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…]
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.
In a recent patent application submitted to the USPTO, Canon revealed a new adapter under development that would essentially turn every Canon EF lens into a tilt-shift lens.
That’s pretty epic.
Read on for how it works and why it’s so cool. [Read more…]
Of all the odd patents I’ve seen from camera companies, this one is near the top of the list.
A recent patent application from Nikon (USPTO No. 14/407,791) reveals that the company has developed a smart water bottle that communicates via NFC with a smart watch (like the Apple Watch) to both measure the fluid intake from the body and can communicate with a health app to determine if the person needs to take in more fluid. [Read more…]
A recently published US patent application (14/603,466) reveals the latest cell phone patent attempt from Nikon, who has been filing related patents for years. [Read more…]