This is the Canon RF lens roadmap

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Is the 300 2.8 focal length dead? There's never been any mention of it in the Canon road map and it's not appearing in the Nikon road map either?
What gives?
 
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Comparing the lens lineup of Sony vs Canon and got a bit disappointed.
In terms of primes there is no 24mm, there is no 35mm f1.4, no 50 f1.4 and no 85 f.14, also missing the 135 actually.
 

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Comparing the lens lineup of Sony vs Canon and got a bit disappointed.
In terms of primes there is no 24mm, there is no 35mm f1.4, no 50 f1.4 and no 85 f.14, also missing the 135 actually.
Patience, young padawan. Sony has been making FE lenses for 9 years, Canon has been making RF lenses for 4 years. Canon’s launch rate (lenses/year) is higher than Sony’s. Zooms are generally more popular than primes, and they prioritized accordingly.
 
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Comparing the lens lineup of Sony vs Canon and got a bit disappointed.
In terms of primes there is no 24mm, there is no 35mm f1.4, no 50 f1.4 and no 85 f.14, also missing the 135 actually.
I think Canons lineup is quite impressive for three years and two months in the making. At the moment, there are more Sony offerings on the table, but not for long anymore.
Plus, I like Canons innovation with their lenses on the consumer side (600/ 800mm/ 70-400mm/ affordable primes) as well on the professional side (14-35mm F4/ 28-70mm f2/ 100-500mm/ 70-200mm and their primes) and I expect more great things to come.
 

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Just waiting for the next RF 35mm. Only piece I want to add to my RF based kit at this point.
I've only got one missing piece at this point as well, but mine's a big white to fill the hole left by the 500 f/4 IS I sold a while back. Canon's picks for the initial offerings hit all my marks, and for the first time ever I've duplicated some focal lengths with the STM 16, 35, 50 and 85. I use them for packing a light kit for hiking and honestly loan them out to my son who uses them more than I do but is on a limited budget.
 
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I've only got one missing piece at this point as well, but mine's a big white to fill the hole left by the 500 f/4 IS I sold a while back. Canon's picks for the initial offerings hit all my marks, and for the first time ever I've duplicated some focal lengths with the STM 16, 35, 50 and 85. I use them for packing a light kit for hiking and honestly loan them out to my son who uses them more than I do but is on a limited budget.
Are you planning to replace it with an RF 500 f4? Not to be too pessimistic but given the fact that Canon never updated the 500mm when they updated the 400mm and 600mm, plus we don't know to what extent the 100-500 zoom may have cut into the market and also knowing that both the 400 f2.8 and the 600 f4 are in short supply, I have my doubts that we will see an RF 500 f4 any time soon.
 

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Are you planning to replace it with an RF 500 f4? Not to be too pessimistic but given the fact that Canon never updated the 500mm when they updated the 400mm and 600mm, plus we don't know to what extent the 100-500 zoom may have cut into the market and also knowing that both the 400 f2.8 and the 600 f4 are in short supply, I have my doubts that we will see an RF 500 f4 any time soon.
Nope, I'll be picking up the RF 600/4 this time around. I want the additional reach, and it's almost two pounds lighter than what I had. Not in a rush by any means, although I would likely have picked one up recently had I not ordered an R3. Been waiting a few years, so another one or two isn't a big deal. I do think Canon will eventually add a 300/2.8 and 500/4 to the RF line, but neither are on my roadmap.
 

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I am actually hoping that Canon releases a 500 mm f4 and 300 mm f2.8 in 2022. Both lenses are in the RF roadmap so hopefully we see then sooner rather than later. I also considered the 600 mm f4, but prefer the 500 mm f4 for lighter weight and easier to travel due to smaller size.
 
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I think Canons lineup is quite impressive for three years and two months in the making. At the moment, there are more Sony offerings on the table, but not for long anymore.
Plus, I like Canons innovation with their lenses on the consumer side (600/ 800mm/ 70-400mm/ affordable primes) as well on the professional side (14-35mm F4/ 28-70mm f2/ 100-500mm/ 70-200mm and their primes) and I expect more great things to come.
Absolutely true, however, working with a 5DmkIII and looking to upgrade I went to a photography event trying some new cameras.
I really didn't like the way Sony cameras felt in my hand and was 100% sure to stay with Canon. However, when looking at the lens lineup, I got kind of the opposite reaction. I kinda hoped that after the f2.8 zooms they would go for the fast primes (but not the L primes which cost over 2000 EUR). Cool to see the nifty fifty and nifty 16, but not interesting for the professional users :)
Anyway: I we would know when certain lenses would come, that would help a lot actually, not much to do about it, but closely following CR :p
 

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I am actually hoping that Canon releases a 500 mm f4 and 300 mm f2.8 in 2022. Both lenses are in the RF roadmap so hopefully we see then sooner rather than later. I also considered the 600 mm f4, but prefer the 500 mm f4 for lighter weight and easier to travel due to smaller size.
I have the 300/2.8 II and the 200-400/4 1.4x TC. Of those, I would rather have the 200-400 to be released than the 300.

On the other hand, with the price hikes on the 400 & 600, I am not likely to be willing to pay the price of an RF 200-400 from new (I got the EF as a Black Friday sale on used items a couple of years ago).
 

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I have the 300/2.8 II and the 200-400/4 1.4x TC. Of those, I would rather have the 200-400 to be released than the 300.

On the other hand, with the price hikes on the 400 & 600, I am not likely to be willing to pay the price of an RF 200-400 from new (I got the EF as a Black Friday sale on used items a couple of years ago).
Good point. Maybe we get a RF 120-300 mm f2.8 similar to the Nikon offering? That would be very similar to the 200-400 mm f4.
 

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Good point. Maybe we get a RF 120-300 mm f2.8 similar to the Nikon offering? That would be very similar to the 200-400 mm f4.
I was only aware of the Sigma 120-300 f/2.8. Just goes on to show how little I look outside the "Canon world" :censored:

Having a 120-300mm f/2.8 is not quite the same as a 200-400mm f/4 when you factor extenders in. On an EF camera, you are limited to 2x TC, so you can get to 400-800mm f/8. With the 120-300 you'd have 240-600mm.

It would be interesting to try the 200-400 with the internal 1.4x TC and an external 2x TC + EF-RF adapter on the R3/R5 and see how well the combo works. Given that it's within the f/11 of the 600 & 800 lenses, it should work for AF. Question is how much the image quality and AF speed would suffer.