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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.”

5-layer

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

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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: EF 85mm f/1.2L III and Others

Patent: EF 85mm f/1.2L III and Others

A patent showing new 85mm & 50mm designs has surfaced. Both an 85mm f/1.2 and an 85mm f/1.8 appear as well as a 50mm f/1.4 and a 100mm f/2.

An updated 85mm f/1.2L II has been mentioned as being under development for quite some time, and we’re all expecting a new 50mm lens, which is an oft rumored product.

Patent Publication No. 2014-52412 

  • Publication date 2014.3.20
  • Filing date 2012.9.5
Example Focal length Fno. Length BF
One 85.00 1.24 125.55 38.98
Two 85.00 1.80 113.57 39.50
Three 51.70 1.41 88.04 39.00
Four 100.00 2.00 120.00 39.60


Image height = 21.64mm

Source: [EG]

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Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L IS

Patent: Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L IS

More Canon lens patents have shown up. This time we get some macro patents that also include hybrid IS. We’ve been told that the 180mm f/3.5L macro is on its way out, and this could be the direction Canon takes it.

A few other focal lengths also appear in the patent as well such as 200mm & 300mm versions with hybrid IS.

The information below is a Google translation.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-41224
    • Publication date 2014.3.6
    • Filing date 2012.8.22
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 1.37
    • Focal length f = 180.03-167.06-131.08mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-3.3-2.59
    • Half angle ω = 6.85-7.38-9.37 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 228.39mm
    • BF 68.14mm
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 1.58
    • Focal length f = 198.49-164.7-125.48mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-2.99-2.28
    • Half angle ω = 6.22-7.48-9.78 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 231.65mm
    • BF 71.4mm
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 1.92
    • Focal length f = 289.97-213.39-151.33mm
    • Fno (3.6-4.8-5.8 actual aperture). 3.6-2.65-2.21
    • Half angle ω = 4.27-5.79-8.14 °
    • Image height 21.64mm
    • The overall length of the lens 294.36mm
    • BF 68.05mm
  • Canon patents
    • Inner focus
    • (Part of the fourth lens group) antivibration
    • Supports Shifutobure (???)
    • Floating

Source: [EG]

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Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others

Patent: EF 16-35 f/4L, 17-40 f/4L and Others

A slew of patents showing various wide angle optical formulas has appeared. All of the lenses appear to be for full frame and could be hints of replacements for the EF 17-40 f/4L as well as the EF 16-35 f/2.8L II.

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-41245
    • Publication date 2014.3.6
    • Filing date 2012.8.22
  • Example 1
    • Focal length f = 16.49-23.55-33.95mm
    • Fno. 4.10
    • Half angle ω = 52.68-42.57-32.51 °
    • 14 pieces of 10-group lens configuration
  • Example 2
    • Focal length f = 17.50-25.45-38.90mm
    • Fno. 4.10
    • Half angle ω = 51.03-40.36-29.08 °
    • 15 pieces of 11-group lens configuration
  • Example 4
    • Focal length f = 17.50-24.82-38.89mm
    • Fno. 2.88-3.25-4.10
    • Half angle ω = 51.02-41.08-29.09 °
    • 15 pieces of 11-group lens configuration
  • Example 5
    • Focal length f = 16.50-25.34-34.00mm
    • Fno. 2.91
    • Half angle ω = 52.66-40.49-32.47 °
    • 15 pieces of 11-group lens configuration
  • Canon patents
    • 4-group zoom of positive and negative positive negative
    • Inner focus

Source: [EG]

Canon EF 17-40 f/4L | Canon EF 16-35 f/2.8L II

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Patent: EF-S 17-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Patent: EF-S 17-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Another lens patent has shown up today. This time an EF-S 17-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Perhaps it’ll be a new kit lens this year and will replace the current 18-55 IS STM. However, this may also be a hold over from last years kit lens update.

