Is Canon about to launch another hybrid 'Z' lens?

Canon RF 24-105mm f/2.8 IS USM Z lens on a wooden table top
(Image credit: Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Rumor has it Canon could be about to expand its line-up of video-focussed 'Z' lenses. Currently there's just a single such lens - the RF 24-105mm F2.8L IS USM Z - but it might soon receive a stablemate: an RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM Z.

Canon has previously told us that the RF 24-105mm F2.8L IS USM Z is intended to be the first in a range of new hybrid lenses, so it makes sense that it'd be joined by other 'Z' lenses sooner rather than later. The Z suffix stands for 'power zoom', indicating the lens' compatibility with Canon's PowerZoom adapters; itself an aid for achieving smoother zooming during video recording. Another feature that sets Canon's 'Z' lens apart is its clickless aperture ring, which provides stepless aperture adjustment, though it only works when shooting video.

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Ben Andrews

Ben is the Imaging Labs manager, responsible for all the testing on Digital Camera World and across the entire photography portfolio at Future. Whether he's in the lab testing the sharpness of new lenses, the resolution of the latest image sensors, the zoom range of monster bridge cameras or even the latest camera phones, Ben is our go-to guy for technical insight. He's also the team's man-at-arms when it comes to camera bags, filters, memory cards, and all manner of camera accessories – his lab is a bit like the Batcave of photography! With years of experience trialling and testing kit, he's a human encyclopedia of benchmarks when it comes to recommending the best buys.