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Canon's next lens for the EOS R is… the Canon RF 85mm Macro

Canon's next lens for the EOS R is… the Canon RF 100mm Macro
(Image credit: James Artaius / Digital Camera World)

UPDATE: A new report has revealed all six lenses that Canon promised it will release in 2020, including this new macro lens. However, the report details the optic as an 85mm f/2 rather than a 100mm f/2. 

Read the full list of the six new Canon RF lenses (opens in new tab), along with how they fit into the current lineup of optics for the Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) system.

ORIGINAL STORY 02 JUNE: The Canon RF 100mm f/2.0L IS USM is the next lens due from the manufacturer for the EOS R system, according to the latest report. 

The RF mount ecosystem has been rapidly and comprehensively matured since it launched in October 2018, but a dedicated macro lens for has been conspicuous by its absence. The addition of the Canon RF 100mm f/2.0L IS USM will fill one of the few remaining gaps in the yellow brick Canon RF lens roadmap (opens in new tab)

"I have been told by an anonymous source that a Canon RF 100mm f/2L IS USM Macro lens is in the hands of select photographers with an announcement coming this year," wrote the sleuths at Canon Rumors (opens in new tab)

"No further details about the lens have been given. It’s pretty obvious we’re going to get a native macro lens for the RF mount, and an f/2 lens would be a great addition to the RF lineup."

The Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) currently has a 'light' native macro lens, the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro STM (opens in new tab), which has a 1:2 reproduction ratio. And we've just reviewed the new Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO (opens in new tab), which features a huge 2:1 ratio – but it's a manual focus lens with no electrical contacts or weather sealing. 

So it makes perfect sense for Canon to bring a native 1:1 L-series lens to the R system, and continues the tradition of the manufacturer transplanting its most important core lenses from the EF system to the RF mount. 

Just as we've had the three f/2.8 trinity lenses, the Canon RF 15-35mm (opens in new tab), Canon RF 24-70mm (opens in new tab) and Canon RF 70-200mm (opens in new tab), the template for this new lens is the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM – one of the best macro lenses (opens in new tab) available. 

If the lens is indeed already being tested in the field by Canon ambassadors, an official announcement shouldn't be too far away… 

Read more: 

Best Canon RF lenses: the best lens for Canon EOS R and EOS RP (opens in new tab)
The best macro lenses: get closer to your subjects than ever before!
The best Canon lenses (opens in new tab): go longer, wider and closer with your Canon camera

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James Artaius
James Artaius

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.