The latest lens to be patented in Japan is the Canon 50mm f/3.5 IS macro lens, which is designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. This is another sign that the Japanese company may launch a professional full-frame MILC to compete against Sony’s A7-series in the future.
Canon may be the biggest camera and lens vendor in the world. However, the company is not doing too well on the digital imaging market. On the other hand, Sony is thriving right now, thanks to the A7-series models.
For far too long, sources have said that Canon would also launch better mirrorless cameras. Well, it could happen in the not-so-distant future, as the Canon 50mm f/3.5 IS macro lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras has just been patented in Japan.
Canon patents 50mm f/3.5 IS macro lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras
A patent for a Canon 50mm f/3.5 IS macro lens has been uncovered in Japan. As its name says, it is a prime lens with a focal length of 50mm and macro capabilities. Additionally, it has a maximum aperture of f/3.5 and built-in image stabilization technology. The latter will come in handy when capturing close-up macro shots, as it might prevent blur from showing up in your photos.
It is worth noting that a faster maximum aperture would have been nicer. However, it is likely that the optic’s price would have increased too much along with its size and this is not desirable when it comes to a mirrorless camera.
The patent has been filed on May 12, 2014 and it has been approved on December 3, 2015. This is interesting to hear, as it suggests that Canon has been working on a full-frame mirrorless camera for some time now.
Please note that this is only a patent and it does not mean that the product will be released anytime soon. Anyway, Canon fans can dream of this and we will let you know as soon something new appears on the web.
Canon 50mm f/3.5 IS macro lens could be compatible EF-mount cameras
An interesting detail about the patent is that it refers to the Canon 50mm f/3.5 IS macro lens as an EF-mount optic. This is strange to say that least, as it would be tricky to make an EF-mount mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor.
Sure enough, Canon is making Cinema EOS cameras with EF-mount, but their image sensors are smaller. Either way, the company may have found a solution to make EF-mount optics compatible with a FF MILC.
If this becomes a reality, then it would be a great achievement, but remember to take everything with a pinch of salt due to the obvious reasons.