Canon to release TWO 35mm f/1.2 lenses – one with Defocus Smoothing?

Canon to release TWO 35mm f/1.2 lenses – one with Defocus Smoothing?
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It looks like the long-gestating Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L lens will finally arrive in 2021, rounding out Canon's offering of three f/1.2 focal length optics for the EOS R system. However, we might actually be getting two versions of the lens – one with Defocus Smoothing, for feathery smooth foreground and background blur.

First rumored last August, the Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L would join the existing Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L IS USM and Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L IS USM lenses, to complete the lineup of 'trinity primes' for the EOS R family. 

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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.