Canon publishes patent for four new lenses with defocus smoothing

Canon RF lenses
(Image credit: Canon)

Canon has just published patents that hint we might get not one but four new lenses sometime next year. Patent applications don’t always come to fruition (at least not when it’s an entirely new product) but Canon has a good history of making lens patents a reality. If that’s the case, we should be getting a new RF 70-200mm f/2.8, a 70-135mm f/2.5, a 28-70mm f/1.6-2 and an 80-150mm f/1.8.

Canon already has an impressive lineup of RF lenses; there are over 30 of them covering focal ranges from 14mm with the RF 14-35mm f/4 L IS USM  to the impressive Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM (although this lens will set you back $20k). But that doesn’t mean one of the world’s leading camera manufacturers is ever going to stop improving and refining its lens selection as is evidenced by the patent for four fast aperture, zoom lenses likely aimed more at the pros than beginners. 

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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.