Canon May Have Seven More Amazing RF Lenses Due for Release in 2020

Canon May Have Seven More Amazing RF Lenses Due for Release in 2020

Canon seems to be a little bit shy about announcing the lenses for the new RF mount that are due to appear in 2020. The official roadmap is still a little thin, but rumors are emerging, and we could see a total of seven lenses in the next ten months.

Two are already confirmed: the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM, which is effectively a kit lens given its low price (just $399) and versatility, and at only 13.93 oz (305 g), it’s quite light, too. There’s also the 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM which is a much more serious piece of glass for which we await further details.

The other five lenses are subject to a lot of speculation, but Canon Rumors has compiled a list:

  • Canon RF 10-24mm f/4L USM
  • Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L USM
  • Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM
  • Canon RF 85mm f/1.8 IS STM
  • Canon RF 70-135mm f/2L USM

The 50mm f/1.8 would tie in with the nifty fifty rumors that started circulating last year, and the 85mm f/1.8 would then complete a trio of not-quite-so-fast primes to go with the 35mm f/1.8 that was announced in 2018. 

After a long wait, it feels that Canon is on its way to producing glass for its mirrorless cameras that isn’t designed for top-end pros and those with deep pockets.

The 35mm f/1.2L will be an excellent companion to the 50mm f/1.2 L that has drawn high praise since its launch, demonstrating that Canon is keen to make the most of the reduced flange distance and make f/1.2 the new normal when it comes to fast primes. The other lens that’s certain to raise eyebrows on that list is the 70-135mm f/2L, which is line with Canon's intent on shifting our notion of what makes up the holy trinity of fast zooms.

Is Canon going to announce more killer glass? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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9 Comments

JetCity Ninja's picture

I’m not sure if I like Canon’s idea that high-ISO performance justifies ever smaller max apertures in vari-aperture zooms.

The slower, variable aperture zooms are a direct result of the endless clamoring they see on the web for compact, lower cost lenses.
I also believe there is some question as to whether some of them may be for an as-yet unannounced APS-C camera body as the image height on the patent mentions 16mm.

That doesn't explain the 100-500 4.5-7.1 L though. That's not going to be a cheap lens.

Relative to what?

That 7.1 is tough... Probably a child of advancements in ISO performance.

Tony Tumminello's picture

Any tougher than getting a 140-560mm f6.3-8 when you use a 1.4x teleconverter on a 100-400mm lens? With this new 100-500mm you still retain 100mm + f4.5 at the wide end, but you get the option of going longer if you want and without needing a separate accessory to do so. It might also mean keeping the filter diameter the same as the EF 100-400mm which can be nice for those which have investments there too.

People always find something positive :)

It was tough at 105/7.1 ;)

Tony Tumminello's picture

Haha, well that's a different beast altogether. I often hear a lot of people who seem to want smaller and lighter lenses for mirrorless, then when that's delivered upon (with the required designs to hit those goals) it always seems to be "No, not like that" backpedaling. At least in the case of the 24-105mm, there's the f4L option available which should, in theory, make people in both camps happy.

Greg Milunich's picture

I'm waiting for te 10-24 f/4L USM. I love wide angle lens but since I'm a hobbyist the price tag on the 15-35 is a bit steep. Hoping it would be light to match my RP would really help reduce weight then I go hike.