Canon files patents for 50mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.2, 85mm f/1.8, 100mm f/2, 135mm f/2 and 200mm f/2 lenses

Canon filed patent 2011-253050 in Japan for the following prime lenses:

50mm f/1.4 lens

85mm f/1.2 lens

85mm f/1.8 lens

100mm f/2.0 lens

135mm f/2.0 lens

200mm f/2.0 lens

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  • Mike

    Don’t they already have these lenses? And now only they’re filing for patents.
    Unless this is something totally new design. Or preventing Nikon from making the same.

    • Discontinued

      >>Don’t they … <<
      They do. It is new design. The current 85 1.2 II has 8 elements. The patent shows 9. There you go.

  • Sick of stuff guy

    Imma sick of waiting for these lenses!!,! Imma switch to Nikon.

  • Harshad Patil

    Oh dear Canon,

    Why can’t you make reasonable priced (say $400 to $600) wide lenses for APS-C users?

    Like 20mm f1.8, 24mm f1.8 and revised better 35mm f1.8..

    Why ? WHY?

    • Why can’t people like you stop whining and get better jobs to afford the things they want?

      Why? WHY?

      • MJr

        that makes you afford things that are not here ?

        • RevPhoto

          Agreed with first comment here . Nikon has launched superb $200 35mm f1.8 and there are rumors about similar 24mm f1.8 lens for APS-C cameras.

          Canon need to launch improved version of 35mm f/2 at least.

        • Ok in that case… why can’t people get better jobs to get themselves an education so they will understand that FF is better than APS-C?

          Hmm… I can see the Catch 22 in this one though.

          • RevPhoto


            Even if people have tons of money and all the knowledge of different camera systems, they might want APS-C, MFT cameras because thy are lighter or maybe because such person is just starting with photography and seeing whether its for him/her. So, to avoid heavy / costly FF camera/ L-lenses they might want a aps-c/ mft system or maybe till they are sure about their needs and interests.

            So what’s wrong with that? Even, panasonic has recently got $350 20mm f1.7 lens (equivalent to 40mm) that gives great result. There is HUGE market for such “enthusiast” level camera and good lens system with that. (eg NEX has great camera bodies but extremely limited lens system, unless you go with adapters and manual lenses) SO , if someone voices their need for such lenses what’s wrong with that? It is call for Canon to remain competitive for such market.

            So why do you think you are such smart ass just because you got FF cameras and bunch of expensive lenses??

            Everybody has different requirements irrespective of their jobs/ money.

            You sound just like stupid troll.

  • Jon S

    I don’t see how companies are allowed to file patents for lens designs, unless they are genuinely novel.

    Design without invention is covered by copyright protection.

    • Sounds like you have a lot of faith in the patent system

      • Jon S

        The patent system is so badly broken and abused that it needs a complete overhaul.

        Also, it’s been forgotten that it was designed to serve two purposes: protection for inventors AND to encourage disclosure so others could build on the work (to prevent inventions from going to the grave with their creator).

        Now it’s all about the first purpose and the litigation that goes with it.

        • Zen

          I’d say that patents on lenses is a lot more like what patent should be than patents on software (where everyone just patents very generic things).

          Here, they patent one setup, they don’t patent the optical concept (like retrofocus or similar), so it’s not that bad.

        • Neil


          Nathan Myhrvold’s (parasite comes to mind) business model stinks AFAIK, regardless of the importance of patent protection – it has become ridiculous when core technology is already widely in use.

          Nathan Myhrvold’s, (former Microsoft employee) cash rich company snaps up thousands of patents.

        • Richard

          “…is so badly broken…”

          You got that right!

          The only good thing in patent news lately is that there is a period after the award of the patent during which objections to it may be filed. Many patents awarded amount to patents on gravity.

  • FMJ

    because they are letting Sigma earn that money….

    saw a rumor regarding both 24mm/35mm F1.8 from Sigma, and they both fit FF too. and without the Canon pricing

  • TTTulio

    They do have those lenses for DSLR. Maybe this ones are for their mirrorless.

    • These lenses have a large back focus enough to clear a FF mirror.

      So, hopefully they’re not for a mirrorless system. If they are, these lenses are going to be just as big as the SLR/DSLR versions… sort of defying the purpose of mirrorless cameras. Unless of course, Canon’s not aiming for portability with their future mirrorless system.

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