Canon promised us exciting new lens possibilities… is it about to deliver?

Canon RF 28-70mm F/2L USM
(Image credit: Future / Matthew Richards)

With the launch of the Canon EOS R – the company's first full-frame mirrorless camera and the start of its true mirrorless ambitions – Canon also brought us a brand new mount for a whole new series of lenses: the Canon RF mount. This was the biggest change for Canon in over 30 years, since it swapped from the FD to EF mount in 1987, introducing electrical contacts for a new wave of electro-mechanical photography.

With this new RF mount, Canon talked big about how the decreased flange distance and upgraded electrical contacts would unleash a wave of lens design that was never possible before. To crown this achievement, alongside the EOS R the manufacturer launched, the Canon 28-70mm f/2L USM lens – one of the most remarkable optics seen to date. Then Canon went a bit quiet.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.