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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.

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Previous years rumours: 2006-2008 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

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.

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New lenses? Facts & Rumours

2015 May

  • 22nd Well, if you had one in stock, you'd want to try it out...
  • B&H have written up a review of using the EF1200 lens
  • A new patent for an EF16-35 2.8 lens appears [EG-Goog xlt]
  • lens design for canon 16-35mm f2.8 lens
  • 18th An f/2.8 wide zoom gets a mention - something to update the 16-35 2.8L II? [CR]
  • 13th The EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS could be due for an update in the near future [CR]
  • 11th A Canon patent for a 12-35mm F2-3.5 IS lens for a 4/3" sensor - no indication what camera it's for though.
  • [EG-Goog xlt]
  • EF 50 f/1.8 STM lensThe EF 50/1.8 STM is launched.
    • "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."
  • Preorder at B&H
  • 8th New Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 patent [EG-Goog xlt]
  • ef-s 15-85
  • 6th Time for a new lens - pictures of the new 50/1.8 STM start appearing [DCI-Goog xlt]
    • 6 elements in 5 groups
      'Digital optimized' coating
      STM motor
      Full-time manual focus
      Length 39.3mm
      Weight 160g
  • 3rd Canon USA has a stack of rebates until the end of May:

$100 on EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM: B&H | Adorama
$100 on EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM: B&H | Adorama
$100 on EF 17-40mm f/4L USM: B&H | Adorama
$100 on EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM: B&H | Adorama
$200 on EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM: B&H | Adorama
$100 on EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II: B&H | Adorama

$100 on EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM: B&H | Adorama
$150 on EF 35mm f/1.4L USM: B&H | Adorama
$50 on EF 50mm f/1.2L USM: B&H | Adorama
$50 on EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM: B&H | Adorama
$50 on EF 135mm f/2.0L USM: B&H | Adorama
$50 on EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM: B&H | Adorama

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  • 2nd If you're feeling well off and wanted to buy the EF1200 from B&H ($180k) to fill out your lens collection please do use our link to buy it. It would be most appreciated ;-)
  • 1st A new Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens patent appears - is it finally on its way? [EG-Goog xlt]
  • Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens
  • Here's simpler version from last October [EG-Goog xlt] The new version moves from 3 elements in the front group to 6.
  • Canon 35mm f/1.4 lens design

April

  • 29th We've seen update suggestions for the TS-E45 and 90 for quite some time, along with suggestions that 'something different' is due in this area... A T/S macro is mentioned at CR.
    • An interesting idea, but it's going to take some nifty optical design to get a lot of tilt with the constraints of the EF mount and mirror box.
  • 15th If you're looking at the 11-24 in the US, B&H have stock (above) - I'm still getting the hang of what really benefits from the really wide end... just waiting for my 5Ds to go with it.
  • 5th There appears to be a fake 50/1.8 IS STM image doing the rounds [CR] - no more real than the 42mm above ;-)
  • 3rd A replacement 50/1.2L is mentioned [CR] but the 50/1.8 STM is likely far sooner
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    2nd The Samyang 100mm is real [SY]
    • Macro Telephoto Manual Focus Lens
      F2.8 aperture
      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.

March

  • 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.
  • A Sigma patent for a 24-105 f2.8-4 [EG - Google xlt]
  • 30th The 16-35 2.8L II is on the update list [CR]
  • 29th A Samyang hint of the 100/2.8 [PR]
  • 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)
  • 20th A reminder that as well as my review of the 11-24, I'm keeping the 11-24 news page updated with reviews as I find them.
  • 19th A wide T3.5 zoom for the cine range is suggested [CR]
  • 14th The long running [1993] EF 400/5.6L is mentioned for a refresh [CR] but not until 2016.
    • I note that it's currently around £950 - I suspect an IS version to help bump up that price a bit.
  • 13th Masses of (good) sample images from the 11-24 at Mob-1
  • 12th There is an excellent 11-24 review at TDP
    • I'd personally disagree with Bryan's getting rid of the EF8-15 since I feel that the 11-24 and 8-15 complement each other.
  • 11th A 50/1.2 L mk2 gets a mention [CR] but don't expect it too soon.
  • More EF-M lenses are mentioned in a Canon interview [DPR]
  • More testing of the 11-24
  • 9th I've not tried any of the 'superzoom' compacts, but Canon look to take it just that bit further with a patent for an optical system that gives an equivalent of 24-2400mm [EG - Google xlt]
    • And yes, I did wonder what an EF24-2400 IS might look like - maybe with a built in 1.4x extender... ;-)
  • 7th I've just finished my initial Review of the Canon EF 11-24 F4 L USM
  • It's very much aimed at looking what you can do with the lens, rather than a precise optical analysis.
    • I'll be updating it over time, especially when my 5Ds turns up.
    • The 11-24 news page will be kept updated with news of reviews and any other relevant info.
  • 5th A Canon patent for a 12-35/15-50 cine lens [EG - Google xlt]
  • 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.

