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Canon to add six lenses to its mirrorless EOS R system

Create: 03/07/2019 - 19:07
Six Canon EOS RF-mount lenses

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Six lenses to be available in 2019
  • Two 85mm portrait lenses
  • Three of the four zooms are “L” lenses

Coinciding with the release of the entry-level EOS RP, Canon announced that six new lenses in the RF mount are under development.

The RF mount is for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless system, and this will boost the number of available lenses to 10.

Of the announced lenses, four are zooms with the other two being fast 85mm lenses. Five of the six, including both 85mm offerings, are premium L lenses.

Few details of the lenses are available. Below is Canon’s description of each lens:

  • The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens. It offers excellent performance for advanced and professional portrait photographers and is a widely popular focal length and aperture speed combination for users.
  • The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing lens technology, is a uniquely designed lens that offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh. Featuring a super-fast F1.2 aperture, the lens will help produce breathtaking portraits that will surely stand out from the crowd.
  • The RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts alike – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentaries or weddings.
  • The RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, offering a wide angle and fast aperture in a single package, is ideal for a variety of shooting applications including architecture, interiors or landscapes.
  • The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a must-have for any professional photographer, especially for those shooting weddings, sports or wildlife. This lens is a great all-around, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens and does well to round out any camera bag.
  • The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the ideal lens for amateurs and advanced amateurs who love to travel, no matter the destination. The versatile, all-purpose lens offers a range of focal lengths for capturing extraordinary shots in a form factor that is both compact and lightweight.

Canon hasn’t announced prices or release dates, aside from noting that they will be available in 2019.

Canon has a lot riding on its mirrorless R system. Sales of DSLRs, still the tool of professional photographers, have sagged in the amateur market. Meanwhile, competing camera makers have released mirrorless systems that have generated strong interest.

Among camera makers, only Pentax lacks a mirrorless system.

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