Canon EF 70-200mm F2.8 DO in the works, patent suggests

70-200mm F2.8 DO

A Canon patent for a 70-200mm F2.8 DO (Diffractive Optics) lens. The patent was spotted by Egami, and they suggest this lens could hit the market before 2020, as replacement for the Canon EF 70-200 F2.8L IS.

It’s also suggested that this lens is 8K ready, i.e. ready to work with an 8K DSLR.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-80877
    • Published 2016.5.16
    • Filing date 2014.10.17
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.69
    • Focal length 72.15 134.00 193.98
    • F-number 2.91 2.91 2.91
    • Angle of view 16.69 9.17 6.36
    • Image height 21.64
    • The total lens length 223.50 223.50 223.50
    • BF 45.35 45.35 45.35
  • [0006] Conventional full high definition (number of pixels 1920 × 1080, pixel size number .mu.m) If image quality equivalent was sufficient in the conventional example as described in patent documents mentioned above. However, Super Hi-Vision (the number of pixels 8000 × 4000, pixel size 1μm before and after) for the future sought image quality, such as, is not sufficient in the imaging performance of conventional zoom lens. Therefore, further improvement of performance (in particular, reduction of the chromatic aberration amount) is required.
  • Canon patent
    • DOE ( diffractive optical element )
    • Inner zoom (Examples 2 and 3)
    • Inner focus
    • Floating (Examples 1, 4)
[via Egami]

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Canon patent for 11mm F4L USM lens

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This could be a very cool lens, if the optical formula described in this Canon patent will ever go into production. Canon filed a patent for a 11mm F4L USM lens. The optical formula appears to refer to a relatively small lens with good control of optical distortions.

  • Patent Publication No. 2016-81005
    • Published 2016.5.16
    • Filing date 2014.10.22
  • Example
    • Focal length 11.33 11.47
    • F-number 4.11 4.12
    • Half angle of 62.36 62.08
    • Image height 21.64 21.64
    • Overall length of the lens 109.13 109.12
    • BF 38.90 38.40
  • [0003]However, even in the little lens distortion, by the emphasis of perspective, it may appear to be distorted photographic image. Furthermore, suitable amount of distortion varies depending on the subject and the composition to be photographed. For this reason, it is required that the distortion in the variable.
  • Canon patent
    • It is less distortion in the normal state
    • A large distortion in the distortion change state
[via Egami]

Canon Announce Four New Media for the Fine Art and Production Markets

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Canon press release:

Canon Continues Large Format Momentum with Four New Media for the Fine Art and Production Markets

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 15, 2016 – Expanding upon the excitement of the imagePROGRAF PRO Series, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of four new large format media options, including three media for the fine arts and photography market, as well as a signage media that can be used outdoors. The Photo Paper Pro Platinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster, and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media, previously available in cut sheet for the imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 printer users, are now available in 100-foot rolls for those images that were meant to be printed in large format. The first of its kind to be added to the imagePROGRAF media lineup, the Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene paper expands the applications available for imagePROGRAF large format printers.

Fine Arts and Photography Media
Providing photographers with an outstanding medium for their images, the Photo Paper ProPlatinum, Photo Paper Pro Luster and Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte media are available in widths of 17, 24, 36 and 42-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length. Leveraging the image performance of the newly developed LUCIA PRO pigment ink, these newmedia are great for customers with 12-channel models, including the new imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 and PRO-4000 printers.

For prints with vivid color and deep blacks, the durable Photo Paper Pro Platinum (300gsm) provides excellent color fastness, to help minimize fading or running. Another medium offering ample fade-resistance, the Photo Paper Pro Luster paper (260gsm), features a calm texture that is resistant to the effects of lighting, making it suitable for exhibition and gallery settings. This photo paper also dries quickly for easy handling. The Photo Paper Pro Premium Matte (210gsm) offers professionals and skilled amateurs a media with smooth surface quality for outstanding color performance. Great for printing black-and-white photography, this paper provides a natural whiteness, thickness and smooth texture while also offering superb gradations.

Outdoor Media
With this newly developed, Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene media, posters can now be displayed outdoors for up to six months without lamination.* The durable, synthetic medium uses a binder for water and light resistance, helping to prevent the ink-receiving layer from peeling. The addition of a UV absorber limits density reduction on printed areas to help keep output vibrant over time while exposed to sunlight.

Best-suited for the production signage and poster printing markets, this new media is compatible with existing imagePROGRAF pigment printers, including the new PRO Series and the imagePROGRAF branded 12-color, eight-color and six-color devices. At 115gsm, this paper is available in widths of 24, 36, 42 and 54-inch rolls, all 100 feet in length.

“Whether printing a photo to be hung in a gallery or outdoor signage subject to the elements, image quality should be consistently vibrant and beautiful from the moment a picture is captured to the time it leaves the printer,” said Toyo Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “With these new media, large format customers can expect their prints will be created with the same Canon quality they have come to know and love.”

Availability
These new media are now available for purchase through authorized Canon dealers. The new imagePROGRAF PRO Series Large Format printers are now available for ordering and will ship mid-June.

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Price increase for Canon gear coming June 19 [CW4]

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As anticipated a month ago (though we were wrong on the exact date), Canon will raise prices for their products after June 19.

According to my information there will be a general price increase by 2.7% on all imaging products, with some exceptions. Six mid-range DSLR models will see an increase between 6% and 11.5%, and 38 lenses will increase between 11% and 12.7%.

Mail-in rebate schema may also change.