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Rumours and News about Canon Lenses and other lens info

For several years I’ve gathered information and links for Canon’s new EF lenses and rumours about new ones. I’ve also written numerous articles and reviews covering lenses and photography related issues.
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New lenses – facts, rumours and speculation

2017 April

29th I’ve just finished a review of the Samyang/Rokinon SP/XP 14mm f/2.4 lens – excellent quality that even pips my EF11-24 F4L in a few respects. A big step up from the Samyang 14mm f2.8 I reviewed a few years ago.

xp14mm fitted to 5Ds

Laowa announce more details of their 7.5mm rectilinear lens for M43 (Keith’s Laowa/Venus reviews]

Anhui China, Apr 28, 2017 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the world’s widest rectilinear f/2 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras, Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT.

The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is currently the widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed for Micro Four Thirds Cameras. It is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 15mm. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimized the weight of the lens to less than 200g (0.44 pounds) and 55mm long. This compact and light lens comprises of 13 elements in 9 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements. This optical design successfully minimizes the distortion and chromatic aberrations to its lowest but at the same time, delivers a superb optical performance from corners to corners.

The extreme 110° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2 aperture allows photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting. The lens is designed with a 46mm filter thread which can gives additional portability for screw-in filters.

Venus Optics also introduce a lightweight version for this lens and controlled the weight to merely 150g. The feather-light weight opens up a new opportunity for photographers and pilots to shoot wider footage with gimbals and drones.

Availability The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics ( and their authorized resellers. It comes with 2 colors, Black and Silver. Recommended Retail Price in US (without tax) is USD 499/pc for standard version and USD 519/pc for Lightweight version. Pricing may vary in different countries.

One to get the collectors drooling – The Canon 300/1.8 lens, as used for horse racing photo finish recording. Lots more pics [PT]

Canon 300mm f/1.8

21st I’m just finishing up some testing of the rather nice Samyang XP 14mm f/2.4 lens and see that before long we should see a USB ‘dock’ device (‘lens station’) for updating firmware [PR]

Samyang USB dock

17th The NAB show in the US should see a CN-E 70-200 cine lens announced.

9th The next EF lens ‘due’ is an 85mm f/1.4L [CR] – no specs or dates other than late Q2/Q3

6th As expected, the Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM is announced [B&H , Adorama]

Full lens details (Specs/Samples/MTF) at the EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM listing at

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 6, 2017 – Compact and lightweight, the new Canon EF-S 35mm f/2.8 Macro IS STM, announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is the widest-angle Macro offering in Canon’s popular EF-S lens series. The new lens is designed to help both entry-level and advanced amateur DSLR photographers discover the incredible possibilities of macro photography. Capable of capturing close-up subjects with incredible detail, Canon’s new EF-S macro lens is also the first in the series to feature built-in Macro Lites that allow users to control lighting with ease.

Meanwhile in the ‘More money than sense?’ category comes the ~$5000 Primagon 24 mm f 2.8 from Meyer-Optik – for mirrorless cameras no less (not until 2018 though) [MLR]

5th A Canon US patent [USPTO] shows how to selectively apply aluminium to diffractive lens elements and massively reduce light scattering.

DO lens coating

Aluminium is deposited onto the diffractive element at an angle, so as to build up a denser layer on the grating walls (blue) than the front surface (yellow). The aluminium layer is then partially oxidised, converting the front surface coating to a transparent layer of alumina (Al2O3), but leaving the denser (and opaque) aluminium in place on the side walls.

Light going (‘the wrong way’) through the grating walls is a major contributor to flare, and in the patent, a test example reduced this by 8 times.

4th A second photo of the Canon 35mm macro appears [Nok]

EF-S 35mm f2.8 macro

3rd EF-S 35mm MacroSpecs for the EF-S 35 mm F 2.8 Macro IS STM lens appear [Nok]

  • Lens construction: 6 groups 10 elements (1x glass moulded aspheric lens)
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (circular diaphragm)
  • Shortest shooting distance: 0.13 m (working distance 3 cm)
  • Maximum magnification: 1:1
  • Image stabilisation: ~4 steps
  • Filter diameter: 49 mm (with lens hood ES-27 installed)
  • Size: 55.8 x 69.2 mm
  • Weight: Approximately 190 g
  • Built-in macro light
  • Hybrid IS
  • Lead screw type STM


31st A new lens to test… I’ve just been sent the new Samyang XP 14mm f/2.4 to try out on my 5Ds. Some first impressions are that it’s very sharp and the distortions are easily controllable – low CA and barrel distortion of a less complex type than the old Samyang 14mm f/2.8 I reviewed a few years ago.

