I updated some confusing English on my part. :)

Patents, Patents, Patents!
We have 3 confirmed lens patents from Canon. I am not a pro at reading and understanding patents 100%. If a focal length or other information shows the below isn't true, please let me know.

14-24 f/2.8L

Canon 14-24 f/2.8L Patent Diagram
Canon 14-24 f/2.8L Patent Diagram

Read the Patent: http://www.google.com/patents/about?id=lbTIAAAAEBAJ

60mm f/2.8 IS Macro

EF-S(?) 60 f/2.8 IS Macro
EF-S(?) 60 f/2.8 IS Macro

Read The Patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2009/0251589.html

70-200 f/2.8L IS II

70-200 f/2.8L IS II
70-200 f/2.8L IS II

Read The Patent: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/y2009/0296231.html

CR's Take
That's all that seems to be out there right now. I've reported on facebook before that there would be a new lens coming that isn't a replacement to anything currently in the lineup. I'm going to assume that will be the 14-24.

I'm going to go out on a limb here and please don't take it as fact. There's an obvious lens that would complete the trifecta of new zooms.

EF 24-70 f/2.8L IS II

Still searching for a patent. It would be nice to see all 3 launched at once. Canon's recent history seems to show they max out at launching 2 L's at a time. Correct me if I'm wrong.

2010 may be a good year for Canon zoom fans.


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  1. I can certainly see the flexibility & convenience of an ultrawide FF zoom being nice (I have one for APS-C), but how many people really use the long end & prefer the extra reach vs. the extra size, weight, & cost? The 14mm f/2.8L II is a mighty fine optic, and I’ve always got my 24-105L with me anyway, as I imagine most folks would (or a 24-70L).

  2. The Nikkor AF-S 14-24 2,8G ED is one of the best lenses on the market – without any real competitor. It is really superb. Canon should not waist any more time to loose market share on lenses like this.
    Another perfect lens is the AF-S 200-400 4G ED VR. There again is no adequate Canon alternative, the EF 100-400 4,5-5,6L can´t hold a candle against the Nikkor.
    The rest of the premier lineup is more or less the equivalent like the 24-70 and the 70-200. But with those two lenses mentioned above Canon really has to fill a gap. I´m considering to make the move to Nikon. Not only because of the lenses, but also because of the cameras. The EOS 5D II has a poor AF, the 1D IV is not a full format, also the 7D which is a fine camera by the way and the 1Ds IV will be very expensive… Nikon will redo their D700 soon and then there will be no real competitor from Canon. They´ll have to bring out a 3D.

  3. neuroanatomist on

    It does appear to be an EF lens, not EF-S. I’m basing that on the scale diagram – the rear elements of the lens appear to be similarly far from the image plane (IP) as the other patent diagrams. That would mean this lens does not have a short back focus and is not an EF-S lens.

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