Canon has designed a motorized tilt-shift lens that could be used handheld

Canon patent for new tilt-shift lens technology
(Image credit: Canon • JPO)

A Canon patent application has just been unearthed for a revolutionary motorized tilt-shift lens, for the RF mount. Tilt-shift lenses have a notoriously complex design, with delicate mechanics that have always posed challenges for photographers, but this new patent application could drastically improve their usability. 

We first heard rumors of a new Canon tilt-shift lens back in March 2023, but ever since Canon has been pretty quiet… until now. Tilt-shift lenses are most commonly used by architectural photographers, as they give more control of perspective, but while Canon has released a range of impressive primes, wide-angles and zoom lenses, an RF mount tilt-shift has been noticeably absent. You can adapt EF mount lenses such as the Canon TS-E 17mm f/4, but no native RF options yet exist. 

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.