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New Canon RF macro lens on the way according to patent

New Canon RF macro lens on the way according to patent
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Canon applies for patent for a new Canon RF macro lens – perfect for macro photographers!

As the photography industry gears up for the release of the game-changer Canon EOS R5, it's clear that Canon are still busy beavering away behind the scenes to provide a cohesive RF mount experience. The fact is, it doesn't matter how incredible a camera might be – if the system doesn't have the lens you need, then it's just not going to work out. 

At the moment, the only Canon RF macro lens in the RF line-up is the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM, a fairly entry-level piece of glass that won't quite cut the mustard for many macro photographers.

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Traditionally, most macro lenses hover somewhere around the 100mm focal length mark, as this telephoto focal length both helps you get closer to your subject and provides a beautiful isolating effect. Luckily, this is exactly where Canon seems to have aimed their efforts for a brand new Canon RF macro lens.

Rumor website Canon News has uncovered a Japan Patent Application for a Canon RF macro lens with a series of embodiments all around the 100mm focal length. These include a: Canon RF 100mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon RF 110mm f/2.8 Macro, Canon RF 90mm f/2.8 Macro and a Canon RF 120mm f/2.8 Macro.

It's not clear which of these embodiments will actually make it to market, but it's definitely heartening to know that Canon are working on filling the conspicuous macro lens-sized gap in their RF lens line-up.

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