Samyang 14mm f2.4 front element

One quick sample wide open shows that you can get OOF areas at f/2.4… (click to enlarge)

96 degrees coffee

coffee detail

14mm centre view - bokeh

Watch out for internet story inflation as a French story about a visit to Canon’s lens factory runs through multiple languages.

The line that will be picked up is “Without being able to tell you more, we are developing a new technology that will bring real added value and will allow to take a new type of photo.”

Obviously, this is a translation from Japanese to French to English, so could mean just about anything or nothing much…

Here’s the FN story via Google translate that is well worth a read – compare it with the DPReview look round Canon’s ‘L’ lens factory at Utsumomiya and  interview

I did like the cutaway of the Canon 11-24 – which reminded me why I was thinking it was so heavy when using it yesterday ;-)

11-24 cutaway

22nd The upcoming EF-S 35mm f/2.8 M STM could feature built in LED lighting [CR]

One of the new lenses from Nikon this year is said to be an ultra wide or fisheye (reasonable, given how good the Canon EF8-15 and EF11-24 are) [NR]

A quick look at the Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5x – 5x Macro (development sample)

laowa 25mm 2.5-5x macro

Only a test sample, but I got to try it out on my 5Ds – The lens almost doubles in length as you extend it to 5x

This is a development lens so it’s not fair to post any sample images, but as someone using the MP-E65mm for macro work I’m very interested to see how it performs.

So, I suppose in the tradition of some photo web sites, I should trumpet this as a ‘Hands-on review’ – no, probably not… ;-)

Here it is again with the 24mm relay lens at the back, with its waterproof cover and LED light unit

laowa lenses

21st DPR get a look round Canon’s ‘L’ lens factory at Utsumomiya and have an interview to go with it too

My last day talking ay printing at ‘The Photography Show‘ in Birmingham, so a bit more of a chance to  look round at some of the lenses on show…

14th Oh, not a wide angle lens then…  Suggestions [CR] that the new lens is a ‘EF-S 35mm f/2.8 M IS STM’
– no idea yet what the ‘M’ designation means (not quite ‘L’ ?)

11th It seems that Canon is getting a bit more serious with the EF-S mount and announcing a new wide prime lens early in April [CR] – the focal length is not yet known for sure

I’ve still got our 100D (Karen loves the size) and I’ve always found its lack of small wide lens a disincentive to take it with me more often – the EF-S 10-18mm [review] is a fairly good lens, but an 8mm or even 10mm would be a good option for the Canon crop sensor cameras – it was lack of wide angle lenses that made me pick the full frame 1Ds when I seriously switched to digital back in 2004.

In Nikon land, there are (very) vague suggestions that this year will see 5 new lenses [NR]

7th A few more for that CPS exclusion list: Extender EF1.4x II, Extender EF2x II, Battery Grip BG-E2

6th Having just spent a while testing and writing up my Sigma 12-24mm f4 review, I was interested to see the new DxOMark review of the lens.

I’m sure some people lap this sort of stuff up, but apart from technical curiosity, it left me stone cold – no feel for what the lens was really like at all. I’m hoping to expand our lens reviews this year and they will be in the style of the Sigma one… there are more than enough lifeless tables of data already so I’ll not be adding to them ;-)

A message from CPS Europe notes three items removed from CPS coverage, due to being classed ‘no longer serviceable’ – Ah, time to take care with my 70-200 then

  • EOS 50D
  • EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM

An interesting video shot with the unusual Laowa 24mm macro relay lens – it seems it comes with a waterproof cover that incorporates LED lighting (all Laowa new CP+ products)

3rd It’s suggested that Sigma will announce a 70-200 f/2.8 DG OS Sport lens this year [CR]

More CP+ interviews – one from Sony concentrating on lens design [IR]

2nd The Irix 11mm f4 lens has been announced [Irix 11mm f4]. It will be on show (and on sale) at ‘The Photography Show’ in the UK 18th-21st March.

