Archive for the ‘Canon Patents’ Category

Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro

Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 DO Macro

This is the first I have seen this sort of patent. Canon has filed an optical formula patent for a diffractive optic macro lens. What better lens to upgrade with a DO version than the long-in-the-tooth Canon EF 180 f/3.5L Macro?

Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-137484
    • Publication date 2014.7.28
    • Filing date 2013.1.17
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 180.00mm
    • Shooting magnification ∞ 0.5x 1.0x
    • Fno. 3.50-4.50-5.20
    • Half angle ω = 6.85 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 202.38mm
    • BF 52.18mm

Source: [EG]

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Patent: 45x Zoom for Waterproof Camera

Patent: 45x Zoom for Waterproof Camera

This patent may show where the next PowerShot D series camera is heading. Below is a patent for a 45x zoom lens that is for a waterproof/dustproof application.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-109664 (Google Translated)
    • Publication date 2014.6.12
    • Filing date 2012.11.30
    • Related 2014-109665,2014-109666
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 44.41
    • Focal length f = 4.62-13.02-205.00mm
    • Fno. 3.91-6.14-9.00
    • Half angle ω = 36.14-16.58-1.08 °
    • 99.33-103.38-113.64mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 12.11-10.81-4.28mm

Source: [EG]

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Patent: Another Multi Layer Related Sensor Patent from Canon

Patent: Another Multi Layer Related Sensor Patent from Canon

Below is another patent for a multi-layer related sensor patent from Canon has come to light. This is the third one that has appeared in the last month or so.

Keith over at Northlight breaks it down in a way that’s easy to understand. “The issue addressed, is light of the ‘wrong’ colour being reflected from one layer into another, which reduces the ability of different layers to respond to photons of only a particular range of colours. This has the potential to greatly improve the colour accuracy and fidelity of such stacked sensor designs.

Patent Publication No. 2014-130890 (Google Translated)

  • Publication date 2014.7.10
  • Filing date 2012.12.28
  • Multilayer sensor drawback of
  • G is light, the image quality is degraded and reflected by the surface of the layer between the G and B layer, re-enters the B layer
  • Canon patents
  • The provision of the dielectric film and the insulating film as an anti-reflection film
  • First insulating layer, B layer, a dielectric film, insulating film, dielectric film, G layer, a dielectric film, insulating film, insulating film, dielectric film, the R layer
  • By increasing the thickness of the dielectric film, to suppress the multiple reflection
  • The dielectric film is between the G layer and B layer, the reflectance with respect to G is lower than B

Source: [EG] via [NL]

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Patent: Canon 55mm f/1.4 & Other Primes

Patent: Canon 55mm f/1.4 & Other Primes

A few more patents for various “normal” fast prime optical formulas have appeared. Among them, another 35mm f/1.4 mention, as well as a 55 f/1.4. Read the entire patent to see the various optical formula images.

Patent Description (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-123018
  • Publication date 2014.7.3
  • Filing date 2012.12.21
  • Image height = 21.64mm
  • Inner focus
Example Focal length Fno. Half angle The overall length of the lens BF MOD
One 49.53 1.45 23.60 99.46 38.10 450
Two 35.88 1.45 31.09 126.92 38.77 300
Three 55.42 1.45 21.33 100.44 40.24 450
Four 50.75 1.45 23.09 98.17 38.29 450

Source: [EG]

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Patent: 1.03x Magnification APS-C Viewfinder

As we get closer to the replacement of the EOS 7D, we’re starting to see some patents that will probably point to some features in the upcoming camera. The recent sensor patent is interesting, as well as this viewfinder patent. We had heard previously about the possibility of a 1.15x magnification viewfinder on the next flagship APS-C camera, which would have been equal to the size of a full frame 100% coverage viewfinder.

This viewfinder is slightly larger than the one on the EOS 7D.

A note about the sensor patent, we have heard that Canon is holding back some sensor patents until the camera is announced to the public, as all patent information is public domain. We’ll see if that turns out to be the case.

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Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-115451
    • Publication date 2014.6.26
    • Filing date 2012.12.10
  • Example 9
    • -3 -1 +1 Viewfinder diopter
    • Focal length f = 46.84 48.38 49.99mm
    • Eye point 22.00mm
    • 1.03 1.03 1.02x magnification
    • Pentagonal prism
    • Condenser lens made of glass
    • Eyepiece lens system with the exception of the condenser lens, 4-group structure of the positive and negative positive negative
    • In turn, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), glass, resin (single-sided aspherical surface), the material is glass
  • Patent Publication No. 2014-115452
    • Publication date 2014.6.26
    • Filing date 2012.12.20
  • Example 1
    • -3.00 -1.00 +1.00 Diopter
    • Focal length f = 62.22 59.69 57.39mm
    • Eye Relief 19.9mm
    • Maximum image height 12.4mm
    • Pupil diameter φ15mm
    • Magnification 0.87x
    • Pentagonal mirror

Source: [EG]

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Patent: Canon 5 Layer UV, IR, RGB Sensor

A patent showing a 5 layer image sensor from Canon has appeared. UV and IR layers help with color reproduction especially for skin tones.

