Canon has recently patented three lenses aimed at full frame EF-mount cameras and they are all telephoto models, unlike the four EF-M units patented earlier this week.
The rumor mill has revealed that 2014 will be the year of the lenses for Canon. The company is living up to this name by patenting lens after lens. A couple of days ago, four EF-M optics for the EOS M series of mirrorless cameras have been patented.
Two out of four are pancake models and they will match the tiny design of the EOS M camera. The whole kit is supposed to be small and lightweight therefore the pancake optics certainly fit the bill.
Canon 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2 and 135mm f/2.8 lenses with IS technology patented for EF cameras
The Japanese manufacturer is back with even more lens patents. According to sources tracking such submissions in Japan, the Canon 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2, and 135mm f/2.8 lenses are all under development for full frame cameras.
As you can notice, they are all telephoto models, but there is one other thing they have in common: image stabilization technology. The descriptions of the patents include IS system, which will be more than welcomed considering the fact that a telephoto focal length coupled with a bright aperture gives you a very shallow depth of field.
Sources have added that the external designs of the optics will be very similar, down to their barrel and filter diameter.
The manufacturer is aiming to bring IS technology to all its middle-entry lenses, but there are no important evidence to suggest that these four models will be released on the market in the near future.
Similar telephoto lenses are currently being sold by Canon, but they do not feature IS
Canon is already selling a 135mm model, but one with a brighter aperture of f/2. It is one of the best optics for EF cameras and certainly one of the highly-commended, even at Amazon, where it is available for a price around $1,000.
The EF 85mm f/1.8 is also appreciated by photographers as it is the perfect portrait lens with a relatively low price tag, standing at less than $400. It does not have IS, but it looks like its replacement will offer this feature.
Meanwhile, the EF 100mm f/2 is not as popular as its other siblings. Nevertheless, it remains a good lens, but Canon is hoping that the addition of image stabilization will also bring higher sales.
A release date is not given, so do not hold your breath over the launch of the Canon 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2, and 135mm f/2.8 lenses for now, as there is still enough time until CP+ 2014 and Photokina 2014.