Canon Patent: Tilt-shift Lens With Internal Moving Elements

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A new Canon patent application for tilt-shift lenses with moving internal parts. Thanks Fred for the tip.

Canon patent application 20220155653 (USA) discusses optical formulas and methods for a tilt-shift lens with internal moving parts.

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Canon Patent: Electronic Control For Tilt-Shift Lenses

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A new Canon patent: electronic control for tilt-shift lenses.

Canon patent application 2022067506 (Japan) discusses how to implement electronic controls on tilt-shift lenses.

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To enable a user to intuitively and quickly perform an operation for tilting shooting.

By tilting or shifting a lens with respect to an image pickup surface, it is possible to obtain a tilting effect such as tilting a subject surface in focus with respect to the image pickup surface. Patent Document 1 has two operating rings on the outer periphery of the lens barrel, and the orientation (rotation position) of the tilt axis of the lens in the lens barrel around the optical axis can be changed by rotating the first operating ring. Disclosed is a lens device capable of changing the tilt direction around the tilt axis of a lens by rotating the second operating ring.

However, in the lens device disclosed in Patent Document 1, since the rotation operation direction of the second operation ring does not match the tilt direction of the actual lens, the user intuitively operates the second operation ring. May not be possible.

Moreover, since the orientation of the tilt axis changes due to the rotation of the first operating ring, the user confirms the orientation by visually observing the first operating ring before operating the second operating ring. Need to keep. Further, when adjusting the direction of the tilt axis to tilt the lens, the user needs to move his / her hand from the first operation ring to the second operation ring. For these reasons, it is difficult for the user to operate quickly.

The present invention provides a lens device that allows a user to intuitively and quickly perform an operation for tilting photography.

The drive unit 41 is fixed at a position on the outer periphery of the guide cylinder 31 at a position orthogonal to the tilt axis β from the optical axis α. The drive unit 41 is a motor (actuator) having a lead screw 411 that rotates around an axis parallel to the optical axis α, and generates a driving force that tilts the holding frame 22. The guide cylinder 31 is held by the fixed cylinder 51 so as to be rotatable around the optical axis α by bayonet coupling.

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Canon Patent: 200mm f/2, 300mm f/2.8 And 500mm f/4 (RF mount?)

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Canon patent application for some telephoto zooms, for the EOS R system I guess.

Canon patent application 2020196094 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for three telephoto zoom lenses:

  • 200mm f/2
  • 300mm f/2.8
  • 500mm f/4

As a shooting optical system having a long focal length, a so-called telephoto type shooting optical system is known. The telephoto type photographic optical system is used, for example, in a single focus super-telephoto lens.

In the photographing optical system described in Patent Document 1, the second lens group having a negative refractive power is moved during focusing. Here, the second lens group is arranged at a position relatively close to the first lens group, and it cannot be said that the focus group can be sufficiently reduced in size and weight.

An object of the present invention is to provide an optical system that is lightweight and has chromatic aberration and other aberrations satisfactorily corrected, and an image pickup apparatus having the same.

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Canon Patent: RF 9-18mm f/4 Wide Angle Zoom For EOS R System

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Here is a new Canon patent application, and it is a rather interesting one.

Canon patent application P2022065383 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for a RF 9-18mm f/4 wide angle zoom lens for the Canon EOS R system.

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a zoom lens which is compact and has high resolving power while having a wide angle of view.

With the increase in the number of pixels of an image pickup apparatus, there is a demand for a zoom lens having a wide angle and high optical performance. Patent Document 1 discloses a wide-angle zoom lens having a focal length at a wide-angle end of about 11 mm in terms of 35 mm and an angle of view of about 120 °.

However, when the zoom lens is widened, the refractive power of each lens constituting the zoom lens increases and the resolution decreases.

The present invention provides a zoom lens having a wide angle of view, yet being compact and having high resolving power.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 9.27-17.46
  • F value: 4.12
  • Half angle of view: 66.80-51.10
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Overall length: 130.07-127.77
  • Back focus: 11.00

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Canon Patent: RF 16-28mm f/2.8, RF 15-28mm f/2.8-4 and RF 15-28mm f/4-5.6 IS

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A new Canon patent, once again for RF mount lenses. Some interesting lenses, we might add.

Canon patent application 2022063727 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for three RF mount lenses:

  • RF 16-28mm f/2.8
  • RF 15-28mm f/2.8-4
  • RF 15-28mm f/4-5.6 IS

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a zoom lens having a wide angle of view, easy to manufacture, and having little aberration fluctuation due to scaling.

In the zoom lenses disclosed in Patent Documents 1 and 2, in order to satisfactorily correct distortion and curvature of field, aspherical lenses having a large uneven thickness and a large diameter are added to the first lens group and the second lens group. Is used. As a result, it is difficult to manufacture a zoom lens.

The present invention provides a zoom lens capable of satisfactorily correcting distortion and curvature of field while having a wide angle of view and being easy to manufacture.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 16.45-27.50
  • F value: 2.88
  • Half angle of view: 52.71-38.49
  • Image height: 19.00-21.64
  • Overall length: 134.57-119.35
  • Back focus: 14.07

Example 2

  • Focal length: 15.40-27.50
  • F value: 2.88-4.04
  • Half angle of view: 54.50-38.66
  • Image height: 19.00-21.64
  • Overall length: 114.50-110.87
  • Back focus: 14.15

Example 3

  • Focal length: 15.40-27.50
  • F value: 4.00-5.60
  • Half angle of view: 54.51-38.94
  • Image height: 19.00-21.64
  • Overall length: 103.50-103.50
  • Back focus: 14.20

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Canon Patent: 60-600mm f/4.5-8, 70-700mm f/4.7-8 And 80-800mm f/5.2-9 For RF Mount

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A new Canon patent application for RF mount super telephoto lenses.

Canon patent application 2022-53697 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for three super telephoto lenses, all for the RF mount:

  • 60-600mm f/4.5-8
  • 70-700mm f/4.7-8
  • 80-800mm f/5.2-9

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide a zoom lens capable of supporting a high-magnification telephoto zoom and having good optical performance in the entire zoom range, an image pickup device having the same, and an image pickup system.

In recent years, there has been a demand for a telephoto lens having a long focal length or a zoom lens capable of shooting up to a telephoto lens, which is different from a smartphone camera. In recent years, so-called mirrorless cameras without a quick return mirror have been proposed, but since the main body of the mirrorless camera is thin, compact and lightweight, a compact and lightweight interchangeable lens suitable for the mirrorless camera is required.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 61.50-585.00
  • F value: 4.46-8.16
  • Half angle of view: 19.38-2.12
  • Image height: 258.90-346.50
  • Overall length: 258.90-346.50
  • Back focus: 30.00-90.50

Example 2

  • Focal length: 70.00-682.00
  • F value: 4.76-8..16
  • Half angle of view: 17.18-1.82
  • Image height:
  • Overall length: 271.00-361.00
  • Back focus: 31.22-97.50

Example 3

  • Focal length: 81.60-784.00
  • F value: 5.23-9.18
  • Half angle of view: 14.85-1.58
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Overall length: 274.33-371.01
  • Back focus: 32.48-105.97

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