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.
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.
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New lenses? Facts & Rumours
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.
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'
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]
FYI: I've set up a LinkedIn group (~6000 members) for people interested in all aspects of Digital Black and White photography: Digital Black and White
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9th Hints of a (very reasonable) price for the Sigma 50/1.4 at just over $1k [PR]
Some views of Canon's $33k 17-120 T2.9 cine lens [PB]
The Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Sony E mount (FF) lens will go for $800 [SAR]
The Sigma review below is updated to compare with the Zeiss Otus and the comparisons are good
"The Sigma 50mm ƒ/1.4 Art is the most exciting lens we're likely to review this year. All competing lenses from Canon and Nikon fell short when compared to the resolving power of the 50mm Art. Compared to the mighty Zeiss 55mm ƒ/1.4 Otus, the Sigma holds its own, displaying nearly identical results"
6th A test of the Sigma 50/1.4 [SLG] suggests that it trounces anything other than the Zeiss Otus 55mm
31st Several Canon lens patents 50/85/100 appear [EG-xlt] - updates to some older primes?
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]
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... ;-)
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.
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.
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.1pt.2]
There's also one about the Canon 8-15 fisheye I found interesting to look through, even having regularly used the lens since it first came out [EF8-15 review]
27th After a flurry of lens patents, Canon show a domed (i.e. not flat) aperture device for lenses [EG-xlt] If you've ever taken apart an aperture unit (the iris mechanism) you'll see flat blades. In compact lenses, this means an air gap between elements big enough for the plane of the blades. Domed bladed let you place the aperture between two curved elements in a whole new way, giving new flexibility in lens design
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.
22nd More Canon lens patents [EG-xlt] This time with IS for medium telephoto lenses.
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)
21st A range of Canon Patents for EF-M wide zooms [EG-xlt]
13th At last - Canon patents a lens microadjustment automation process [EG-xlt] Combining contrast detect AF and Phase AF should allow a relatively simple adjustment process.
It's hardly difficult as it is (IMHO) but lots of emails and visits to our AF microadjustment page suggest otherwise ;-)
Meanwhile... I've been testing our new 100D with a few different lenses
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).
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.
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.
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]