Panasonic Announces 4 New Lenses

Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f1.7 ASPH Lens

Alongside the GH4R and the V-Log firmware for the GH4, Panasonic also unveiled four new lenses, including the completely new Panasonic Lumix G 25mm f/1.7 ASPH. lens.

Other lens updates include:


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


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


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.