New Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 & 35mm f/1.4 Lenses Revealed in Patent

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Patent Diagram

Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 Patent Diagram

A recently published patent application from Canon reveals the development of new 50mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4 lenses, which use similar optical formulas. We know the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens is due any day now but a 50mm f/1.4 lens hasn’t really been on the radar even though the current EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens is getting quite old. [Read more…]

 

Nikon 1 Updated 10mm f/2.8 and 10-100mm f/4-5.6 Lens Patents

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A pair of recently published patent applications reveal updated versions of the Nikon 1 10mm f/2.8 lens and the Nikon 1 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR lens.

The 10mm f/2.8 patent was filed back in March, while the 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR lens patent was filed in late April. These are probably a couple of the more popular 1-Series lenses, so a replacement at some point makes sense.

As always, don’t take a patent filing as evidence of an impending announcement. It’s just something to keep on your radar.

You can check out the patents yourself by clicking links below.

Nikon 10mm f/2.8 Lens Patent Application 

Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 VR Lens Patent Application

New Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Leaks Out Ahead of Official Launch

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The Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM has been expected for a few weeks now after a reference to the lens leaked out through a Russian certification agency. An image of the lens has now surfaced at Digicame-info, which usually means a product is only days (or maybe hours) away from an official announcement. This new lens will serve as a replacement to the current EF 35mm f/1.4L USM lens.

Leaked specs note that the lens features 14 elements in 11 groups with a nine blade circular aperture and a minimum focusing distance of 0.28m. It takes a 72mm filter and measures 105.5mm long with a 80.4mm diameter. Weight is 760g and it will use the Canon EW-77B lens hood.

Expect the official announcement to come along very shortly. Given the $1479 retail price of the current model, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the new model priced close to (or a little over) the $2k mark.

Also, we may get the Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens that was leaked earlier alongside the new 35mm lens. Stay tuned.

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR Lens Delayed

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When Nikon announced its new AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR lens earlier this month, it was supposed to ship by late August. Now, Nikon Japan is saying that the lens is being delayed with an official released date in October 2015.

No real details for the cause of the delay were released other than the expected comments about “final adjustments” in the lead up to the launch. You can still pre-order the new lens here at B&H Photo.