Canon has patented a zoom lens for mirrorless cameras

Recently, Canon patented a slew of new lenses. Well, it turns out Canon has patented another lens, a zoom lens, for RF mirrorless full-frame cameras.

The lens that Canon recently patented looks intriguing, to say the least. This patent is for an RF mirrorless full-frame lens with a focal length of 28-280 mm. Additionally, it will have a constant aperture of f/2.8. If this lens were to materialize into an actual release, it would be a first. It’s likely, though, that this lens would be expensive and might be too pricey for the average video shooter.

Who would benefit from this zoom lens?

By the looks for this lens, with its range, wildlife and sports photographers are most likely the group of shooters that would benefit from this lens. Its range would likely offer a lot of flexibility. However, it might be a huge lens. It will be a chore to carry it around. There might also be a dip in image quality. Often times, superzoom lenses sacrifice image quality for zoom range. However, the lens isn’t official yet, so we can’t say this particular lens would have that issue.

Overview of the Canon 28-280 mm zoom lens

  • Focal length: 27.81mm 146.83mm 269.60mm
  • F-number: 2.88 2.88 2.88
  • Half angle of view: 34.09° 8.38° 4.59°
  • Image height: 18.82mm 21.64mm 21.64mm
  • Total lens length: 340.47mm 340.47mm 340.47mm
  • BF: 32.97mm 32.97mm 32.97mm

When will we see this lens release?

With all patents, there is nothing concrete here. Patents allow companies to test technology without other companies trying to steal their designs. Canon is in the very early stages of this lens and we may never see its release. It is still great to see Canon with ambitions to innovate nonetheless.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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