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Canon to release 'Holy Trinity' lenses for RF mount in July?

Canon to release 'Holy Trinity' lenses for RF mount in July?

Canon is reportedly set to launch its 'Holy Trinity' of L-series lenses – the 15-35mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm f/2.8 – for its full-frame mirrorless RF mount cameras before the end of July. 

This would be a major step in the maturity of the R system, meaning that by the summer the Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) could finally have the essential trio of native lenses to make it a professional-grade tool. 

The report comes courtesy of Canon Rumors (opens in new tab), which did some digging on an official announcement for the eagerly anticipated optics. "We’re told that all three 'should' be officially announced and available at the same time, and likely before the end of July 2019," wrote the site. 

The Holy Trinity of lenses is so-called because it comprises the three main focal ranges that cover the vast majority of photographic work (and thus are the workhorses of a professional's kit bag, meaning that many pros won't adopt a new system until it has them).

Canon appears to be wasting no time in delivering the lenses on its RF roadmap

Canon appears to be wasting no time in delivering the lenses on its RF roadmap 

The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM covers the wide-angle shooting demands, such as landscapes and environmental work. The Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM is the must-have standard zoom, while the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM provides telephoto coverage for wildlife and sports. 

All three lenses have a fast f/2.8 aperture, again a must-have for professional use, and are part of Canon's red-ringed signature L-series, meaning that they are engineered for premium performance and possess robust build quality and weather sealing. 

The addition of these lenses would go a long way to filling the Canon RF lens roadmap (opens in new tab) – and would deliver half of the manufacturer's promised six lenses for its full-frame mirrorless system by the end of 2019. 

If the report is accurate, it would certainly pave the way for the much-rumored Canon EOS R pro model (opens in new tab) that is expected to be announced later this year. With a full professional system, many previously reluctant photographers may fully embrace Canon's mirrorless future.

Read more:

Canon RF lens roadmap (opens in new tab): everything we know so far
Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM (opens in new tab): pre-orders start on 9th May (report)
Canon EOS R review (opens in new tab)

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web 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 as diverse as 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, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). 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.