This could be an interesting bit of news should it turn out to be legit. According to a new patent discovered by Canon patent stalkers, Canon is developing – or is at least trying to develop – an image stabilized tilt-shift lens.
The nature of a tilt-shift makes image stabilization an interesting puzzle to solve, since the user is manually changing the position of important optical elements in ways that don’t happen in normal lenses. But the really tricky part, is the space between the tilting part of the lens, and the lens mount. On most tilt shift lenses, that space is very limited, so adding image stabilization there is an interesting conundrum.
Still. It appears, at least based on this patent, that Canon has developed a method by which they think they could pull it off. The question is if they will actually produce a lens that takes advantage of it. The patent details are below for those interested:
Canon Tilt-Shift IS Patent Details
Patent Publication No. 2015-99216 (Google Translated)
- Published 2015.5.28
- Filing date 2013.11.18
- Anti-vibration possible tilt-shift lens
- Possible anti-vibration while maintaining the tilt
- A first vibration proof group corresponding to the tilt, the second of vibration proof group corresponding to the shift
- Carry out the tilt vibration isolation of a shift anti-vibration, the telephoto side in the wide side
Now, Canon’s tilt-shift lenses are not exactly known to be cheap, so I can only imagine what these would cost if one made it to market. That said, the technology would be pretty cool, and definitely some people would be interested in paying for.
What are your thoughts on this tilt-shift IS technology? Would you like to see this make its way into a lens that comes to market? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!
[via Canon Rumors]