I’ll be at the show all four days, since I’m at the Innova stand giving a series of talks about making large prints.


28th Hasselblad announce a 120mm lens for the X1D and mention three others  for later this year – info on our medium format page

There is a set of 50MP sample (pre-production lens) Sigma 14/1.8 images available at DPR

Mention of a new 135mm Zeiss Batis for next week [PR]

27th It’s interview time for the CP+ show and there is an interesting Sigma one at DPR

Having just spent some time with my Sigma 12-24mm review I’d agree with this…

– You’ve told me previously that you really want Sigma to make more wideangle lenses. Do you think you’re achieving that goal with the 12-24mm and new 14mm?
Yes, but I’m still not satisfied. I think we need to make more wide-angle lenses. A fast 14mm was one of the lenses that our customers were asking for. Most existing 14mm lenses are F2.8, so F1.8 was a challenge.
The new Sigma 14mm F1.8 is the fastest lens of its kind, and according to Sigma, should outperform competitive, slower designs from other manufacturers.
– What have you learned, from making the Art series?
We’ve learned that some customers require exceptional lens performance. We believe that our mission is to make products that other manufacturers don’t have. If we just released similarly-specified lenses to existing models, we wouldn’t be contributing to the industry, or benefiting customers. So our Art series is meant to provide the best performance.
They’re bulky and heavy, it’s true, but our customers like them because of the performance. That’s what we learned.

I eagerly await Sigma’s first wide tilt/shift lens ;-)

26th The CP+ show is running in Japan, and amongst the products on display are a range of new lenses from Laowa (Venus lens). A 25mm 2.5-5x macro, 15/2.8 Sony FE, 24mm relay lens, tilt and shift converters and a 7.5mm f2 MFT lens.

A relatively small company, Laowa are asking for feedback about what people would like to see – More details and photos are on our news/blog page (part of the updated site structure).

They make some interesting stuff that I’ve really enjoyed testing, to the extent that Karen uses their dual head macro flash for many of her jewellery photos.

For those of you super keen to sign up to hear about the new Sigma lenses, B&H have a pre-pre order notification service – yes it’s for real

25th A new m4/3 lens catalogue (multiple manufacturers) [PDF] shows just how far the range has come – well worth a browse if you like lenses…

21st Sigma announce 4 new lenses as expected – full details are in a news post (part of my changes to how the site is organised – hopefully making things easier to find)

I’ve also published a lengthy review of the Sigma 12-24mm f4 DG Art lens – at the wide end it definitely gives my Canon EF11-24 F4L a run for its money.

18th A suggestion that we’re about to see several lenses from Sigma [Nok]

  • 135mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
  • 14mm F1.8 DG HSM | Art
  • 24-70 mm F 2.8 DG OS HSM | Art
  • 100-400 mm F5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM | Contemporary

Mount: Canon · Nikon · Sigma

17th Irix have info about their 11mm f/4 lens [Irix] – definitely one to try…

15th efs18_55_f4_56 is stm sizeAs expected, Canon announce a new (smaller – see right) version of their EF-S18-55mm kit lens

The new Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is nearly 20 percent smaller than the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, without sacrificing image quality. Features of the lens include:

Compact-size, Standard Zoom Lens with High Image Quality
Lead Screw-type STM
Image Stabilization at up to 45 Stops of Shake Correction
Stylish Design
The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens is scheduled to be available in early April 2017 for an estimated retail price of $249.99**.

For more information please visit,

Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size APS-C / DX
Focal length 18–55 mm
Lens mount Canon EF-S
Maximum aperture F4–5.6
Aperture ring No
Elements 12
Groups 10
Minimum focus 0.25 m (9.84″)
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Stepper motor
Full time manual Yes
Distance scale No
DoF scale No
Weight 215 g (0.47 lb)
Diameter 67 mm (2.64″)
Length 62 mm (2.44″)
Sealing No
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Filter thread 58.0 mm

12th Next up for testing is the Sigma 12-24 F4 DG, which Sigma UK have kindly lent me to try out. Whilst I won’t be doing detailed technical comparisons with the rather more expensive Canon 11-24 F4L (review), the similarities in size and weight are obvious.

ultra wide zooms

EF-S 18-55-is-4-56

8th The latest version of EF-S 18-55mm lens drops from f/3.5 to f/4 at the (not very) wide end.

