Canon is apparently getting ready to introduce a new lens technology to the world. It’s called “defocus smoothing,” and it’ll appear as a DS feature abbreviation on future lenses.
Canon will reportedly be unveiling at least 6 different new RF full-frame mirrorless cameras on February 14th. Here’s the list that Canon Rumors is hearing:
- Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM
- Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM
- Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS
As you can see, there are two different 85mm f/1.2L lenses on the way, one with a mysterious “DS” feature and one without.
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While it’s unclear what defocus smoothing will do, Canon Rumors is guessing that DS lenses will have improved out of focus areas, or “bokeh.”
“There have been a lot of patents over the last few years for Canon lenses with apodization filters, which could be related to the Defocus Smoothing we’re seeing here,” Canon Rumors writes.
The existing Canon 85mm f/1.2L II is already a lens that’s prized for its bokeh, so any improvement on the bokeh of an 85mm f/1.2 will certainly be something to behold.
An official announcement of Defocus Smoothing technology should land on Thursday, so stay tuned!