Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 IS USM coming in 2019? [CR1]

Del Paso

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Since you've asked...

The EF 35mm f/2 IS is an excellent example of what I expect (sharp, fast, reasonably priced), as I bought it.

EF 20mm f/2.8 - if it was modernized, I would seriously consider it. Make it f/2.0, and I'll definitely buy it.
EF 24mm f/2.8 IS - isn't sharp enough for me to consider.
EF 50mm f/~1.8 IS - I would buy it.
 
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Del Paso

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Since you answered:
20mm F2: I'd buy it, if I didn't have the Zeiss 21mm F 2,8.This is the only Canon lens I really miss .
24mm F 2,8: if it was as good as the F 1,8 Nikon...but I have the TSE...
50mm F 1,8 IS: nope, prefer my adapted Leica Summicron and my Zeiss Makro Planar (both cost less than $ 400 each). OK, neither IS, nor AF...
 
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You've asked, therefore I'll answer...

The 70-200mm f/2.8L mkIII was released just to make production more efficient. It shows care for Canon's profits (nothing wrong with that), but not for the customers (which is my point).

The super teles & TS-E target small audiences. What's neglected is non-L primes for what I think is a larger audience, and I think an EF 50mm f/1.8 IS USM is a good example. Canon can make EF 35mm f/2 IS & EF 85mm f/1.4L IS, it can make a 50mm f/1.8 IS USM, but my money would be spent on the Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC.

It was a noticeably better lens.
 
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Since you answered:
20mm F2: I'd buy it, if I didn't have the Zeiss 21mm F 2,8.This is the only Canon lens I really miss .
24mm F 2,8: if it was as good as the F 1,8 Nikon...but I have the TSE...
50mm F 1,8 IS: nope, prefer my adapted Leica Summicron and my Zeiss Makro Planar (both cost less than $ 400 each). OK, neither IS, nor AF...

That is such a popular choice, I have to wonder why FD disappeared...
 
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Well, the RF mount desperately needs some not-so-fast, relatively affordable primes. But I was hoping the next 50mm f/1.8 IS would be for the EF-M. Canon did an amazing job with the 32mm f/1.4 - it seems like the only gap in the EOS M prime lineup is now a decent portrait lens.

I second this thought. When I first started in digital in 2002 with D60 and D30 bodies, the 50/1.4 USM was a very good affordable portrait lens. I currently use my 50 STM on an SL1 body for portrait work. The release of the M50 and the 32/1.4 really got my attention, and if Canon added a 15/2.8 and 50 (or 62)/1.8 IS lenses to an M5 Mk2 update, I have to believe many would go for it.
 
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Over the past few years, I've replaced every 3rd party lens I've bought with a Canon lens, e.g. the Sigma 12-24mm with a Canon 11-24mm f/4.

Now I'm going to buy a Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC, because Canon has nothing similar. That's a lost sale.

How does that make sense, given the whole strategy?

They got your money with the lenses they developed instead of a midrange 50mm, like that 11-24mm. They made a whole lot more selling you that lens than they would have with a 50/1.4.
 
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scottburgess

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I see that Adorama now has the EF 50mm f/1.8 marked as "closeout" and on sale. Perhaps this rumor is indicative of a new EF version as well? Oh, oh! Possibly in even cheaper-feeling matte black Kris-krinkle plastic, with a focus ring only 2mm long tucked in by the camera mount, and a decal for the focus indicator? Focusing with the FSM (Fuckin' Slo-Mo) motor system with super-search "EEEEE---RRRR" sound reserved for only the lightest weight lenses! With a 100mm long zebra-striped lens hood so everyone can see what a cheap schmuck I was, of course. Yiddish numerals! 61.7mm filter thread mounts!! MagnetoDust lens coating!!! Rear gel filter holder!!!! All at double the price since it's a new version (with the same optics)!!!!! Oh, gawd, I can't contain my excitement! Oh, oh...!
 
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I see that Adorama now has the EF 50mm f/1.8 marked as "closeout" and on sale. Perhaps this rumor is indicative of a new EF version as well? Oh, oh! Possibly in even cheaper-feeling matte black Kris-krinkle plastic, with a focus ring only 2mm long tucked in by the camera mount, and a decal for the focus indicator? Focusing with the FSM (Fuckin' Slo-Mo) motor system with super-search "EEEEE---RRRR" sound reserved for only the lightest weight lenses! With a 100mm long zebra-striped lens hood so everyone can see what a cheap schmuck I was, of course. Yiddish numerals! 61.7mm filter thread mounts!! MagnetoDust lens coating!!! Rear gel filter holder!!!! All at double the price since it's a new version (with the same optics)!!!!! Oh, gawd, I can't contain my excitement! Oh, oh...!
The current EF 50mm f1.8 STM is available at the Canon Store for $126. No sign of a close out on that one.
 
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Double-gauss is over. The best double gauss in the industry is the Fuji 35 1.4 (50 F2 FF equivalent). Supremely sharp wide open across most of the frame.

I just bought the RF 35. Can't wait.

Would like to see a new RF 50mm 1.8 IS USM. I'd buy that in a heartbeat. Hopefully later this year? $349 please.

Had the Tamron 45 VC for a week or so. It's superb but it's way too big. Especially with RF to EF adapter. It was nearly as big as a 70-200 F4 with a hood. The new flange distance RF mount lens should reduce a ton of unnecessary mirror box optics bulk.
 
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koenkooi

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hoping for a native RF 50/1.8 IS not much bigger, heavier or more expensive than EF 50/1.8 STM. Same IQ or slightly better would already be sufficient.

199 would be a nice price. Perfect lens for mostly budget-limited EOS RP buyers.

With IS it will very likely be more expensive.
 
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