Canon has submitted a patent application for three fast telephoto lenses with image stabilization. The patent application covers EF 85mm f/1.8 IS, 100mm f/2 IS and 135mm f/2.8 IS lenses. Canon has been adding IS to its mid-range line of lenses (like the EF 24mm f/2.8 IS and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS), along with rumors that other mid-range lenses like the 50mm f/1.4 are going to get image stabilization in a new version – perhaps as early as this year.
Prior to the release of the latest Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens, there were rumors that a prototype of a version with Canon’s Image Stabilization was undergoing testing. Then, the new lens came along, it didn’t have IS, and word of any kind of possible replacement with image stabilization died out.
A recently published Canon patent document reveals that Canon has, in fact, developed such a lens. [Read more…]
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Anyone who has used a lens with image stabilization can easily recall the cool effect when looking through the viewfinder and press the shutter button halfway down. Those shaky shots suddenly become very stable – with almost a feeling that your lens is floating in some sort of fluid.
This short video shows the components inside of Canon’s 18-55mm IS lens operating with front element of the lens removed. As you can see, it’s a combination of springs and servos that deliver that fluid stabilization. I found myself watching this over and over.
The new Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens is available for pre-order in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts now for $3,599. Expected ship date is March 16, 2013. Hit the links below to B&H for more details.
After the recently-introduced Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II lens, we are now starting to hear rumors of a version of this lens with image stabilization. Of course, rumors of such a lens have been around for quite some time now, but Canon Rumors has received additional tips recently that point to a possibility that the lens could be in the pipeline.
Tamron has a stabilized 24-70mm f/2.8 lens that has received quite a bit of praise. Who would be interested in a stabilized version of this lens directly from Canon? What would be the right price point for you to pull the trigger?