Should be announced soon along with the 750/760D replacements.

Lens construction: 12 elements in 10 groups
Shortest shooting distance: 0.25 m
Filter diameter: 58 mm
Size: 66.5 x 61.8 mm
Weight: 215 g

FYI, the Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM weighs 205g and is 65mm x 75.2mm (58mm filter)

Looks like I get to add another 18-55 to our page telling the different versions apart

7th I’ve been having a look at using the Samyang (Rokinon) 12mm f/2.8 fisheye lens and have written up a review of using it on my 5Ds.

Mainly about using the lens (so no MTF charts) including how its stereographic projection geometry differs from most other fisheye lenses.


Two new Tamron lenses announced…

SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025)

February 6, 2017, Commack, NY – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 (Model A025), a new telephoto zoom lens product for full-frame and APS-C DSLR cameras. Model A025 was developed by substantially enhancing the features of its predecessor. These include a thorough review of the optical, mechanical and electronic designs to increase autofocus speed and precision, reinforce VC (Vibration Compensation) functions and to shorten the MOD. New features include eBAND Coating, Moisture-Proof and Dust-Resistant Construction, Fluorine Coating and compatibility with teleconverters. The lens design features a metal-based barrel for improved handling and ease-of-use. The result of this dramatic evolution is Model A025, a high-speed telephoto lens that widens the scope of expression for photography in a broad range of genres, such as portraits, landscapes, sports and photojournalism. The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. in March at $1299.

tamron 70-200 g2

10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023)

February 6, 2017, Commack, NY – Tamron, a leading manufacturer of optics for diverse applications, announces the launch of 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD (Model B023), a new ultra-wideangle zoom lens for APS-C DSLR cameras. The lens is expected to be available in the U.S. this Spring at $499.

Model B023 is a wideangle zoom lens that covers an exceptionally large range—the largest focal length range in its class1 (35mm equivalent is 16mm to 37mm). The lens is ideal for street photography, landscapes, group photos and casual everyday scenes. In 2008, Tamron launched the SP AF 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B001) that provided an unprecedented focal length range in its class. Building on that lens’s popularity, the successor Model B023 has improved optical performance and new features. It embodies Tamron’s most advanced technologies, including the VC (Vibration Compensation) system, Moisture-Resistant Construction and Fluorine Coating, and the first implementation of Tamron’s new HLD (High/Low torque modulated Drive). Additionally, the Model B023 has a refreshing new design derived from the design of the new product lineup in the SP series.

tamron 10-24

Lens specs

Tamron SP 70-200mm 2.8 Di VC USD G2 Tamron 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di II VC HLD
Principal specifications
Lens type Zoom lens
Max Format size 35mm FF APS-C / DX
Focal length 70–200mm 10–24mm
Image stabilization Yes (5 stops) Yes (4 stops)
Lens mount Canon EF, Nikon F (FX) Canon EF-S, Nikon F (DX)
Maximum aperture F2.8–22 F3.5–22
Minimum aperture F2.8–22 F4.5–29
Aperture ring No
Number of diaphragm blades 9 7
Elements 23 16
Groups 17 11
Special elements / coatings eBAND and fluorine coatings
XLD, LD elements
Broad-band Anti-reflection & fluorine coatings
LD, XLD, aspherical, and hybrid aspherical elements.
Minimum focus 0.95m (37.4″) 0.24m (9.45″)
Maximum magnification 0.16× 0.19×
Autofocus Yes
Motor type Ring-type ultrasonic
Full time manual Yes
Focus method Internal
Distance scale Yes No
DoF scale No
Focus distance limiter Yes
Weight 1500g (3.31lb) 440g (0.97lb)
Diameter 88mm (3.46″) 84mm (3.29″)
Length 194mm (7.63″) 85mm (3.33″)
Sealing Yes
Colour Black
Zoom method Rotary (extending)
Power zoom No
Zoom lock Yes No
Filter thread 77.0mm
Hood supplied Yes
Tripod collar Yes No

