Canon Develops Blue Spectrum Refractive Lens Element

Canon has announced that they have developed Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR), a new optical element that corrects chromatic aberrations at an extremely high level.

Offering characteristics that significantly refract blue light, which lies within the short-wavelength range, Blue Refractive (BR) optical elements are employed on the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM wide-angle lens, which is scheduled to go on sale in October 2015.

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Canon Develops New Camera-Lens Optical Element That Enables Extremely High Levels of Chromatic Aberration Correction

August 27, 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., has developed Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR), a new optical element for use in camera lenses that corrects chromatic aberrations at an extremely high level to achieve superb imaging performance.

The new Canon-developed BR optical element offers characteristics that significantly refract blue light, which lies within the short-wavelength range, to achieve impressive levels of chromatic aberration correction for outstanding imaging performance. The BR optical element, positioned between two glass lens elements to create a BR lens, will make its debut in the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM wide-angle fixed-focal-length lens, which is scheduled to go on sale in October 2015.

Natural light, or white light, comprises a spectrum of wavelengths, or colors, each of which realizes a unique refractive index when passing through a lens. As all colors do not converge on the same point, this disparity causes chromatic aberrations, or color fringing, to occur in an image.

Canon develops optical elements by reviewing organic optical materials, beginning with the design of molecular structures, with the aim of achieving optimal chromatic aberration correction that suppresses color fringing. With the successful development of the BR optical element, which offers unique light-dispersion characteristics that significantly refract blue light — a wavelength that, until now, had proven particularly difficult to converge to a specific focal point — Canon is able to develop lenses that result in outstanding imaging performance by correcting chromatic aberrations at an exceptionally high level.