Description and self-interpretation of the patent literature

  • Patent Publication No. 2014-21258
    • Publication date 2014.2.3
    • Filing date 2012.7.18
  • Example 2
    • Zoom ratio 2.92
    • Focal length f = 18.50-32.89-54.00mm
    • Fno. 3.49-4.39-5.80
    • Half angle ω = 36.44-22.55-14.20 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 119.77-110.06-120.23mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 37.98-52.51-74.3mm
  • Example 3
    • Zoom ratio 3.09
    • Focal length f = 17.50-32.05-54.00mm
    • Fno. 3.47-4.38-5.80
    • Half angle ω = 37.97-23.08-14.20 °
    • Image height Y = 13.66mm
    • 119.55-108.81-118.68mm overall length of the lens
    • BF 36.59-51.53-73.93mm
  • Canon patents
    • 4-group zoom of positive and negative positive negative
    • Inner folder – Kas (Group 3)
    • The fourth lens unit can also be used for anti-vibration

Source: [EG]

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Patent: Canon Curved Aperture Diaphragm

Patent: Canon Curved Aperture Diaphragm

Here’s another patent filing picked up by egami:

(translated)
Patent Publication No. 2014-13363,2014-13365

  • Publication date 2014.1.23
  • Filing date 2012.6.6


  • Canon patents

  • The iris of the dome-shaped

  • If I’m reading this correctly, if the aperture follows the curvature of the glass you end up by saving some space which can lead to more compact lenses, if not for the M line, than perhaps we’ll see some smaller EF-S lenses.

    egami via [CW]

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    Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens

    Patent: Canon 11-24mm f/4 Lens

    Egami has shown that Canon has filed a patent for an ultra-wide angle zoom:

    (Translated)

    Description and self-interpretation of the patent literature

    Patent Publication No. 2014-10286

  • Publication date 2014.1.20
  • Filing date 2012.6.29

  • Example 1

  • Zoom ratio 2.06
  • Focal length f = 11.30-18.00-23.30mm
  • Fno. 4.10
  • Half angle ω = 62.42-50.24-42.88mm
  • Image height Y = 21.64mm
  • 172.19-161.28-162.86mm overall length of the lens
  • BF 38.82-52.31-63.15mm

  • Canon users have been left out in this focal range for quite some time. With Nikon and their legendary 14-24mm f/2.8G ED and other third party offerings filling up the gap in the market. Can Canon produce an optically superior lens that also has such a shallow depth of field? Until they do, the only wide-angle zooms that Canon makes that come close are the 16-35 f/2.8 L II or the 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye.

    [Egami]

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    Patents: Canon 85mm f/1.8 IS, 100mm f/2 IS, 135 f/2.8 IS

    Patents: Canon 85mm f/1.8 IS, 100mm f/2 IS, 135 f/2.8 IS

    Patents with three popular telephoto lenses with the addition of image stabilization have shown up. It’s long been expected to see IS added to Canons highly regarded 135 f/2.0, I don’t know where a 2.8 will fit into the lineup, and adding stabilization to the 85 and 100 would follow with Canons current practice of sticking IS on all their mid-range glass.

    Patent Publication No. 2014-10283
    Publication date 2014.1.20
    Filing date 2012.6.29

    Example 1
    Focal length f = 85.56mm
    Fno. 1.86
    Angle of view 2ω = 28.4 °
    Image height Y = 21.635mm

    Example 2
    Focal length f = 102.06mm
    Fno. 2.00
    Angle of view 2ω = 23.9 °
    Image height Y = 21.635mm

    Example 3
    Focal length f = 131.00mm
    Fno. 2.80
    Angle of view 2ω = 18.8 °
    Image height Y = 21.635mm

    Canon patents
    Positive and negative positive
    Inner Focus (group 2)
    (Part of the third group) antivibration

    Source: [EG]

    Update: I accidentally read the135 f/2.8 as f/2.0, apologies for any potential false hope we brought.

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