Keith at Northlight has this to add about the patent: “The pixel structure above, shows a BSI design (back illumination), but obviously no pixel structure. Extending the range of light response to UV and IR would cause issues for current lens designs, but the idea of more than three colour primaries is not new, although it would require a major re-write for support from RAW converter software.”

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Patent Information (Google Translated)

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-103644
    • Publication date 2014.6.5
    • Filing date 2012.11.22
  • Canon patents
    • I get the visible light
    • I get the ultraviolet light
    • I get the infrared light
    • I want to extract the skin area
    • The skin region of visible light, I will correct the image from the difference of the skin area of ​​ultraviolet light
    • Signal value of the infrared light is regarded as the skin area, the high part

Source: [EG] via [NL]

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Patent: Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS

A patent for a new Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS has appeared. The current lens has been around since December, 2001 and I think it’s a gem in the Canon lineup.

We’ve seen a lot of DO patents over the years, but no DO lens has been announced since June, 2004 when the EF 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS came to market.

Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS

Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-109700
    • Publication date 2014.6.12
    • Filing date 2012.12.3
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 392.00-381.59-332.99mm
    • Fno.
    • Half angle ω = 3.16-3.10-2.81 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 292.02mm
    • BF 105.64mm

Source: [EG]Canon EF 400 f/4 DO IS at B&H Photo

Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 IS STM

A new patent for an EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 STM has appeared. Also in the patent is the EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM, so this patent is probably just covering an additional optical formula that will not become a product. I’d think any 100-400 replacement will be an L lens with an Ultrasonic Motor instead of an STM.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-102462
    • Publication date 2014.6.5
    • Filing date 2012.11.22
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 4.24
    • Focal length f = 56.90-133.00-241.28mm
    • Fno. 4.12-5.04-5.83
    • Half angle ω = 13.50-5.86-3.24 °
    • Image height 13.66mm
    • 154.33-176.38-191.20mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 41.21mm
  • Example 5
    • Zoom ratio 3.73
    • Focal length f = 104.59-199.99-389.99mm
    • Fno. 4.58-5.03-5.87
    • Half angle ω = 11.69-6.17-3.18 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • 245.09-285.06-308.91mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 68.73mm

Source: [EG]

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Patent: Multi-Lens, Multi-View Camera

Patent: Multi-Lens, Multi-View Camera

Below is a patent for a multi-lens, multi-view camera. I’m not sure what the application would be for such a camera, but I felt the same way about the PowerShot N and it continues to get made. :)

The patents below are translated via Google Translator.

Patent Publication No. 2014-110442

  • Publication date 2014.6.12
  • Filing date 2012.11.30

Canon patents

  • Multi-lens camera concentrically arranged an imaging device and a plurality of lenses
  • I do light field, angle of view changes, perspective changes, noise reduction, resolution conversion, HDR, distance estimation, the disparity estimation

Patent Publication No. 2014-110443

  • Publication date 2014.6.12
  • Filing date 2012.11.30

Canon patents

  • I provided a handle to the multi-lens camera
  • Parameter change in the rotation of the handle

Patent Publication No. 2014-110444

  • Publication date 2014.6.12
  • Filing date 2012.11.30

Canon patents

  • I reduce the number of the imaging lens element than the number of multi-lens camera
  • By the rotation of the optical unit, to select a specific lens

Source: [EG]

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Patent: Canon EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO

A new patent showing an optical formula for an EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO has made an appearance. The patent also shows what appears to be a new 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 DO optical formula. Canon appears to be continuing their investment in diffractive optics R&D, though we haven’t seen a new DO lens in quite some time. I don’t think we’ll see a new 100-400 with the technology, and with the current 70-300L being pretty small and light, I’m not sure we’d see a new 70-300 DO either. It’s good to see they continue to develop the lens concepts though, and hopefully we see some new ones in the coming years.

EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO IS

EF 100-400 f/4.5-5.6 DO

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-89385
    • Publication date 2014.5.15
    • Filing date 2012.10.31
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 3.78
    • Focal length f = 103.00-200.00-388.94mm
    • Fno. 4.63-5.24-5.83
    • Half angle ω = 11.86-6.17-3.18 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • 228.82-273.58-303.10mm total length
    • BF 69.48-90.93-105.73mm
  • Example 6
    • Zoom ratio 4.00
    • Focal length f = 72.50-135.00-289.99mm
    • Fno. 4.44-5.04-5.85
    • Half angle ω = 16.62-9.10-4.27 °
    • Image height Y = 21.64mm
    • 143.91-177.69-203.15mm total length
    • BF 39.10-39.10-39.10mm

Source: [EG

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