Canon patent suggests groundbreaking EOS R lenses are on the horizon

After reviewing the EOS R, we found its lens lineup helped its system capture quality video. Now, it’s likely Canon’s making three new EOS R lenses.

Canon Rumors and Canon News have reportedly found a patent application by Canon for a few future lenses for its RF lens mount system. And, if these patented lenses ever see the light of day, they’ll be nothing short of groundbreaking.

Canon EOS R lenses' patent drawings
These are basic sketches of the EOS R lenses’ as they were depicted in the patent

The patents detail three new EOS R lenses

The application patent the two media sources found contained details of a RF 14-21 mm f/1.4L zoom lens. That’s essentially unheard of at this point in time. As Fstoppers points out, there is currently a Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art lens. However, that’s a prime lens and it’s two-thirds of a stop slower compared to this patent-pending lens. Here’s a some sample footage shot with Simga’s 14mm; just imaging what this footage would look like if it was shot at two-thirds of a stop faster!

Also detailed is an RF 16-35mm f/2.8L. This one sounds a little more standard when it comes to lenses. But the patent goes on to describe an RF 12-20mm f/2L lens. That’s a lot less standard!

Don’t get your checkbooks out just yet

It’s not uncommon for companies to file patents for cameras and lenses that never make it past the patent stage. So while this uncovered patent from Canon may detail some groundbreaking lenses, at this time, it’s only words and diagrams.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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