They promised that new mirrorless camera mounts meant a new optical era… is this the proof?

Canon RF 24-105mm f/2.8L IS USM Z
(Image credit: Future)

Mirrorless cameras have done many truly transformative things since they launched. However, manufacturers said that these amazing new mirrorless mounts would unlock technical wonders and bestow us with the kinds of lenses we’d never dreamed of before – and then Sony’s most remarkable lens of 2023 was a 300mm f/2.8. Hmph.

The only company actually living up to the promises it made about its mount is Canon. First came the incredible RF 28-70mm f/2, right at the dawn of the EOS R system. Then came the 600mm and 800mm f/11s. And now… wow! It’s really hard to break new ground and do something new in the world of lenses – but Canon has well and truly done it. We’ve seen some great glass from most brands, but Canon is simply untouchable when it comes to new frontiers in lens design.


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