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Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L exists in prototypes, seen in the field, US Patent Filed, Canon Ready for Production ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿ˜Ž

January 25, 2015

๐Ÿ”  Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L exists in prototypes, and seen in the field, rumors have it… However, Patent Diagrams and Patent filings are not Rumors; Patents are the beginning of a very long path to an actual product release. The Factory folks have to price the Lens Formula, Canon financial analysts have to determine the overall Cost to Deliver, Canon Marketing team determines client need, and suitable retail delivery price. Once these Key steps are assembled, Canon’s Executive team decides IF to proceed, or WHEN to go into production. It is believed that in the scheme of things Canon is at the WHEN segment of the product flow-chart.

๐Ÿ”  Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L Rumors are getting Louder and Louder. Since Nikon and Sigma have had this Focal Length formula built into zoom lenses for quite some time, it is Now time for Canon to get with the program. Recent chatter indicates that this lens will likely be a 2014 item, possible announcement early in the year.

๐Ÿ”  One may ask, and to be sure Canon has asked their field-engineers, is it really necessary to have the wide portion of the zoom go to 14mm. When one mounts an ultra wide zoom, like the 16-35mm f2.8L onto a Full Frame Canon 5D3, when at zooming from 20mm to 16mm, renders an amazing change in perspective. Being able to zoom further to 14mm would be amazing. Today we have to change lenses, placing the 14mm L Prime into action. For HD Video, News, Journalism, 14-24mm zooms will be the “steady Eddy” always mounted lens.

๐Ÿ”  Is Canon going wider with a New very-high quality ultra-wide “L” zoom lens…That is the Question for 2014. Having learned of the likely existence of an EF 14-24 f/2.8L recently, a lens that a lot of people, Canon SLR users, want to see this formula come to fruition, sooner rather than later.

๐Ÿ”  In effort to supply some evicence of this design formula blow are actual segments of Canon’s US Patent filing. The Link below the image is a PDF file of the Actual 22 page Patent Filing. Notice that the filing is dated September 15, 2009 indicating that Canon has been contemplating this ultra-wide design for quite a few years. Although one would have to be an experienced US Patent Attorney to understand the writings, the Patent Filing is displayed to demonstrate that this lens formula exists and s owned by Canon for over 4 years.

http://patentimages.storage.googleapis.com/pdfs/US7589905.pdf

๐Ÿ”  Canon is apparently considering going wider with a 14-24 f2.8L formula. There have been a number of 10 year old “L” lens designs that are due for a “refresh” (such as the 100-400mm L zoom and the 28-300mm L zoom, both extremely popular and “long-in-the-tooth”). Coupled these schedule demands with the Tsunami that drastically effected Northern Japan’s industrial areas, Canon has been rearranging their time-tables for their Lens delivery schedules.

๐Ÿ”  As an owner of Canon’s 16-35mm f2.8L II, which we really appreciate its optical performance; I may have to take a Very Serious Look at a Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L when it comes to market. Will this be a $2500 item? Canon has a quality 14mm 2.8L Prime lens, which we’ve owned and used; Therefore we know Canon can get to 14mm for FF Digital cameras in very fine fashion. To see an “L” zoom covering this range of 14-24mm would be terrific coupled to our 5D3 for Still and HDTV Video clip-coverage. The Patent Diagrams above make it clear that Canon has the Lens FORMULA for this zoom range with excellent optical performance.

๐Ÿ”  The EF 14-24 f/2.8L lens would make a terrific supplement to having a Canon EF 24-70 f2.8L Zoom II among others. Personally, because Canon is capable of creating Very High Resolution “L” zoom lenses, I perfer having several high quality “L” Zoom lenses like presently. Notice that we always go for “L” zoom lenses having the desired focal length at the mid-point of the zoom range.

1โƒฃ Canon 16-35mm f2.8L zoom

2โƒฃ Canon 24-70mm f2.8L zoom

3โƒฃ Canon 70-200m f2.8L zoom,

4โƒฃ Canon 100-400mm IS L Zoom, added for the Sports Shooter.

5โƒฃ Canon 28-300mm IS f3.5L Zoom, added when changing lenses in the Field is simply not practicle.

