Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens Discontinued

Canon TS-E 135mm F/4L

Canon ceased production of the Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro. The lens has been discontinued.

The Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro was released in 2017, hence it is not that old. Never the less, it appears that Canon has decided its end of life has arrived. If we are not wrong, this is the first TS-E lens that gets discontinued.

However, B&H Photo still has the Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro Tilt-Shift Lens in stock and ready to ship. Guess trhe “discontinuation process” starts in Japan, from where the here reported news is coming from.

[via asobinet]

Canon Might Announce The Canon RF 135mm f/1.8L USM In Q4 2022

Nab 2023 Canon Eos R5 Mark Ii Canon Eos R8 CP+ 2024 Mark Ii Canon EOS Rf 24-50mm R6 Mark Ii Rf Mount Eos R6 Mark Ii Rf 300mm Rf 35mm Canon Eos R100 Rf 24mm F/1.8 Rf-s Canon Eos R7 Eos R100 Canon High Resolution Eos R R10 Eos C5 Canon Canon Eos R1 Eos R5c Canon Rf 16mm Rf 35mm F/1.2L EF Lenses Tilt-shift Lenses Rumor

After the RF 15-30mm IS STM and RF 24mm f/1.8 lenses rumor (see here), a new one surfaced for a Canon RF 135mm f/1.8L USM lens.

Canon might be set to release the RF 135mm f/1.8L USM at the end of 2022. The lens was already rumored a lot on 5channel and there is also a patent for it. The source of the rumor is rather confident about its reliability.

Stay tuned.

[via Canon Rumors]

Canon Patent: 135mm f/2 1:2 Macro And 200mm f/2.4 1:2 Macro Lenses

Canon Patent

And yet another Canon patent application: 135mm f/2 1:2 Macro And 200mm f/2.4 1:2 Macro Lenses.

Canon patent application 2022-22595 (Japan) discusses optical formulas for two macro lenses: 135mm f/2 1:2 M.

PROBLEM TO BE SOLVED: To provide an optical system capable of expanding a close range in a small size while suppressing the number of focus groups, and an image pickup apparatus having the same.

If the floating focusing method is used to increase the close-up magnification, the number of lenses in each group increases, and it is difficult to drive the focus group at high speed. In the lenses of Patent Document 1 and Patent Document 2, when the number of lenses in the focus group is reduced in order to realize high-speed drive, sufficient aberration performance cannot be obtained because the configuration of each group is not appropriate.

An object of the present invention is to provide an optical system capable of expanding a close range in a small size while suppressing the number of focus groups, and an image pickup apparatus having the same.

Example 1

  • Focal length: 133.0
  • F value: 2.05
  • Half angle of view: 9.24
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Shooting magnification: -0.5

Example 3

  • Focal length: 200.0
  • F value: 2.40
  • Half angle of view: 6.18
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Shooting magnification: -0.5

Example 4

  • Focal length: 199.9
  • F value: 2.80
  • Half angle of view: 6.18
  • Image height: 21.64
  • Shooting magnification: -1.00

The Canon patent application was spotted by More Canon patent applications are listed here. Some particularly interesting patent applications we think might get into production are these:

Mitakon Creator 135mm f/2.5 APO Portraits Lens For RF Mount Announced

Speedmaster 135mm

A new lens for your EOS R camera. The new Mitakon Creator 135mm f/2.5 lens is already available at their website. The US retail price is $299.

At a glance:

  • Aperture Range: f/2.5 to f/22
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Element
  • Manual Focus Design
  • Built-In Retractable Lens Hood
  • Internal Focusing
  • Minimal Focusing Breathing
  • Buttery Smooth Bokeh

Press release:

Shen Yang, 6th September, 2021 – Zhong Yi Optics, the leading wide-aperture lenses manufacturer in China, has rebuilt their old 135mm f/2.8 lens into 135mm f/2.5, available in Canon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z and Sony FE mounts. The new 135mm lens benefits working in difficult lighting, also offering great control on depth of field. The lens is composed by high quality ultra-low dispersion elements that forms ultra-sharp images with minimal chromatic aberration. Well-built with metallic housing, the focus throw is comparatively long to give accurate focus control.

Mitakon Creator 135mm f/2.5 renders an exquisite bokeh by 9 blades of circular aperture. The background is softly blended like butter. Great control of depth of field can be achieved with focus technique, offering high level of creative potential with the lens. The perfect separation of subject from the background makes the lens ideal for portrait photography.

Zhong Yi has improved the optical design of Mitakon Creator 135mm f/2.5 lens based on experience of producing 135mm lenses. 2 Super ED (extra-low dispersion) glass and 2 ultra-high refraction Index glass elements are precisely deployed to provide optimal sharpness. Images taken by it are showing sharp details even across the corners, with minimal field curvature to ensure the highest possible resolution is retained along edges of the area in frame.

Super ED and ultra-high refraction Index glasses incorporated design of Creator 135 f/2.5 lens help achieved the APO quality. Chromatic aberration is well suppressed to the slightest. No more distracting colour fringing is found along areas with highlighting parts over the image. A perfectly coloured, extraordinarily sharp portrait image with beautiful bokeh is achievable under strong lighting with this lens.

Speedmaster 135mm

Premium Built Quality with Retractable Hood

Clear scale marking on aperture ring and focus ring are embedded on the robust metal barrel. Long focus throw enables precise focusing on target objects. Lens hood is designed to be longer than it used to, helping to reduce lens flare and ghosting.

Internal Focusing and No Focus Breathing

The new 135mm has an internal focus design, on which no extension/retraction on the lens housing when adjusting the focus ring. Filters, matt boxes, or other camera accessories can be mounted on it solidly. Focus breathing is designed to be minimal that the transition of shifting area in focus will be silky smooth.

Speedmaster 135mm


Focal Length135mm
Lens Elements9 Elements in 7 Groups
Angle of View18.2°
Minimum Focus Distance1m (3.94’)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.1x
Filter Thread67mm
Size(diameter*height)79mm x 137mm (3.11” x 5.39”)
Weight845g (1.86lbs)
MountsCanon EF, Canon RF, Nikon F, Nikon Z, Sony FE

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO review (superb creative tool, ePhotozine)

Canon TS-E 135mm F/4L MACRO

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO at a glance:

  • EF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/45
  • Two Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Subwavelength Coating
  • Maximum Tilt: +/- 10°
  • Maximum Shift: +/- 12mm
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.6′
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.5x

ePhotozine reviewed the new Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO, a specialised, tilt-shift lens. This is a Canon L lens, everything is top notch. Unfortunately, the price is too, $2,199.

ePhotozine’s conclusion:

The Canon range of tilt and shift lenses is unique and impressive, and without a doubt, if there is a commercial need for what they offer then they will be purchased for that purpose and the price will be acceptable. The fact that it is a macro lens as well as a tilt and shift lens is a very powerful combination.

The Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro is a beautiful lens and has the potential to produce beautiful and unique results, but for an amateur purchase, we would need deep pockets. However, for some, it might be a possibility and it would be a very desirable lens to own. Read the review…

ePhotozine gives the TS-E 135mm f/4L Macro a rating of 4.5/5 (highly recommended).

Canon TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO

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