It looks like electronic info displays are becoming a new norm for camera lenses. A new patent filed by Canon suggests that the company’s next 18-55mm kit lens will feature an LCD display.
The info display is found next to the AF/MF and IS ON/OFF toggle switches.
Canon followed suit in September 2016 by introducing its first built-in display in the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II.
The display on the 70-300mm has different modes that show a distance scale with depth of field markers, current focal length, the current 35mm equivalent focal length if you’re shooting on a crop sensor body, and a graphic display of detected lens shake.
Zeiss Batis lenses cost over $1,000, and Canon’s 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II costs around $500. Canon’s current 18-55mm kit lens costs just $200 and is bundled with entry-level cameras, so introducing a built-in LCD display in the next affordable 18-55mm would be a big step in making built-in displays a ubiquitous lens feature used by the masses.