Recently, rumors emerged saying that the Canon EOS R6 Mark II's release was imminent. That story continues, and it seems that in addition to the new camera next month, we will also see a mirrorless version of one of Canon's most legendary lessons.
Canon Rumors is reporting that in addition to the EOS R6 Mark II being released next month, the company will probably announce the RF 135mm f/1.8K IS USM lens. The EF 135mm f/2L was one of the company's most well-known DSLR lenses. It offered a lot of the optical qualities of the legendary 85mm f/1.2L, including smoky, contrasty rendering, shallow depth of field, a three-dimensional "pop," and deep, saturated colors. And it did all that at about half the price of the 85mm lens and with a far more reliable and less fussy autofocus system, making it a popular alternative to the "Canon-ball." And while it has held up remarkably well as sensor resolutions have increased (I still happily use mine on my EOS R5's 45-megapixel sensor), it is 26 years old at this point, and no doubt, with the advancements in optical design in the last three decades, Canon could likely create a superlative lens with the updated version. That being said, there is no word yet on if it will keep that bargain alternative crown by sitting significantly below the price of the RF 85mm f/1.2L, which currently retails for $2,699 Nonetheless, hopefully, we'll see the lens in just a few weeks!