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2012 December

23rd Two new lenses for early January (8th)? [CR]
Both long expected in rumourland, the 35/1.4 L II and a 14-24 2.8L
20th More Canon patents at Egami [Google xlt] – how about an 800mm f5.6 Diffractive Optics 1:1 macro lens?
800/5.6 macro DO patent for lens

Also includes:

400mm f/4 DO Macro 2:1
600mm f/4 DO Macro 1:1
400mm f/4 DO Macro 1:1.4

Any such lens has a lot of moving parts for focusing, neither fast nor cheap ;-)

Suggestions that there may be a 24-70 2.8 L IS lens in a year or two [CR]
Meanwhile there is a 42-105 seen on an unidentified camera in a German Canon brochure – main rumours page

42mm – I though we had the only fake 42mm at the top of this page ;-)

16th New 50mm f1.2 lens in a collection of designs in a Canon patent [Egami – Google xlt]

50mm lens f1.2 - optical design

The patent also includes a 50/2 design for a full frame mirrorless (22 mm backfocus [BF] distance).
The text suggests the likelihood of a full frame mirrorless – this is not easy to read – please do let me know if you can make sense of it?
The design is different to the current EF50 f/1.2L (from 2006)
Meanwhile – there are lots of 400mm lenses predicted for next year.
EF 400 f/5.6L IS
EF 400 f/4L IS
EF 100-400 f/4-5.6L IS
EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x [CR]

OK, the 200-400 actually exisits, but the others have been regularly predicted for years ;-)

14th Suggestions of the long awaited Canon 14-24 zoom, by the end of next year at CR

big lens13th Some experiments (right) with more big lenses from my junk box ;-)
12th As part of Canon’s revamp of their prime lens range, expect a replacement for the (1993) 50/1.4, with added image stabilisation next year.

The existing 50/1.4 is actually not a bad lens, and at f/1.4 any replacement would be Canon’s fastest IS lens. I have one I use for panoramic shots – the giant 14m long 20GB print I created earlier this year was captured using the 50/1.4. 
I had thought it more likely that the (1990) 50/1.8 II would get the new prime treatment first, but that’s really a lens built to a price and the f/1.4 market might better take the likely price increase.

7th I’m told [thanks] that the two remaining TS-E lenses are slated for replacement next year (TS-E45 and TS-E90 both from 1991), with the fully adjustable movements seen in the TS-E17 and TS-E24, along with bigger image circles and improved performance.

That been expected for a while, but what was also mentioned was that there is a 5th ‘special’ lens with movements that would be announced at the same time.This lens would be in the same ‘because we can’ category as the EF8-15 and the unique MP-E65 (a 1999 lens – collected info at EFlens).

As someone who makes extensive use of these lenses, I’m keen to see what Canon can do to the 90mm, which is already of extremely high quality. I don’t have the 45mm, and was toying with getting a copy (there is a good 2nd hand market for TS-E lenses – people buy them and then perhaps never learn to really understand how they can be of such use). I may still get the 45mm, since even if a new one gets announced next year, recent new lens shipping delays suggests that I wouldn’t see anything in my hand until maybe 2014. As to the ‘special’ lens, I’m not sure – the 17mm was only ever mentioned briefly to me, in this cryptic manner, the year before it came out. Since the 17mm has become one of the key lenses in my lineup for architectural use, I’m more than curious as to what might appear…

There are suggestions of new lightweight long lenses on the way [CR] and that the built in 1.4TC may become more widespread.


23rd Samyang’s 24mm T/S lens won’t be here until next March [PR]
22nd It seems that initial tests of the Sigma 35/1.4 are impressive [LR]
New EF-S lenses next year? [CR]

19th Sample images for the new 24-70/ and 35/2 lenses at Canon [24-70 and 35mm]
Some patents for Canon small sensor lenses 14-28mm f/1.4-2.4 and 12-28mm f/2-3.2 [EG]
15th After yesterday’s mention of the 200-400 delays, I’ve heard from a couple of people who used the lens at the Olympics and Wimbledon [thanks], unfortunately they just said how well it worked, and how they really wanted to add one to their day to day equipment.
Whatever the issues might be, they didn’t notice.

Has anyone trying the 200-400 over the summer noticed any potential issues, maybe with the extender?

More info on the EF200-400 page

14th Where is that 200-400 lens…
…suggestions [CR] that unforseen design/manufacturing issues have hit the product.

