Canon has filed for a patent which describes an EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens, which will most likely replace the current generation, first released in 2006.
Canon has multiple 70-200mm lenses in its lineup. Some people may have even found it confusing and they have all the right to do so. However, the Japan-based company feels that there is room for one more, as it has just patented a new EF 70-200mm f/4L USM optic.
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L lens patented in the manufacturer’s home country
The latest patent application from Japan has been approved on May 30, 2013. It has been filed on November 16, 2011, and it depicts another 70-200mm lens version. This one describes multiple focal length examples with several overall sizes.
The first provides a focal length between 72.11mm and 193.4mm. It features an image height of 21.64mm, while its size stands at 234.52mm.
The second version measures 213.85mm in length and it features a focal length of 72.14-193.38mm, while providing the same image height.
The third version features the same height and its focal length is also identical to the first model, but it has a length of 233.51mm.
Several other Canon 70-200mm lenses are already available on the market
Canon has introduced the original EF 70-200mm f/4L USM lens in 2006. This one is available at Amazon for $629 and, although the stock is emptying, more units are on the way.
Moreover, Canon is also selling an EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM optic. This version sports image stabilization technology, therefore it costs a lot more, as its price stands at $1,149, courtesy of Amazon.
The offering does not end here. The Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens is available for $2,199 at Amazon. On the other hand, the original EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM optic can be purchased for $1,299.
Canon’s new 70-200mm f/4L optic might be three years away
It is easy to notice that Canon is betting big in this telephoto zoom lens area. There is no other digital imaging manufacturer with such a rich lineup, therefore some photographers may find it weird that another 70-200mm lens is on its way.
Lenses usually have a lifespan of 10 years, so three extra years may pass until we get to see the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM lens.