The glass released by Canon for its full frame mirrorless cameras over the last 18 months has been impressive, and has commanded some pretty meaty price tags to match. It’s now rumored that more lower-end lenses are in the pipeline in the shape of a nifty fifty and an f/2.8 pancake.
A few months ago I wondered why an RF nifty fifty didn’t seem to be on Canon’s radar. While it would be nice to think that Canon was listening, it’s much more likely that it was one step ahead of me and, according to Canon Rumors, is now plotting the release of an affordable RF 50mm f/1.8 for some time this year.
Canon Rumors is also reporting that a pancake f/2.8 will also appear very shortly, perhaps inside the next six months. The wonderfully affordable EF 40mm f/2.8 is one of my favorite lenses, and smaller, cheaper lenses will certainly make the EOS RP more appealing to enthusiasts who don’t need super-fast glass and appreciate the compact size.
What will prove to be interesting is Canon’s choice for the nifty fifty. The refreshingly cheap EF 50mm f/1.8 STM has almost legendary status in the history of Canon DSLRs, and, at around $125, there are few lenses that offer so much for so little money. Canon might be tempted to replicate this budget option, but it may prefer to opt for something more expensive, and closer to Nikon’s mirrorless nifty, the NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S which sells for just under $600.
Given the RF 35mm f/1.8 comes in at $449, my guess is somewhere in between, but this is from the guy who wondered why a nifty fifty wasn’t on Canon’s radar, so take that into account. I might still be right in my suggestion that the truly budget option might be a thing of the past, however. Be gentle.
Which should Canon go for? Cheap and cheerful in keeping with EF history, or something a little more expensive? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.