6th Lenses officially announced:
United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 6 November 2012 – Canon today adds to its world-famous EF lens series with the launch of two models designed for enthusiasts and professionals – the EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM. Offering first-class optical technologies alongside highly compact designs, the new lenses are perfect for a range of creative purposes, including reportage, landscape, portrait, and travel photography.
Ideal for use alongside DSLRs like the new EOS 6D, both new lenses utilise the latest Canon technologies to consistently deliver superb results. Both include aspherical lenses and Super Spectra Coatings optimised for each individual element, Canon’s industry-leading Image Stabilizer (IS) technology and Ultrasonic Motors for superfast Auto Focus (AF) – providing outstanding optical performance. The
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is also the latest lens to feature Hybrid IS, delivering shake-free shots at any distance, including at macro focal lengths.
EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM – high performance, high flexibility, Hybrid IS
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM is the latest addition to Canon’s elite L-series, and expands the range of standard zoom EF lenses available for both professional and amateur photographers. Ideal for reportage and wedding photography, it combines an essential everyday focal range with a premium quality L-series construction, delivering consistently sharp, professional-quality stills in a range of different situations. A new macro function also optimises the placement of lens groups during macro photography, allowing shooting at a maximum magnification of 0.7x – reducing the need for photographers to carry a dedicated macro lens.
Its first-class optical system includes two aspherical elements alongside two Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) lenses, each with optimised Super Spectra Coatings to minimise chromatic aberration, colour blurring and flare. A constant f/4 aperture throughout the zoom range provides photographers with exceptional creative control, allowing blurring of the background of a scene at all focal lengths. A nine-blade circular iris also assists photographers in making their subjects stand out, delivering beautiful out of focus highlights (bokeh) in the background blur to add atmosphere to a shot.
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM also features a newly designed IS system, delivering blur-free images throughout the zoom range. Canon’s advanced optical IS offers a 4-stop light advantage, while Hybrid IS effectively compensates for angular and shift shake during macro shooting for stable close ups.
Superfast AF performance is provided by a small, ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM). Working in combination with a high-performance CPU and advanced AF algorithms, USM technology enables accurate, silent and ultra-responsive autofocusing. Full-time manual focusing also ensures adjustments can be made even when AF is engaged.
The EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM features a high grade, usability-focused design – both inside and out. The exterior features a high quality leather-texture coating, a revised shape ensures ease-of-use, and the focusing and zoom rings have been designed for optimal operation. Additionally, a dust and drip-proof construction is resistant to dust and moisture, a lock function protects lenses from knocks when travelling, while fluorine coating minimises the amount of dust, dirt and fingerprints that adhere to the front and rear lenses – helping to maintain superior image quality and reduce the need for cleaning.

EF 35mm f/2 IS USM – take a wider look at the world
The new EF 35mm f/2 IS USM is designed to offer outstanding flexibility – allowing photographers to capture an even broader range of scenes and subjects in wide-angle. The lens is Canon’s first-ever 35mm prime to feature optical Image Stabilizer technology, which combines with high quality optics to offer outstanding performance from a lightweight, compact body. The 35mm focal length also provides the ability to capture everything from close-up portraits to wide-angle landscapes, making it an ideal companion for travel or general reportage photography.
Its advanced specification offers photographers great flexibility to shoot a wider-range of scenes and subjects. A bright, fixed f/2 aperture also allows photographers to employ a shallow depth of field, and optical IS offers users a 4-stop light advantage, allowing the capture of blur-free images in low light conditions when shooting handheld. Intelligent detection of panning motion is also supported, with Panning IS mode automatically engaged to enable photographers to capture movement with greater accuracy.
Designed to deliver exceptional image quality, the EF 35mm f/2 IS USM features an aspherical glass-moulded (GMo) element positioned at the rear of the optical path to correct aberration for the entire optical system. Additionally, each individual element features optimised Super Spectra coatings to reduce ghosting and flare – ensuring excellent colour balance with minimal need for post processing. A combination of a ring-type USM and high performance CPU also provides rapid AF performance, with full-time manual focus also available for users who want to retain maximum control.
New lens caps – designed for greater ease and convenience
Both new lenses also come with newly-designed Mark II lens caps, which incorporate a hook mechanism in the centre of the cover, as opposed to the sides. Simply pinching the hook allows users to quickly remove and replace caps mid-shoot, especially when using lens hoods. The re-designed lens caps will start to be rolled out across Canon’s entire EF lens range from the beginning of January 2013, and will also be available to buy separately.
5th Two new lenses appear in Japan [DCI]
EF 24-70 f4 L IS and EF 35 f2 IS (as noted Oct 23rd)
5th Two new lenses appear in Japan [DCI]
EF 24-70 f4 L IS and EF 35 f2 IS (as noted Oct 23rd)

