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Canon May Finally Update 85mm F/1.8, 100mm F/2, and 135mm F/2L

By Anthony Thurston on January 22nd 2014

According to a report out of the Canon rumor mill, it has been learned that Canon has some new patents regarding some sorely needed updates to their lens line. Specifically, it appears that Canon will be continuing its latest trend of adding IS to all its mid-range glass.


The Canon 85mm f/1.8 and 100mm F/2 are both really great lenses. I personally chose the Canon 100mm F/2 over the 85mm f/1.8 and I love it. I know that the lens was first released over 20 years ago, and it is in dire need of an update. I am not sure I would use IS at the 100mm focal range, but since the majority of my shooting is handheld and I like to dabble in video, IS is a welcome feature in my mind.

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In addition to those two lower level lenses, Canon also has a new patent regarding IS in a new version of the very popular and highly regarded Canon 135mm F/2L (one of my all time favorite Canon primes). I am not sure that EVERY lens in the lineup needs to have IS, especially when it will add quite a bit more money to the price tag of these lenses. That said, with video becoming more and more popular on these DSLRs, Image Stabilization has become a highly requested feature due to its ability to mitigate the shake caused by hand holding the camera.

*It is, of-course, important to note that patents do not always become a reality. But, I would say there is a pretty good chance these lenses are updated sooner than later – IS or not.

Do you want IS in your mid-range glass, or would you prefer that Canon keep the price down and release without IS?

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I am really curious what you all think about this. Vote in the poll above or leave a comment below and let me know. Specifically, do you like IS in these lenses or would you prefer that Canon just update the optical design and keep the price around the same?

[via Canon Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

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  1. iliketag

    I’m not sure an extra thousand dollars would warrant the purchase of a 135 with IS. I spent around $700 on mine brand new with a lot of luck and playing sales/coupons. It costing around 2k would definitely be a downer.

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  2. Bill from NYC

    I use the 135mm and 85mm in the studio so I really do not need IS. But my 135mm is sharp lens and wonder how are they going to improve on this?

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  3. Jeff Hamm

    135mm f/2L IS all the way!! I’d definetely sell my 70-200 IS for a new IS 135mm with image stabilizer if it stays light as original 135mm!

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    • Anthony Thurston

      The IS will definitely add some weight, no way around that. I am more worried about them mucking up a good thing, the 135 is about as good as it gets as far as IQ and sharpness go in my opinion.

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  4. Bob

    The 135 was released in 1996. Canon getting a patent published doesnt suggest they will rush it to market. May be another two years and cost similar to the 85L. Pros won’t care if it costs 2 grand.

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    • Anthony Thurston

      As I stated in the article, a patent doesn’t mean it will happen. BUT, given the rumors that this year will be a BIG year for Canon lenses, and the fact that these are some of the oldest Canon lenses in the lineup it is not a stretch to think that these could be some of the lenses included in this big year for lenses.

      I also disagree, Pros do care if it costs 2 grand… just because they pay it doesn’t mean they don’t care. If they don’t need the IS many may stick with their current versions.

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  5. Elena

    This is definitely making my day. I kept putting off purchasing the 135 2.0 in hopes of a new version being released. It will definitely be worth the wait for weddings!

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