It might not be official yet, but thanks to a few leaked images, we now have a first look at Canon’s upcoming EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS lens and an interesting little device called the Canon Power Adapter.
The images, which first appeared on Digi-came give us a glimpse at the third-iteration of Canon’s long-range zoom lens. While we don’t have any of the details as far as internal specs though, what we do know is that it features an interesting new design that adds electronic contacts and an extra gear on the bottom of the lens.
Alone, this doesn’t seem to make much sense, but when you take into account that the leak also includes photos of the Canon Power Adapter, everything starts to fall in place. The Canon Power Adapter will be an external device that attaches to the bottom of Canon lenses to allow for electronic zoom.
In the image of the Canon Power Adapter, we can see the obvious ’T’ and ‘W’ settings on a toggle, which will presumably allow you to zoom in much like a traditional video camera or point and shoot would. Below that, we can also see a toggle for ‘slow’ and ‘fast’ modes, which we can safely assume will change the speed of the zoom function. Another toggle can be seen, but it’s not clear what it says.
It’ll be interesting to see what future Canon lenses will gain support for the Canon Power Adapter. It seems like it would be of the most benefit to those who use Canon DSLRs for video, but still photographers might also find some use for it.
That said, it’s likely that this lens will come as a kit option with Canon’s yet-to-be-announced EOS 80D camera.
We’ll be sure to share the news when the EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 IS lens and Canon Power Adapter become official.