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.
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