EF 24-70 f4 L IS35mm f2 is

15 elements in 12 groups2 aspherical lenses2 UD lenses9-blade circular aperture


Full-time manual focus

Can switch to macro mode at the telephoto end

0.2m minimum focusing distance, 0.7 times the maximum magnification

Hybrid IS Image Stabilizer

77mm filter size

600g weight, 93mm length, 83.4mm in diameter

Due December 2012

10 elements in 8 groupslens structure includes glass-molded aspherical lens8-blade circular aperture4 stop IS

AF motor ring USM, full-time manual focus

67mm filter size

335g weight, 62.6mm length, 77.9mm in diameter

Due December 2012

3rd Along with a Canon Pro-1 printer, I’ve been lent the new EF40mm for a try (with a 7D and my 1Ds3) – I’m curious as to what people see 40mm as a good focal length for? (64mm equiv on 7D).

Here it is compared to the 50/1.4

ef40/2.8 compared to EF50/1.4


23rd Canon’s ‘new 35/2’…
Whilst perusing various Canon adverts I noticed one from Canon UK saying:
‘Canon EF Lenses Range – Expand your creativity with our new EF35mm f/2.0 lens’
Given that the only 35/2 dates from 1990, then either the copy writers have only just been let into the lens store room, or we may be getting an updated 35/2 ;-)
On further checking I see a similar ad for the ‘new’ EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM (2001 release).
Meanwhile at CR, they wonder about a new 135/2

Some time ago I wrote a detailed article about tilt lenses and how to focus them. I’ve just finished a second article showing a simple iterative approach to focus with tilted lenses, that works well in the studio. Whilst I use the tables from the first article for my architectural and interior work, the iterative aproach can be quick and easy with a well lit subject.

22nd Suggestion that a new lighter 800/5.6 IS is in development [CR]
19th Canon UK announce a ‘winter’ cashback scheme for various printers/lenses/cameras
– includes a wide range of lenses.
8th Looking for the 200-400? Even though not formally announced, it looks as if it’s going to go for around 10,200 euros.
How so? If you look at some sites, you’ll find various bundle deals [FK] 1DX + 500/4 is 16498 whilst 1D X + 200-400 comes to 16668
6th I’ve taken over the editing of the web site and will be expanding it to collect all the assorted EF lens information I find. I’d like to develop it into a really useful resource for Canon EF lens mount users. If anyone has any suggestions, or would like to contribute, please let me know.
Oh and it will be rumour free ;-)
2nd Could the less than spectacular EF-S 18-200 f/3.5-5.6 IS get the STM treatment and an update next year? [CR]


30th US Canon Lens rebates extended – these are links to prices at B&H

Canon Lenses Rebate Amount
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM $150.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM $100.00
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM $100.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM $170.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM $100.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM $120.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM $150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM $300.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM $200.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM $170.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM $200.00
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift $200.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM $50.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM $150.00
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift $200.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM $60.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM $150.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM $180.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM $40.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM $60.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM $200.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM $50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro $50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro $120.00
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro $150.00
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender $40.00
Canon EF 2x III Extender $40.00
Canon Speedlites Rebate Amount
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT $50.00
Canon Speedlite 430EX II $30.00
Canon Speedlite 270EX II $15.00
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX $60.00
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX $45.00

26th Some new f/4 long lenses mentioned at CR 
Sigma usb lens dock25th Whilst Sigma announce a nifty USB connected lens mount/dock [PP] for adjusting and updating their lenses, it seems that if you are in Europe and want your Tokina lens corrected/adjusted, you’re out of luck?
You are likely to be sent a replacement lens, since the requisite equipment isn’t apparently available outside of Japan.
20th Zeiss announce a series of lenses aimed at very high resolution (>30MP) full frame sensors [Z] Available in Nikon mount (D800) and Canon mount (?D)
12th Tests show that the new EF24-70 is exceedingly sharp
11th The new 24-70 is shipping in Austria.
4th Sightings of a 24mm f/3.5 tilt/shift lens from Samyang [PR] +-12mm of shift if the picture is accurate.
2nd Despite suggestions that the 24-70 II was delayed, some have appeared in Australia – more expected within a few weeks [CR]
We also hear of a possible new 400/5.6 L appearing before photokina.