February

  • 27th I'm told that our EF 11-24mm F4L should be here tomorrow...
  • A Canon patent for an EF-M 9-18mm F3.5-4.5 [EG - Google xlt]
  • 24th An interesting comparison of the old and new Canon 100-400 lenses by Kevin Ebi, a pro nature photographer.
  • 22nd More Canon patents - this time an adapter for EF to EF-M that incorporates IS and improves AF performance
  • [EG - Google xlt]
  • --
  • It's been pointed out that the recent patent for variable refractive index elements is a development of one from May 2011 [EG - Google xlt]
    • Maybe this is a technology we'll see sooner rather than later?
  • 21st It seems that many missed the key point of the recent patent (17th), which was the use of variable refractive index elements, not the 300/50/24mm example designs.
  • Such lens elements have different refractive index in different areas of the lens and can help correct some basic aberrations.
    • ...it's not entirely new, you are using such lenses to read this ;-) The lenses in your eyes
  • 20th Research about flat optical elements [PP]
  • 17th A Canon patent for a 300/4 (and 24/2.8 and 50/1.3 amongst other examples) makes use of elements with variable refractive index [EG - Google xlt]
  • --
  • A suggestion that the initial lengthy delays for shipping the 11-24 in the UK were a trifle pessimistic and we may yet see them this month in the UK.
  • 16th A Canon patent for an optional IS unit with no effect on focal length, to go inside a lens [EG - Google xlt]
  • The 11-24 is shipping in some parts of the Far East [ETP - Google xlt]
  • 15th A good review of the 100-400 [DA]
  • 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."
  • Price to follow ;-) [DPR]
  • 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.
  • 4th Prices are leaked [PR]
    • Canon EOS 5Ds: €3,499 (around $4,000)
      Canon EOS 5Ds R (no low-pass filter): €3,699 (around $4,200)
      Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: €2,999 (around $3,400)
  • 1st More details of the 11-24 [DCI - Google xlt]
    • - 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
  • ...well, I think I'll have one please ;-)

January

  • 30th More details of the 11-24 surface [DCI - Google xlt] Specs include:
    • 1x large diameter ground aspheric lens
    • 1x large-diameter glass molded aspherical lens
    • 2x glass molded aspherical lenses
    • 1x super UD lens
    • 1x lens UD
  • Here's an animation of its size compared to the EF8-15 and EF14 2.8L II
  • 27th It seems that the 11-24 will indeed be announced later next week (see main rumour page)
  • 22nd A new wide zoom (with IS) is announced by Tamron. The SP 15-30mm F/2.8 Di VC USD should be available by the end of the month [CR]
  • 15th The previously leaked (Oct 2014) EF11-24 f/4L looks to be real and on its way soon.
    • When it does appear, I'll certainly be getting one ASAP, and will have a detailed review.
    • A lens like this is ideal for some aspects of my architectural photography, where currently I stitch up/down shifted views using the TS-E17.
    • That gives higher resolution, but I don't always need it.
    • I noted too that Park cameras, the company I buy my own camera kit from, here in the UK, have just launched a big update to their web site.
  • The mystery camera that appeared in the CS100 promo shots is also very likely to be the latest xxxD (Rebel) APS-C DSLR. [CR]
  • With a fairly distinctive change to the controls layout, the new camera (750D) may also see a lens launched with it.
  • The recently rumoured EF-S 18-300 STM would be a good choice.
    • See the Canon video below for a bit more about STM drive in lenses.
  • 14th A new promo video for EF lenses from Canon
  • 13th A new EF-S 18-300 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is suggested [CR] to replace the current EF-S18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
    • 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

Samyang 135mm f2 lens specications

  • 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 ;-)

2014 December

  • 31st A good review of the new 100-400 mk2 at TDP
  • Nikon patents putting a shutter into a lens adapter tube [EG - Google xlt]
  • 15th Canon keeps the patents coming with a 30-135 f3.5 design (and other variations)[EG - Google xlt]
  • 30-135 f3.5
  • 10th A Canon patent for an EF-M 70-400 f4.5-7.2 [EG - Google xlt]
  • Suggests that EOS-M is not dead yet... ;-)
  • Canon EF-M 70-400 f4.5-7.28th 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

Previous years rumours are archived 2006-2008 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

Canon Digital EOS Timeline

  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
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Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X      
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D Mk IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                
Video                             1D C      
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III      
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D      
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D      
Mid APS-C         300D
Rebel
Kiss Digital
350D
Rebel XT
Kiss N
400D
XTi
Kiss X
450D
XSi
X2
500D
T1i
X3
550D
T2i
X4
600D
T3i
X5
650D
T4i
X6i
700D
T5i
X7i
750/760D
T6i/s
X8i
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7      
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rbl XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70    
Mirrorless APS-C                             M M2 M3

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