Canon officially announces the development of 6 new RF mount lenses

rjbray01

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that 70-200 looks pretty compact ... quite surprising having read countless comments on this site informing us all that lenses can't be made any smaller due to "physics"
 

edoorn

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if the patent is right it's extending and when used at the longest end 240mm (at least that's what I read and understood; correct me if I'm wrong).. that's a tad longer than the 70-200 2.8 II, but when not extended its more compact; my bag would like that. Also, less lens elements so maybe lighter?
 

edoorn

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yes I thought of that too (added that to my post). That is actually nice since in my shoulder bag there's one lens that stands out in the most literal meaning, and it's the big white one :)

hopefully the 24-70 is a bit smaller and lighter too; Nikon just announced their 24-70 for the Z and it's very compact!
 

padam

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yes I thought of that too (added that to my post). That is actually nice since in my shoulder bag there's one lens that stands out in the most literal meaning, and it's the big white one :)

hopefully the 24-70 is a bit smaller and lighter too; Nikon just announced their 24-70 for the Z and it's very compact!
It will be more compact but doesn't have stabilization in the lens, if Canon comes out with sensor based stabilization, the two together will work better.

I also don't like the folding design on some of their lenses.
 
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yes I thought of that too (added that to my post). That is actually nice since in my shoulder bag there's one lens that stands out in the most literal meaning, and it's the big white one :)

hopefully the 24-70 is a bit smaller and lighter too; Nikon just announced their 24-70 for the Z and it's very compact!
It's a brave design move for the 70-200 f2.8 LIS genre.

The saddest thing here is that Canon has obviously withheld this lens concept / formula back from the ef mount (ie the unspectacular warm over that became the mkIII) and flipped it over to the Rf mount. There's little optical benefits on a mirror less mount over a 35mm mirror box design over 50mm. So this lens could easily have been designed as an EF lens....held back and then modified and ported over to the Rf mount. Same with the 24-70 f2.8 L IS....that could easily have been an Ef mount too. I suspect that Canon have been engineering the marketing of the Rf mount for some time.

I wonder what other treasures Canon have been holding on to.
 

padam

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It's a brave design move for the 70-200 f2.8 LIS genre.

The saddest thing here is that Canon has obviously withheld this lens concept / formula back from the ef mount (ie the unspectacular warm over that became the mkIII) and flipped it over to the Rf mount. There's little optical benefits on a mirror less mount over a 35mm mirror box design over 50mm. So this lens could easily have been designed as an EF lens....held back and then modified and ported over to the Rf mount. Same with the 24-70 f2.8 L IS....that could easily have been an Ef mount too. I suspect that Canon have been engineering the marketing of the Rf mount for some time.

I wonder what other treasures Canon have been holding on to.
The 24-70/2.8 IS does definitely go under 50mm so I highly doubt it could be made in EF mount exactly like that, where the size of the rear lens element is more restricted by the flange distance.
 

degos

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Well that was underwhelming. Where are the non-L IS primes to complement the 35mm? Or at least a 35-105 f4 IS and then they can go back to their usual tactic of ignoring anyone who can't afford L lenses.

I only hope that Sigma and Tamron show some interest in the RF mount for the amateurs, just like they did for EF.
 
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edoorn

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It will be more compact but doesn't have stabilization in the lens, if Canon comes out with sensor based stabilization, the two together will work better.

I also don't like the folding design on some of their lenses.
what do you mean with not having stabilisation in the lens; it's an IS lens isn't it?
 

padam

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what do you mean with not having stabilisation in the lens; it's an IS lens isn't it?
The Canon RF 24-70/2.8 has lens-based IS, the Nikon Z 24-70/2.8 is probably lighter and smaller but it uses the sensor stabilization only.
 
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I bought my EOS R as a second body, mostly for macro with vintage Leica lenses.
Alas, the introduction of such interesting new lenses made this strategy obsolete...especially the 1,2/85 and the compact 70/200.
Thus, I'll sell the EOS R, will keep waiting for a high MP. EOS R, and my 5 D III will become the second (wildlife!!!!) body. Nothing beats a DSLR for wildlife (my opinion).:coffee:
 
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I bought my EOS R as a second body, mostly for macro with vintage Leica lenses.
Alas, the introduction of such interesting new lenses made this strategy obsolete...especially the 1,2/85 and the compact 70/200.
Thus, I'll sell the EOS R, will keep waiting for a high MP. EOS R, and my 5 D III will become the second (wildlife!!!!) body. Nothing beats a DSLR for wildlife (my opinion).:coffee:
I think that until a Rf 400/2.8 and a 600/f4 is released... and a Eos Rf mount pro camera to match the frame rate of the 1DxII then EF mounts are here for a very long time.
I also find it bewildering that Canon are releasing small and miniature mirror-less camera bodies....but mating them to massive and heavy L Rf lenses. Sure the concept of Mirror-less is to be able to go smaller ala range finder? So where are the small and light pancake prime lenses? 21mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm?
 
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I think that until a Rf 400/2.8 and a 600/f4 is released... and a Eos Rf mount pro camera to match the frame rate of the 1DxII then EF mounts are here for a very long time.
I also find it bewildering that Canon are releasing small and miniature mirror-less camera bodies....but mating them to massive and heavy L Rf lenses. Sure the concept of Mirror-less is to be able to go smaller ala range finder? So where are the small and light pancake prime lenses? 21mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm?
I think it’s a great strategy to show people that they are indeed catering to both those crowds.

And a million times out of million times I would choose better glass rather than better body. Nikon screwed up by having, what looks like, nice camera bodies and have seriously underwhelming lenses at launch.
 

Del Paso

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I think that until a Rf 400/2.8 and a 600/f4 is released... and a Eos Rf mount pro camera to match the frame rate of the 1DxII then EF mounts are here for a very long time.
I also find it bewildering that Canon are releasing small and miniature mirror-less camera bodies....but mating them to massive and heavy L Rf lenses. Sure the concept of Mirror-less is to be able to go smaller ala range finder? So where are the small and light pancake prime lenses? 21mm, 24mm, 35mm, 50mm?
Totally agree on the subject of EF lenses and DSLRs.
As to miniature RF lenses, they certainly are coming, but it was important for Canon to demonstrate their optical superiority. As we all know that a more professional EOS R is coming, why would somebody consider buying a Nikon Z, if they aren't in the F system? The new lenses are killers.
And bank-account killers as well...
 
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padam

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Totally agree on the subject of EF lenses and DSLRs.
As to miniature RF lenses, they certainly are coming, but it was important for Canon to demonstrate their optical superiority. As we all know that a more professional EOS R is coming, why would somebody consider buying a Nikon Z, if they aren't in the F system? The new lenses are killers.
If some people really don't want a Sony, but they do want a similar approach to photo and video together, which is very different to Canon (even offering Prores Raw video output soon, even in some of their existing DSLRs), they can be quite happy with the Nikon Z system. Same for the L-mount alliance.

But yes, overally speaking, probably none of these will have the same impact as Canon.