31st Two new lenses spotted by Egami: 28-135mm f/4-5.6 and a 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6
The patent addresses issues of lowering chromatic aberration [EG]

30th In a continuation of their ‘preview’ policy, Canon also mentioned two new cine lenses yesterday, the 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2 EF

canon 14mm and 135mm cine lenses

Likely to be in the $5-6k price range, but who knows when…
29th Two new Cinema Zoom Lenses: CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L.

“…The latest of these Canon products, two new compact and lightweight cinema zoom lenses available in both EF- and PL-mount versions, were first announced at NAB 2012 and have now been officially added to the Canon Cinema EOS product line. Designated as the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S/SP wide-angle cinema zoom lens and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S/SP telephoto cinema zoom lens, both are engineered to deliver exceptional optical performance for the latest large-format single-sensor 4K and 2K digital cinematography cameras. Both lenses feature a compact, lightweight design to facilitate handheld and SteadicamTM shooting while also covering a wide range of focal lengths…”

From Canon US
More on the EOS Video page
We’re hearing that shipping of the new 24-70 II is now being pushed back to October (comment via a Canon source elsewhere in Europe)
14mm f2.8 lens designPatent for a new anti reflection/ghosting coating [EG]
Example shows 14mm/2.8 – looks like a development of Canon’s SWC coating (colour image).
new anti reflection and ghosting coating

swc coating for lenses
24th Patent for a new EF 300 f/4L IS II [EG]
21st New firmware for the EF40 pancake lens is available.
16th In a classic bit of rumorology* there is a suggestion that the EF16-35 II is due for update, maybe by the end of this year [POTN]

The suggestion is that:

FD -> new FD = 6.2 years
new FD -> EF = 5.5 years
EF -> EF USM = 6.5 years
17-35 -> 16-35 = 5.7 years
16-35 -> 16-35 II = 5.3 years

As of today (August 2012) we are 5.4 years from the release of the 16-35L II

There’s even a spreadsheet to compare prices.

*Note that sometimes such rumourology works, as in predicting the 1Ds mk3, whilst other times it doesn’t, such as in predicting the 1Ds mk4

8th There is a service advisory for the EF40/2.8 lens

It has been confirmed that the autofocusing function of the EF40mm f/2.8 STM lens, which was released in June 2012, may not operate correctly.

The details of this phenomenon are described below.

Affected Product: EF40mm f/2.8 STM

Phenomenon: If pressure is applied to the lens barrel while the lens is mounted to the camera (pressure can be applied even while attaching the lens cap or while carrying the camera with the lens attached in a bag), the autofocusing function of the lens may stop working.

*This phenomenon does not occur during normal shooting.

*This phenomenon does not result in a malfunction of the lens.

Workaround: When the above phenomenon occurs, detach and reattach the lens, or remove and reinsert the camera battery to restore the operations.

Market Support: The firmware to address this phenomenon will be available for download in late August, 2012. Once this firmware is ready, we will make an announcement on our Web site.

3rd Canon has issued a firmware update for the Canon EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF600mm f/4L IS II USM lenses.

Firmware Version 1.1.1 is for lenses with Firmware Version 1.0.0. If the lens’ firmware is already Version 1.1.1, it is not necessary to update the firmware. The serial numbers (10 digits) of the lenses equipped with Firmware Version 1.0.0 are as follows:

EF300mm f/2.8L IS II US
The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx).

EF400mm f/2.8L IS II US
The third digit in the serial number is either 0, 1, 2, or 3 (xx0xxxxxxx, xx1xxxxxxx, xx2xxxxxxx, xx3xxxxxxx).

EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).

EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
The third digit in the serial number is 0 (xx0xxxxxxx).

Lenses with serial numbers other than those listed above are equipped with Firmware Version 1.1.1 or later.