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3rd The Sigma 85/1.4 Art lens gets impressive test scores [DxO]

With the new site, I’m going to be looking at more lenses, and the Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art is one I’m looking forward to trying, especially since I have the Canon 11-24 f4L
I’m going to be concentrating on actually using more unusual lenses, since there are technical lens review sites aplenty for the ‘standard’ stuff or for people who pore over tables and graphs ;-)

2nd There is a new 70-300 on the way from Tamron – SP 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD [nok]

tamron 70-300


31st Canon has been working on diffractive elements for lenses for several years, and a recent US patent [USP] shows some aspects of creating them with two clear resins of different optical properties.
A mould has the diffractive pattern, and creates the first part of the diffractive element in conjunction with one surface of a normal glass lens.

lens diffractive element

A second lens element and a different resin produces the second part.

Lots more detail in the patent, but as with patents, don’t expect an easy read ;-)

The good old EF 50/1.4 gets another mention [CR] for a ‘late this year’ update (hey, it’s only a 1993 lens, so no rush…)

27th Reports of a new EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II on the way at some point in the future… [CR]

It will …incorporate new processes and technologies.” [see below ;-) ]

24th An interesting selection of points sent to us (thanks) from a source in the Far East, said to be from part of a Canon PP presentation

  • EF lens mount 3oth anniversary – over 120 million lenses
  • Not all done – new challenges!
  • Smarter lenses work with still and video cameras
  • Premium lenses to support 100+MP sensors and beyond
  • Current premium lenses still have too much hand assembly and testing
  • Canon developed optical and mechanical design software
  • Developments in new glass manufacturing to reduce lead time and supply constraints

Not sure it actually says much new, but I’ve asked for some pictures…

21st In the GFX release info there were some interesting accessories listed. What caught my attention was the adapter for view cameras.

View Camera Adapter G – allows the GFX 50S to be used as a digital back. The view camera adapter allows the GFX 50S to be mounted to the standard universal-type back of a view camera. This allows the use of FUJINON large format camera lenses, such as the CM-W FUJINON lens series. The camera or lens shutter can be triggered, allowing the user to choose the optimum method. The large image circle and the bellows of the view camera can be used with tilt, shift and swing movements, effective for product and architectural photography.
*There may be instances in which the adapter cannot be mounted depending on the shape of the view camera.

Here’s my version – a $15 Canon view camera adapter

canon view camera adapter

What Canon Lenses to expect this year? At the moment, I’ve not seen (nor been sent) anything that fall into the ‘imminent’ (and therefore much more believable) category.
Current suggestions:

  • A ‘Different’ type of 135mm [CR] This could of course be related to Canon’s 135mm lens patent from December [now on the 2016 lens info archive page]
  • A small (EF-S?) prime [CR]
  • Yet another version of the EF-S18-55mm is always a possibility with the 750D/760D replacements.

9th A new EF 135/2 L IS is suggested for later this year [CR] – after any EF 85/1.4 L IS

A detailed Canon patent [USPTO] describes a tilt/shift lens adapter, such as for EF to EF-M mount, where the difference in flange distance allows for the mechanism to add tilt and shift ability.

adapter construction

It’s interesting to note that this is a ‘smart’ tilt/shift mechanism which reports the settings back to the camera.
As such it could find use in a normal TS-E lens, allowing (finally) for tilt and shift info to be stored in EXIF data.

tilt shift adapter electronics

The block diagram suggests that the movements could be under camera control
Knowing the image circle size of the lens and the sensor size allows the camera to work out just how much shift is available (and display this on the camera in various ways).

match image circle to sensor

Here’s the adapter showing lens tilt

tilted lens example

…and here it is showing lens shift.

shifted lens example

An interesting patent, not only for use with an adapter (and any size sensor), but also allowing for a considerable jump in TS-E lens complexity (AF for example).

BTW If you are not familiar with T/S lenses, I’ve written quite a few articles – just look for ’tilt/shift’ in the article categories list at the right.

7th A suggestion that Sigma will shortly bring out a 24-70mm f/2.8 OS Art lens [CR]

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