List of Canon Nano USM Lenses

I was unable to find a list of Canon’s Nano USM lenses, so I thought I would create one. Nano USM (ultrasonic motor) is Canon’s latest generation of lens motors, combining the speed of USM motors with the silent action of their STM motors. If you’ve heard news of a new Nano USM lens and I haven’t listed it, please let me know below.

Lenses which have the Nano USM

  1. EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
  2. EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

See further below for a Nano USM vs STM video comparison and some history on Nano USM lenses.

EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM
Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM

Pricing

The Canon 18-135mm IS USM was released in March, 2016, as the improved version of the previous Canon 18-135mm IS STM lens. Generally regarded as an upgrade to the normal 18-55mm IS STM kit lens, the 18-135mm IS USM features the new Nano USM as well as the ability to be used with the Canon PZ-E1 zoom adapter. This lens has received generally positive feedback for being an “all-rounder”, especially for those looking to get into DSLR video-making. Note that this lens has an EF-S mount, meaning it will work on Canon APS-C cameras, but not full frame ones.

Specifications

  • Focal range: 18-135mm
  • Aperture range: f/3.5-5.6
  • Mount: EF-S (APS-C)
  • Image stabilisation: Yes
  • Motor: Nano USM
  • Weight: 515g
  • Released: March 2016
  • Official page: Canon EF-S 18-135mm IS USM

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

Pricing

The Canon 70-300mm ISM II USM was released in September, 2016, replacing the previous version, the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. Unlike most other lenses, the Nano USM version of the 70-300mm has an LCD screen, which provides the user various information about the shooting environment. Such factors include:

  1. Focusing distance
  2. Focal length
  3. Camera shake amount

as well as having the ability to reverse its black and white display pixels depending on the user’s preference. Note that this lens has an EF mount, meaning it will work on both APS-C and full frame cameras by Canon.

Specifications

  • Focal range: 70-300mm
  • Aperture range: f/4-5.6
  • Mount: EF (Full frame and APS-C)
  • Image stabilisation: Yes
  • Motor: Nano USM
  • Weight: 710g
  • Released: September 2016
  • Official page: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM

Nano USM Lenses Background Information

Canon USM vs Canon STM Speed

Canon produced a quick video which demonstrates how fast the Nano USM auto-focus speed is versus the STM motor in the 18-135mm lens.

It would be interesting to see the difference in other Nano USM lenses.



History of Nano USM Development

Nano USM was developed as a challenge for Canon to combine the auto-focus speed of its USM motors with the quiet action of its STM motors. The motor itself is surprisingly small, and works using vibration along the length of the lens to extend or contract the focusing elements. The official video below shows more about how this works:

Supported Auto-Focus Systems

Only certain Canon cameras work with Nano USM lenses for its intended smooth video performance. These cameras include those with Canon’s Hybrid AF or Dual-Pixel AF systems.

More information

For more information about Canon’s Nano USM lenses, check out the following links:

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