Check with local Canon service centres for more info
2nd A picture of a 135/1.8 IS is doing the rounds – if real then Canon seem to have slightly misprinted the info around the top of the lens ;-)
From a Xitek forum thread
Canon 135mm f/1.8 IS lens - maybe
The 135/2 dates from 1996 and has often been mentioned as due for update.
The new 28/2.8 is reviewed at PB


29th New lenses on the way?
The 400/5.6 is widely unavailable (a 1993 lens), whilst that long awaited 100-400 (1998 lens) replacement is getting mentioned a lot in the rumour-go-round. If you add it in that the 200-400 has still not been formally announced (there are lots of them on loan at the olympics), you get quite a few to pick from for Photokina.
Of more personal interest to myself is the suggestion (thanks) that new versions of the TS-E45 and TS-E90 are due during next year, along with another new ‘specialist’ lens.

I use the TS-E90 quite a lot. It’s extremely sharp, but would benefit from the new movements mechanism of the TS-E17/24 II (you can modify the 90mm yourself with care). I’d like to see a design that offers a few more degrees of tilt. I sometimes use the exisiting one with extension tubes, so good close-up performance would be nice. It would be nice if tilt/shift info was encoded in EXIF data, but that would make for a much more complex mechanism.

As to what the ‘specialist lens’ was, I could get no more info other than it was said to be something no-one else did (which I suspect is the entirety of this particular rumour for the moment)

25th Better view of the EF-EF-M adapter

canon ef to ef-m lens adapter

21st A new EF-M 18-55mm IS lens is sighted for the EOS M due next week.
20th The new 22mm f/2 STM EF-M lens is seen on the front of the new Canon mirrorless EOS camera.
Canon EOS mirroeless with EF-M 22/2 lens
17th If you’re a CPS member covering the Olympics, then I’m told that for the 200-400 1.4x, there are several loan lenses available to try out…
More new 50mm talk at [CR]
14th More patents from Egami [Google xlt] with a 135mm and 180mm that include what appear to be electronically deformable liquid optics? In this case it’s aimed at apodization and improving bokeh. Novel stuff (probably) but shows the difficulty of trying to translate Japanese patents.

electrically deformable liquid optics

13th Seems I forgot the length of the current 800mm which is also 46cm long – so perhaps not the £15k price ticket or 4.5kg weight.

There must be some reason Canon are sticking with DO…

12th Those nice people at Egami [Google xlt] have found more Canon lens patents – this time Diffractive Optics based 600mm f/5.6 and 800mm f/5.6 lenses (17 elements in 10 groups)
It’s been a while since Canon dabbled in the green ring DO lenses – the 800mm would only be 46cm long. Just that (sometimes) annoying flare to fix.
8th The IS version of the 24-70 just won’t go away (it’s been rumoured for years) and now we have a Canon patent [CW]

Given the cost (and delays) for the new non-IS version, I do wonder about when we might see another new version (and at what cost)

5th Seems that the new 24-70 is being delayed, maybe until September [CR]
3rd The 200-400 is very close to release, with it being seen in use for the tennis at Wimbledon.
Thanks for the image ;-) Full res pic on Google+

200-400 at Wimbledon

200-400 detail

Canon are extending instant rebates in the US to July 28th. Big range of camera/flash/lens combinations – See a full list at B&H
2nd Another Canon patent [CW] this time for a replacement for the 35/1.4
This one has ben expected for a few years (ever since the 14mm and 24mm were updated)
35mm lens design


30th Quick reviews of the new Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS lenses [LR]
22nd Test of MTF for the new 40mm – surprisingly good [LR]
19th A response to Nikon’s 14-24 lens has been rumoured for several years now, indeed in 2010 we were told that it wouldn’t be until after the 24-70 was updated.
With the 24-70 finally on its way (without IS) a patent for a 14-24 has surfaced [CR]
Canon 14-24 2.8L optical design
8th More details about the two new lenses on the 650D page now they are official

7th More pancake info [CR] – it’s an STM or ‘silent motor’ drive – apparently good if you do video…

40mm f/2.8, Construction: 4 groups 6 elements,Closest focusing distance: 0.3m

Maximum magnification ratio: 0.18x, Filter diameter: 52mm. Maximum diam: 68.2mm

Length: 22.8mm. Weight: ~130g, Lens Hood: ES-52 (Not Incl.)

lens MTF charts

Some comparisons of Lens MTF (usual Canon ‘computed’ values)
What does this actually show? Well it looks a fairly good lens, and aberrations look relatively uncomplicated (so easier to fix in software).

