    • TOKYO, Japan, April 30, 2014—Canon Inc. today celebrated an impressive lens-manufacturing milestone with the production on April 22, 2014, of the Company’s 100-millionth EF-series interchangeable lens for EOS cameras—an EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x.
  • 28th New Samyang lenses tomorrow:
    • 35mm f/1.4 Canon AE
    • 300mm f/6.3 Mirror DSLR photo lenses
  • VDSLR/Cinema series
    • Samyang 10mm T3.1
    • 12mm T2.2
    • 7.5mm T3.8.
  • Note AE control for the Canon lens (no AF yet)
  • There are lots of Canon lenses in the latest US rebate scheme - full list on main rumour page,
  • 23rd Lots of speculation around what Sigma will announce at Photokina, with a 24/1.4 looking good and a 135/1.8 doing well in the wish lists...
  • 22nd A new product is teased at Canon's HK FB page (see main rumour page for pic)
  • Speculation would like a new fast prime - there are a few could do with an update (35/1.4, 50/1.4) but it could be another extremely expensive cine lens, or just a camcorder...
  • Samyang's 3 lenses are hinted at: 35mm f/1.4 AE lens, a 7.5mm T3.8 cinema fisheye lens for MFT and 12mm cinema lens for APS-C based mirrorless cameras [PR]
  • 21st Suggestions [CR] that we will finally see an update to the TS-E45 and a replacement for the TS-E90 - both getting 'L' status.
  • This has been a regular for a few years, and some time ago we were told that new TS-E lenses would finally have encoders to allow for recording movement info in EXIF data. This could only be done with a whole new movements mechanism.
    • I've seen numerous comments elsewhere that the T/S lenses are fragile - IMHO that's due more to ham-fisted use inexperience than any great design issues.
    • Or perhaps I just treat £2000 lenses with a bit more care than a rental car ;-)
  • There is a Sigma 35/1.4 patent (inc. a version with IS) [EG-xlt]
  • It seem that someone running Samyang's FB page got a little ahead of themselves [DH-xlt] and that Samyang is not about to move to AF lenses. It seems that there is an awful lot of proprietary info needed to do it properly for most formats. Electronic aperture control amy feature, since it's somewhat easier to implement.
    • Given that Sigma and the like have spent years working on AF compatibility and still have problems every so often, I can see why Samyang might want to leave well alone for the time being
  • 19th There are mumerous praises of the Sigma 50/1.4 after DxOmark agrees that it touches Zeiss Otus performance at a quarter of the price.
  • The next Otus is likely to be an 85/1.4 at Photokina, and with Sigma's lens designers on a roll, a matching version at a fraction of te price (and with AF) could be along this time next year (or sooner was hinted to us).
  • Added to this mix [CR] is the suggestion of a couple of Zeiss T/S lenses and a zoom - yes, they'll be cheap, I don't think ;-)
  • Meanwhile, another patent for a Canon 24-70 IS appears [EG-xlt] with 18 elements in 13 groups, this is a complex lens.
  • Samyang has posted a few more teasers about upcoming lenses later this month, but given their habit of pre-announcements and multiple releases, it's anyone's guess what might be coming - AF is regularly mentioned (50 and 85 suggested).
  • 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]
  • 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

March

  • 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

  • 2nd A range of Canon mail-in lens rebates in the US for March (links are B&H listings) As ever, check the full details needed to get your cash (not that I'd ever expect the fulfilment firms for such offers to try and pull a fast one... ;-)

February

  • 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]

January

  • 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 5D MkIII    
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
350D
Digital Rebel XT
Kiss Digital N
400D
Digital Rebel XTi
Kiss Digital X
450D
Rebel XSi
Kiss X2
500D
T1i
Kiss X3
550D
T2i
Kiss X4
600D
T3i
X5
650D
T4i
X6i
700D
T5i
X7i
   
Micro APS-C                           100D
SL1
X7
   
Entry APS-C                   1000D
Rebel XS
Kiss F
1100D
Rebel T3
Kiss X50
1200D
T5
X70
Mirrorless APS-C                           M M2  

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

Video capable | Digic | Digic 2 | Digic 3 dual | Digic 4 dual | Digic 5 dual

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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      
 
2014

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