The Photography Show featured the European debuts of the latest RF lenses on Canon's roadmap, set to enrich the Canon EOS R ecosystem. The company brought four L-series lenses in addition to the ultra-compact 24-240mm, which we were thrilled to wrestle out of the company's hands.
"We're planning to release all of these lenses in 2019 – they'll be at different times, but throughout the year," said David Parry, Canon Product Intelligence Consultant.
"Really important for us are what people call the 'trinity' lenses, which is the 15-35, the 24-70mm and the 70-200mm. So they're all L-series, all f/2.8, all USM, and they're all IS – which is really exciting, to have a super wide-angle 15-35mm which is IS. We believe the motors inside them are going to be Nano USM motors, so our latest motor technology as well."
Of particular note, the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is remarkably small – around two-thirds the size of the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM, only coming up to the focus ring of its EF counterpart when stood side by side. Again, the benefits of the smaller and lighter mirrorless system shine through.
Also in attendance is the Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM – which is not an L-series lens, but an ultra-compact 10x optical zoom lens. We paired it with a Canon EOS RP and it's a match made in heaven; like the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM it pairs perfectly with the RP, and looks to be a must-have lens for the smaller system.
The mighty Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM was also present, which promises to be a monster performer in the optical stakes, but its sister DS version hadn't made the trip over from Japan.
"We'll be doing a DS version, a defocus smoothing version. Using different lens elements, it will give a different look to foreground and background blur and a much smoother look to the bokeh effect. And that will change with aperture as well, so you'll be able to get different degrees of effect on that depending on what aperture you're using."
Visit the Canon stands (D141, E131) at The Photography Show to see the new RF lenses and Canon EOS R / RP for yourself.