I still wonder about the usefulness of a 64mm (equiv.) lens on a crop body?…

ef40 f/2.86th Looks as if the 650D is close, and there will be an EF40/2.8 at the same time [CPW]


31st Interesting review of the Nanoha 5X Lens – a super macro for mirrorless cameras
25th The new 500 and 600 are available for preorder in the US

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II at B&H for $10,499

Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at B&H for $12,999

Canon EF 500 f/4L IS II at Adorama for $10,499

Canon EF 600 f/4L IS II at Adorama for $12,999

23rd More diffractive optics patents from Canon at Egami [Google xlt] 600 f/4 DO IS & 400 f/2.8 DO IS
Meanwhile an EF mount 40mm ‘pancake’ lens is suggested for June [CR]
19th Fancy a rather different approach to Lens design?
The other day I heard about a new device:

“…for all SLR and DSLR cameras, called the Lynny Lens System. It’s a creative, artistic, selective focusing camera lens similar to the Lensbaby Muse as far as the resulting photographs, but the build is different. Also the effects are way better in my opinion and offer more “artistic effects”. The way it works is you push and pull the lens to and from the camera, and tilt the lens around to control where the blur is in the photo, just like the Lensbaby Muse and the original Lensbaby, right? But the difference is the Lynny is made from just an extension tube, and macro filters”

There is a kickstarter project for this if you’re interested. Perhaps it won’t quite replace my Canon TS-E lenses, but could be fun. If you back the project with different amounts, there are a range of potential benefits, for just a few dollars. BTW I’ve no connection with this – just thought it sounded interesting.
16th Canon EF 200 f/2L IS & EF 800 f/5.6L IS Service advisory with 5D Mk3
“We have confirmed that when the EF200mm f/2L IS USM and some units of the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM lenses are used with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera, the Lenses may emit an abnormal noise.

If either of the lenses is attached to the camera with the Image Stabilizer switch on the lenses set to ON, the Image Stabilizer will synchronize with the autofocusing (AF) function and an abnormal noise may occur. This abnormal noise does not affect captured images.

This phenomenon only occurs when the camera is used with either of the lenses, and does not occur when the camera is used with other lenses.

Affected Products

EF200mm f/2L IS USM Lens

EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM Lens

*This phenomenon does not occur with cameras other than the EOS 5D Mark III.
*If the fifth and sixth digit of the six-digit alphanumeric number that is imprinted on the lens mount of the above EF lenses is of any of the following numbers, the lens is affected.
EF200mm f/2L IS USM: If the fifth and sixth digit is 00, 01, or 02.
EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM:If the fifth and sixth digit is 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, or 06.”
Details from Canon USA – repairs available from 21st May. Note that this is currently for the US only.
10th We’re told that there are copies of the new 500 and 600 (and 1D X) with a big UK sports news organisation, and that they are being tested at UK football matches and in the Olympic rehearsal events.

Given my lack of knowledge (or much interest) in either, I’ve no way of checking this though. Anyone seen anything?


25th A suggestion [thanks] that the 35/1.4L is finally going to get an update, although I’m minded to think that this is related to the suggestion of a new 35 and 85 [CR] and note that our first hint at a replacement 35/1.4L came in September 2008
21st Canon is still pushing diffractive optics in a number of new patents at Egami [Google xlt]
12th Official news from Canon UK :-(

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon would like to advise of an updated sales start dates for the previously announced EOS-1D X and EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens, due to a delay to the start of mass production. The EOS-1D X will now be available to buy from mid-June 2012, and the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens from early-July. 

We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused to customers. 

New Cine lenses

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 12th April 2012 – Canon today announces the development of four new digital cinematography zoom lenses, as the company expands its EF Cinema Lens range to provide greater creative options for video professionals. Joining the seven high-end lenses announced in 2011, the new models support 4K (4,096 x 2,160) resolutions and will be smaller, lighter and more compact – offering outstanding mobility and quality. Available with both EF and PL mounts, the lenses will also be available at competitive prices, offering premium performance to a wider range of users. 

The expanded EF Cinema Lens series will include two wide-angle cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), alongside two telephoto cinema zoom lenses, the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF) and CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL). Ideal for use with next-generation 4K cinema cameras, the new lenses will join Canon’s existing line-up of high-end EF Cinema Lenses in forming the core of the Cinema EOS system, which spans lens, digital cinema camera and DSLR categories. 

