Is Canon going to bring back mirror lenses?

Reflex 500mm f/8 S.S.C.
Canon Reflex 500mm f/8 S.S.C. lens for film SLRs from the late 1970s (Image credit: Canon)

Mirror lenses have long since fallen out of fashion, with refractive optics offering smaller and more functional lenses with vastly superior image quality. However, that could all change soon with new patents from Canon suggesting it is actively working on new mirrored lenses for its Canon cameras.

The latest patents, revealed by asobinet show Canon might be preparing two mirrored lenses, the first is a fast Canon 300mm f/2.4 lens, and the second is a slightly slower Canon 400mm f/5 lens. There's an exceptional range of Canon lenses, but the company has not offered a mirrored lens for decades. Given Canon's recent moves to focus on their mirrorless cameras, these would most likely be for the RF mount.

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Gareth Bevan
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Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.