10 new Canon EF primes patented, including super fast f/1.2 lenses

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Despite focusing on bringing a healthy lineup of RF mount lenses to market this year, Canon is still hard at work developing optics for its DSLR cameras. The company has filed patents for no fewer than ten new EF mount prime lenses, with apertures as fast as f/1.2.

The new patents, spotted by Canon News, comprise four f/1.8 lenses: 14mm, 17mm, 16mm and 18mm. On top of that are two f/1.4 optics, 16mm and 20mm, and two f/1.2 lenses, 22mm and 24mm. Interestingly, there are also separate patents for an additional 14mm f/1.8 and 20mm f/1.4 lens with only minor differences. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.