In addition to compatibility with industry-standard Super 35 mm-equivalent cameras, the four cinema zoom lenses will also offer superior flexibility. Each lens will feature a compact, lightweight body supporting a wide focal range, making them ideal for handheld shooting. Combined with the Canon’s existing high-end EF Cinema primes, the new lenses will offer a greater variety of creative possibilities for video professionals of all types. 

Prototypes of the new cinema zoom lenses will be on display at NAB 2012, one of the world’s largest events for the video, broadcasting equipment and digital media industries. NAB 2012 will take place from April 16 to 19 in Las Vegas, USA. 

The CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L S (EF mount), CN-E15.5-47mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount), CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L S (EF mount) and the CN-E30-105mm T2.8 L SP (PL mount) will be available from September 2012. 


2.8x EF extender29th Hope you’ve been saving hard – we hear that the 200-400 may get a real announcement before too long (again? ;-)
27th A patent appears in Japan for an x2.8 Tele extender [EG]
Makes you wonder about focusing at f/8 (3 stops increase)
17th The Zeiss Distagon 15/2.8 is announced [Zeiss]
6th The Zeiss ZM Distagon 15/2.8 is coming to ZF and ZE mounts later this month [ZR]
2nd Patent time again – this time a 17-40 2.8-4 [EGvia CR]


27th Canon UK Press release:

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 27th February 2012, Canon today announces that its EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM lenses will be available to buy from May 2012. 

Pricing and Availability 

The EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM is available from May 2012, priced at £8,999.00/€10,799.00 RRP incl. VAT. 

The EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM is available from May 2012, priced at £11,299.00/ €13,549.00 RRP incl. VAT.

25th We’ve heard (thanks) that the TS-E45 and TS-E 90 are due for updates and ‘L’ treatment along with the new mechanisms found in the TS-E17 & 24 II. There is supposedly another ‘lens with movements’ in the set, but as yet, no info. Unfortunately nothing likely until 2013, although they may get ‘pre-anounced’ (in what, IMHO, is becoming an increasingly annoying habit for Canon) at Photokina.
The 24/2.8 IS and 28/2.8 IS turn up in a Japanese patent that includes a 35/2 IS [EG via CR]
The 35/2 is a non USM 1990 lens (28/2.8 was 1987 and 24/2.8 from 1988 – see EF timeline below)
The next such lens after the 35 might be the 20mm, but that’s already USM. Discuss this with Keith on G+ ?
23rd Some new lenses suggested [CR]

An EF-S 18-135 mk 2 for the 650D/T4i

An actual release for the 200-400 4L IS at ~$11k

An EF40 2.8 ‘pancake’

20th There are indications [PB] that the long lost 500/4 and 600/4 might be here by May.
A patent for a potential 15-45 lens for Canon Mirrorless is seen.
15th Some preproduction sample tests of the new lenses 24-70
14th More lens rumblings [CR]
11th A collection of Canon lens replacements and new types [CR]

Quite an odd mix, but it does at least include [CR] the 100-400 ;-)

9th Sony makes its play for the white lens market with a 500/4 [PB]
EF24-70ii7th The three lenses are for real
24-70 Info and press release
6th New lenses on the way? [DC]
EF28mm f2.8 IS
ef28/2.8 IS
EF24mm f2.8 IS USM
ef24 f/2.8 IS
EF24-70mm f2.8 II
Full Canon rebate list in the US – now runs to March 3rd [Canon]
3rd Some new lens patents 200/300/400 [CR]

2012 January 

200-40 sighted in Kenya23rd The 200-400 is spotted
being tested with a new body that might be the 5D3 [AA] Launch in March/April.
Lots more photos at AA
20th In the upturn in 5D3 rumours, we’ve had a couple pointing to a new version of the 24-70/2.8L being available as a kit option – said to look quite different in design (no mention of IS).
Interesting 55-110/2 lens patent [CR via Egami]
15th More Canon lens patents 24/2.8 | 50/1.2 | 300/4 [CR via Egami]
13th The EF 28/2.8 lens is no longer listed in the latest German Canon price list. [PDF]
This is one of only three of the original (1987) EF lenses left in Canon’s line-up. The (1995) 28/1.8 is still listed. [See EF lens history chart below]

BTW – I’ve been wondering just what was -really- new at CES/PMA?

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