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Ultra-fast Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L pro lens – coming to the Canon EOS R in 2020?

Ultra-fast Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L pro lens – coming to the Canon EOS R in 2020?
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Canon's latest ultra-fast aperture L-series lens for its full-frame mirrorless system has been revealed: the Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L USM – and it looks set to arrive next year.

The new optic represents the latest in Canon's line of professional-grade L-series lenses with ultra-wide apertures, which currently comprises three optics: the RF 50mm and RF 85mm, and the forthcoming RF 85mm DS. 

Just a year ago, the full-frame Canon EOS R system hadn't even been announced. In the ten months since its release, however, the company has done an admirable job of expanding the RF mount ecosystem to accommodate a wide variety of focal lengths for both consumers and (primarily) professionals. 

• Read more: Canon RF lens roadmap

News of the Canon RF 35mm f/1.2L USM comes courtesy of Canon Watch, which spotted the patent (application number 2019-128526) for the new lens. In addition, a source told Canon Rumors that the new lens would be added to the RF lens roadmap for release in 2020. 

Canon already has an RF 35mm f/1.8 lens, but the new f/1.2L will be much larger

Canon already has an RF 35mm f/1.8 lens, but the new f/1.2L will be much larger

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The manufacturer already produces a 35mm lens for the mount, the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro – an incredibly compact, lightweight and very capable lens that was designed to pair with the smaller Canon EOS RP body. 

However, the new f/1.2L version of the lens is likely to take the same form factor as its much larger Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L and Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L siblings. 

With a trio of pro prime lenses – not to mention the Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM powerhouse and the boutique Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM DS with defocus smoothing – the company is clearly laying the foundations for its upcoming hi-res Canon EOS R that's expected to boast between 70 and 100 megapixels…

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