According to the latest Canon rumor buzz, it looks as if there could be a new 16-35mm F/2.8L lens coming down the pipe from Canon.


In the Canon Rumors report, the admin points out that he received a tip last week, which he dismissed, saying that a new Canon 16-35mm F/2.8L was in the works. As he put it, at the time it seemed unlikely – he didn’t even post the rumor. Then earlier today, a new 16-35mm F/2.8L patent emerged over on Egami, and now the CR admin is changing his tune, bumping up the rumor to CW3 status.

The current 16-35mm F/2.8L II was originally released back in 2007, so it wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility that the lens could be updated, though I can think of plenty of other lenses in more need of an update.

New Canon 16-35mm F/2.8L Patent Details


  • Patent Publication No. 2014-206674
    • Published 2014.10.30
    • Filing date 2013.4.15
  • Example 1
    • Zoom ratio 2.06
    • Focal length f = 16.49-23.74-33.94mm
    • Fno. 2.91
    • Half angle of view ω = 52.69-42.35-32.51 °
    • BF 38.74-48.38-63.65mm

I have to admit, it would seem odd to me if Canon is really refreshing the 16-35mm F/2.8L II already. That said, the lens is 8 years old, so I guess that is not exactly new, but as I said above, there are several lenses I can think of that need an update more than the 16-35mm F/2.8L II.

What do you think? Does the 16-35mm F/2.8L II need a refresh, or are there other Canon lenses you would like to see updated first? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think. 

[via Canon Rumors]