Canon Lens Patents Signal Robust Mirrorless Lineup

Canon may have stumbled a bit out of the gate with its first mirrorless camera, the EOS-R, but the company sparked plenty of interest with the lens announcements. Looking at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Canon wants to build on that momentum.

The usual caveats apply here. Just because it’s seen in a patent filing does not mean it will make the leap into the hands of consumers. But damn if it does, expect the mirrorless wars to continue into the foreseeable future.

Canon mirrorless lenses

One application details an RF 14-21mm f/1.4L zoom lens which should get everyone excited. As a comparison, the Sigma 14mm f/1.8 Art is a prime lens and close to two-thirds of a stop slower. Another application mentions an RF 12-20mm f/2L lens and the patent applications are rounded out by a more sedate RF 16-35mm f/2.8L.

It points to increased competition but also Canon’s willingness to get faster and prove its mirrorless system is destined for the hands of professional users. The faster glass should box Sony into responding with a faster lens lineup. Now all Canon has to do is weather the mixed reviews of the EOS-R and keep pushing new bodies out to the masses.

Sound off below. What do you think of the patent applications? Of the two ultra-fast zooms, which do you think makes it to consumers?

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