Canon joining the Micro Four Thirds standard?

Canon to join Micro Four Thirds standard?
(Image credit: Canon / Micro Four Thirds)

In a week filled with crazy Canon rumors, this might be the craziest one yet: Canon has filed patents for three new lenses. Not so crazy, right? Well, get this: the lenses closely resemble the configuration required for Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Micro Four Thirds (MFT) is, of course, the smaller standard pioneered by Panasonic and Olympus. The format has been adopted by manufacturers such as Blackmagic and Sharp, but its open source nature means that anyone can produce lenses for it – and it seems that Canon may be doing just that.

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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.