6โƒฃ The alternative to the above 5-lenses displayed, is having many “Prime” Lenses, and potentially too many lens changes for “field work.”

๐Ÿ”  With 1โƒฃ + 2โƒฃ + 3โƒฃ above, this 3 Zoom Lens-Trifecta, you’d have total focal length coverage from 16-200mm, at a constant aperature of f2.8L, Plus the very popular 100-400 IS L zoom for an incredible focal range. If in the field, one could carry two Canon DSLR Bodies, to give focal length coverage for 90% of the shoot.

7โƒฃ The alternative to 6โƒฃ above is a TWO Lens Quinella, 1โƒฃ + 5โƒฃ where you’d have total focal length coverage from 16-300mm, both having “L” quality Optics and Build quality and an incredible focal range, giving up only the f2.8 constant aperature feature. This may be THE choice for our shop.

8โƒฃ The alternative to 7โƒฃ above is a THREE Lens Kit, 1โƒฃ + 2โƒฃ + 4โƒฃ where you’d have total focal length coverage from 16-300mm, both having “L” quality Optics and Build quality and an incredible focal range, giving up the f2.8 constant aperature feature, and you’d be loosing 29mm of focal-range from 71mm-99mm assuming this not a hot spot for what you capture. Honestly, I’m waiting for Canon to deliver the rumored 2nd “II” version of their hugely popular 100-400mm IS Zoom (I’ve written a separate article on this topic). Its been 12 years since Canon engineered the present version, its time for a modern version with an enhanced IS module, and renewed Optical and Materials implementation.

8โƒฃ Admittedly, years ago I was a “Prime Lens” purist, having $25,000 with 8 of Canon’s finest “L” Primes . Today with Canon’s 7D, 5D Mark III, or Canon 1DX, with Canon’s finest computer aided design team, capability with Canon’s best optical engineers, combining with very high-tech Canon exclusive Glass Formulations. Canon “L” Zoom Lenses offer incredible high resolution, high light transmittance, and excellent saturation.

โœ” We’ve also been told that a Canon EF 12-24 f/2.8L also exists in prototype form and could become a product instead of the EF 14-24 f/2.8L. I can only recall Sigma making such a lens for full frame cameras. Going this wide would certainly put some space between the less costly (assuming based on Canon pricing history) EF 17-40 f/4L $800 and more pricey EF 16-35 f/2.8L II at $1500, likely exceeding say $2200.

โœ” We have heard of a possible EF 12-24 f/2.8L, no visible “Patent Applications” though, so take it with a “few pounds of salt.” As the Canon 16-35mm f2.8L has several interations, perhaps its time for a wider, syper-wide “L” lens. However, we do not want to play “Marketing Executive” for Canon. The Patent Diagram of the 14mm “L” Zoom is REAL, the image of the “Canon 14mm zoom Lens” is not necessarily so.

Rumor ID: Canon EF 14-24 f/2.8L .

Rumor Rating: โญโญโญโญ Viability Rated by Jimmy

Rumor Viability Comment: Patents are Real, the Question is When will an actual product be delivered, recent comments say 2013 is the year for it.


โœ” This lines-scetch is a real diagram abstracted from Canon’s Patent Application filing. Therefore we know that Canon has done the engineering of this lens design, and has enough confidence its design and commercialization that it spent the Legal Fees to make the filing. However, many patents don’t result to products delivered. Personally, I would give this lens serious consideration, as its perfect for photojournalish, which is a major portion of our imaging and video coverage.

โœ” The image below is a real NIKON lens attached to a Canon Digital camera. These are the images that make Canon crazy; where a Canon Camera owner would couple a Nikon Lens to it with a “cheeter adapter.” Mounting a ZEISS lens onto Canon is “fair game” as ZEISS is well known for delivering amazing image resolution, and where ZEISS is not in the Digital SLR Camera business.

โœ” Having personally owned Canon’s 14mm f2.8L prime lens, shown here, notice the extreme convex surface of the outer element. If and when Canon decides to go into Commercial Production for a 14-24mm Ultra-Wide L zoom, one would have to give it serious consideration. My guess Expect an over $2200 price, I stress guess.


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