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Canon officially announces the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM, RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM and new firmware for the EOS R and EOS RP

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RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM Lenses Further Cement the Company’s Commitment to the EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera System

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 28, 2019 – The time has come and the wave of momentous advancements in the world of the EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system continues as Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the introduction of the RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lenses. With their large, bright F2.8 aperture, a zoom range that covers a wide range of shooting scenes and image stabilization (IS), as well as Nano USM – these lenses are sure to become workhorse lenses for professional and advanced amateur photographers.

Preorder the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM & Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM

“As the emergence of mirrorless cameras continue accelerating the market and with Canon’s deeply rooted heritage in optics, we are excited to expand the lens offerings and acquiesce the needs of EOS R users,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The technical improvements and features within these new RF lenses are needed to drive the market forward.”

RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM
As Canon’s first F2.8 wide zoom lens equipped with IS for full-frame with a CIPA standard of five stops, the RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is furnished with edge-to-edge sharpness throughout the zoom range to capture clear images with high image clarity from the center of the image throughout the entire focal range. Speaking of focal range, the RF15-35mm is an ultra wide range that allows for broader photographic expression with more emphasis on perspective. Other components include:

  • High Image quality has been achieved due to the large diameter mount and shorter back focus of the EOS R system.
  • Total size of the lens is equivalent to the existing EF lens, but allows for IS, wider field of view and the control ring indicative of the RF lenses.
  • Drip and dust resistant and ideal for landscape, architecture, nature, sports and portrait photography needs.

RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
Created for a wide range of shooting scenarios from street scene snapshots to movie shooting, the RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lens remains portable while equipped with IS. Other components include:

  • Equivalent to the size of the EF counterpart but with Image Stabilization.
  • High speed and high precision Nano USM motor for accurate, silent focus operation for stills and moving shooting.
  • Takes moving shooting into account with focus breathing suppression during manual focus operation, sensitivity setting during MF operation, usage of the focus ring is adjustable and customization of the control ring to assign aperture, shutter speed, ISO speed and exposure compensation as desired.

Free Firmware Update
In addition, a new, free downloadable firmware update will be released in late September for the EOS R system. Those interested can download the update for their respective system via the EOS R and EOS RP support pages. The update will improve three main functions:

  • Eye detection AF
  • AF frame display delay
  • Subject identification

The firmware update aims to add detection of the subject’s eye when the subject is at a distance, improve overall AF frame tracking for moving subjects, as well as improve initial subject recognition and start tracking when subjects are at a distance.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lenses are both scheduled to be available in late September 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2,299.00* each. To complete the trinity of F2.8 lenses, the RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM lens is scheduled to be shipping within the second half of 2019 – stay tuned! For additional information, please visit,

Preorder the Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM & Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM


CR Pro
Jul 14, 2018
I take it the RF70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM will ship in the second half of FY19 - ie first half of 2020.


Canon EOS R / Travel and Landscape
Oct 3, 2018
In very happy about the lenses and I’m really glad they are improving some of the things that the software currently lacks! I really really wish they would add the interval o meter in the R too!


Canon EOS R / Travel and Landscape
Oct 3, 2018
Question for R users since I’m curious: is there a way to set up a custom button that engages/disengages Eye AF (à la Sony)?


Jan 5, 2016
Any vignetting in the 15-35?

AFAIK, vignetting is inevitable, even in super teles, which have very little of it (a fraction of a stop), but do have it.

Question is how much vignetting would the RF 15-35mm have. Under two stops @15mm f/2.8 would make me very happy.

[For reference, @16mm f/2.8, the EF 16-35mm f/2.8 mk II has 2.8 stops, and the mk III has 4.6. The difference was discussed on this forums in the past, IIRC it was claimed Canon preferred sharpness over vignetting, and apparently a bit of barrel distortion.]
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Apr 1, 2016
looks good. they surely can further improve on this for a pro R, and also make the readout much better, and then basically you have AF that can do all you ever need.


Aug 31, 2018
I know it'll never happen but I REALLY wish they'd make touch AF have a "sensitivity" setting in relative mode. The cursors moves too slow. If I could adjust sensitivity I'd like touch AF better than a joystick but I hate having to swipe my finger tons of times to get the cursor across the screen.
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CR Pro
Aug 22, 2010
It's interesting that both lenses are no smaller than their EF variants...but have IS...which doesn't have any size impacts. So from a technical point of view...there was no technical reason that IS couldn't be added to a future EF lens....only marketing reasons.
The firmware updates are very welcome, and long anticipated. I'll look forward to more details about them.
Exactly what I was waiting for the Eye detection so I can stay in this mode if it performed well! Since I don't do to much action it should be fine!!! I can't wait! I spoke with the canon Rep yesterday I should be on the list in Canada to get my hands on the first batch of the 24-70 I hope I can get it before a big calendar I will do in the south with 12 gorgeous models! I will be able to test everything over there!!!
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