Yesterday we reported that a version II of an existing RF mount lens was coming early in 2024. We weren't told which lens, as the source didn't know for certain, but we wrote about 4 RF lenses that we deemed most likely to receive an new version.
The article brought some more information in our inbox, most of which came from anonymous sources, but a few of them were saying the exact same thing. We will be getting a new RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM with an internal zoom some time in 2024.
We have been told that a lot of Canon sports shooters have stuck with their EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM II or III for its internal zoom, even if they're not in love with using an adapter. We have learned since yesterday that a lot of sports shooters find the current RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM quite unbalanced and lacks a “consistency in feel”. A few mentioned that the locations of the rings were difficult to get used to, and felt “cramped”.
This makes a ton of sense to us, but we're not sure if this would be considered a “version II”, or an addition to the current lineup. I think there are likely a lot of people that love the compact size of the RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM, and that this could just be a case of giving consumers choice.
While there are definitely other lenses the Canon community wants to see, we still expect those lenses to come later this year or early next year, as there will be a slew of new RF lenses announced in the next 6 months.
From a business standpoint, a new internal zoom RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM would likely sell a few more teleconverters for Canon.
We didn't put a rating on this post, as it comes from more than one source, but we feel pretty confident in the likelihood of this coming to fruition.