Canon has designed a soft focus lens for the Canon EOS R!

Canon has designed a soft focus lens for the Canon EOS R!
Canon EOS R with Canon EF 135mm f/2.8 Softfocus (Image credit: James Artaius / Digital Camera World)

Canon has developed a brand new soft focus optic for the Canon EOS R system. The manufacturer has patented a Canon RF 35mm f/1.4 Softfocus lens – which may be a companion for the previously patented RF 35mm f/1.2L, tipped to be announced next year. 

This would be the company's first soft focus lens since 1987's Canon EF 135mm f/2.8L Softfocus (pictured above, mounted to a Canon EOS R), and an intriguing counterpart to its upcoming Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS – a defocus smoothing lens for the RF mount. 

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.