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Gear Rumors

Canon Working on a New EF-M 85mm F/1.8?

By Anthony Thurston on June 17th 2015

Beyond the disappointment of Canon’s first two bodies in their mirrorless line, there has been a serious lack of attention to the lens lineup as well. Many reports I have seen have painted a different picture of the latest Canon body, the M3, calling it a solid mirrorless body with a glaring flaw – native lens selection.


Canon’s EF-M lenses are very amateur currently, with a couple of kit lenses that have been updated multiple times, and one really nice 22mm prime that is pretty much the only decently fast lens available natively. The interesting thing is this new rumor that just cropped up.

According to the report over on Canon Rumors, they have received a tip that Canon is working on an 85mm f/1.8 in the EF-M mount. This would be huge news, not just because it is another good lens for the EF-M mount, but because it would signal that Canon is indeed serious about building up and supporting its malnourished mirrorless system.

The question is, if they are indeed going to start taking their mirrorless system seriously, when they decide to re-enter the US and Euro markets (which up to this point, have not seen the latest, and vastly improved, EOS M3).

What are your thoughts on this? Would you like to see Canon reinvigorate the EF-M line with some high-quality lenses like an 85 F/1.8? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via CR]

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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.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Thomas Horton

    Probably should not use the word “amateur” as a verb.

    It ain’t writing English good. :)

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  2. adam sanford

    Please forgive the skepticism, but I give this approximately a zero percent chance of happening:

    1) An 85mm on a crop rig in the ~ 135mm ballpark. That’s a specialist portraiture length which would not even a top 10 ask by the crop market today.

    2) Canon doesn’t sell crop-only primes unless the words ‘macro’ or ‘pancake’ are in the equation. Canon wants people to migrate to EF mount glass and will not sex up a crop lens pipeline with exclusive glass.

    3) If Canon *was* to start making EOS-M a priority with dedicated lenses, a fast standard zoom and a macro are far, far more pressing needs.

    So I don’t see this happening. Now, tell me that the 20 year old *EF 85 f/1.8 USM* is getting a refresh, perhaps with IS, and you’d get a vigorous thumbs up from the Canon camp.

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    • Brian McCue

      What he ^ said!

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    • Stan Rogers

      When I was a kid (admittedly a rather long time ago), a 50mm and a 135mm were a pretty standard kit on a 35mm SLR — Pentax even sold that *as* a kit with a body. Those were the days when zooms, well, sucked. A 135-equivalent is a pretty darned versatile lens, and it would be very compact compared to a long zoom that happens to include that length.

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    • adam sanford

      Those debates rage on, Stan.

      Even in the wildly futuristic sounding year of 2015, I still see folks argue the best pair of primes you can walk around with. There’s a 24 / 50 camp, a 35 / 85 camp, and a fairly vocal 50 / 135 camp. You are not alone.

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