What’s a “realistic” lens that you’d like to see Canon make?

BeenThere

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I'd agree with that statement in general, but with this additional comment: Canon making a lens of full L quality would mean their best seals, materials, and best optical design they could do, which IMHO would be the best *anyone* could ever hope for, and thus I'd consider it a "real" L lens if the MSRP was $2K or more as I'm sure it would be "superb enough" for that difficult range. I'd be happy with either the fixed f4 or variable f3.5(or whatever)-5.6 as long as it's their best L version & quality possible.
Interesting trade as a travel lens 1. One heavy beast with slightly compromised optics vs 2. Two light lenses with better optics over more limited zoom ranges: say 17-28 & 28-70mm.
 
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usern4cr

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Interesting trade as a travel lens 1. One heavy beast with slightly compromised optics vs 2. Two light lenses with better optics over more limited zoom ranges: say 17-28 & 28-70mm.
Well, at f4 or so think a 17-70 L IS would be around 700g, which I wouldn't call a "heavy beast" - well "somewhat heavy" might be fair. ;) It would be interesting to see if that was true.

And at the moment there aren't two comparable lightweight zooms spanning 17 to 70 mm, and even if there were I've already got two RF f2.8 L zooms for that (although someone new might better enjoy a 15-35 f4 to go along with their 24-105 f4). But the whole point of the 17-70 is to just have 1 high quality but lighter weight lens doing it, which would be *huge* to me.
 
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john1970

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For my needs I only see 2-3 RF mounts needed:

1) a fast (f1.2)) wide angle prime lens between 24-35 mm; a 35 mm f1.2 L would be ideal
2) a RF 500 mm f4 L lens that would play nicely with the recently announced TCs
3) lastly, a 100 mm 1:1 macro L lens
 
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H. Jones

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You know, the more time I think about it, I think Canon would be wise to release a small-ish 24mm F/2. I've been debating picking up the RF 28-70 F/2, which is an excellent lens, but some of my most common uses for the EF 24-70 are at 24mm. It would be nice to be able to have a small, fast 24mm RF lens in a small pocket of my belt kit to use when I'm in need of 24mm. I know there's an EF F/2.8 version, but F/2 would be nice to continue the RF 28-70 on a wider scale.

That said, I could see myself ending up with a zoom like a RF 16-24mm F/2 and not complaining at all either.
 

VivaLasVegas

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For me would be, an internally zooming RF 70-200 F2.8, with a built in extender(2x) and a reducer(.7x). It should also weigh less than 1400g, since the current RF 70-200 F2.8 is a little over 1050g. As a benchmark, without the 2x & .7x, it must match or better the theoretical MTF of Z 70-200 f2.8. This should sell like hot cakes, if the price is less than $2400. Canon should make it happen since some users prefer internally zooming 70-200 F2.8. They can also craft the 2x and .7x specifically for the 70-200 F2.8. It's a win-win situation for Canon and its users. Think about it, the portability of the original RF 70-200 F2.8 and the versatility of RF 70-200 F2.8 built-in 2x & .7x.
 

usern4cr

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For me would be, an internally zooming RF 70-200 F2.8, with a built in extender(2x) and a reducer(.7x). It should also weigh less than 1400g, since the current RF 70-200 F2.8 is a little over 1050g. As a benchmark, without the 2x & .7x, it must match or better the theoretical MTF of Z 70-200 f2.8. This should sell like hot cakes, if the price is less than $2400. Canon should make it happen since some users prefer internally zooming 70-200 F2.8. They can also craft the 2x and .7x specifically for the 70-200 F2.8. It's a win-win situation for Canon and its users. Think about it, the portability of the original RF 70-200 F2.8 and the versatility of RF 70-200 F2.8 built-in 2x & .7x.
I think it would be pretty hard to physically build that kind of lens in FF without making it really big & heavy and with considerably less IQ than the existing RF 70-200 has. - That's just my guess, and of course I could be wrong. And I'd be surprised if they did make magic happen that they'd sell it for less than the current RF 70-200.
 

Codebunny

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I would like to see built in 1.4x extenders in all the big primes. But perhaps that is just added cost, though there certainly seems to be some value too it. Perhaps just on the RF 600 f/4 since there seems little desire to make 800mm lenses.
 

usern4cr

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I would like to see built in 1.4x extenders in all the big primes. But perhaps that is just added cost, though there certainly seems to be some value too it. Perhaps just on the RF 600 f/4 since there seems little desire to make 800mm lenses.
Well, I'd hope they don't add extenders in *all* their big primes, as they're big & heavy enough without them. If I want to add an extender I'd rather just add one on so you have the option. But I'm the kind of person that doesn't usually want to add one anyway, since I could use a quality upsampling code and enjoy a wider view for framing and extra beyond-the-edge cropping in post.
 
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mbiedermann

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I'd love to see an RF 100mm F1.8 L Macro IS USM. My EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro was my preferred lens. Period. Now that I've switched to the R6, I'm hoping the RF model could be even better, possibly with a wider opening.
 
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Bdbtoys

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I think this one was rumored once before... RF 14-28mm F2 L USM (the potential F2 trinity to the 28-70, and the rumored 70-135).
 

koenkooi

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I'd love to see an RF 100mm F1.8 L Macro IS USM. My EF 100mm F2.8 L Macro was my preferred lens. Period. Now that I've switched to the R6, I'm hoping the RF model could be even better, possibly with a wider opening.

I think the release of the RF85/2 lens killed the chance of an 100/1.8 macro happening. I think proper 1:1 macro lenses will remain f/2.8 or slower.
 

Swerky

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I’m all for compact and optically decent lenses. For the R I’d like to see a rebirth of their old ef 20mm f2.8. Perhaps they can even do an 18mm f2.8 or 3.5 with IS

I was hoping they’d make a better general zoom lens for Eos m but seems that won’t be the case anymore. Something like a 17-70 f2.8-4. Or 15-50 f4. Should still be compact enough for the system.
 

johnhenry

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I'd second the RF 135 f1.x; the EF 135 f2 is my favorite lens ever.

That said, I'd also really love to see an RF 600mm f5.6L for us mere mortal hobbyists who either a) can't afford a $12k 600mm f4, or b) wouldn't want to carry that insurance liability around. If sigma can make a 600mm f6.3 zoom for a grand, surely Canon can make an RF 600mm f5.6L prime for $3k-4k.
Use a 300mm f/2.8 with a 2x III
 

SnowMiku

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I would like to see a consumer EF 100-400mm f5.6 IS Nano USM, but I know this is very unlikely to happen.
 
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I'd second the RF 135 f1.x; the EF 135 f2 is my favorite lens ever.

That said, I'd also really love to see an RF 600mm f5.6L for us mere mortal hobbyists who either a) can't afford a $12k 600mm f4, or b) wouldn't want to carry that insurance liability around. If sigma can make a 600mm f6.3 zoom for a grand, surely Canon can make an RF 600mm f5.6L prime for $3k-4k.
I agree with 3serious on the RF 600 f/5.6 L.
Of course with everyone else building a 600mm zoom my wonder is why Canon decided on 100mm-500mm for their RF large zoom?
 

AlanF

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I agree with 3serious on the RF 600 f/5.6 L.
Of course with everyone else building a 600mm zoom my wonder is why Canon decided on 100mm-500mm for their RF large zoom?
It's small and light, which is a huge plus when you go out hiking with the camera or hand hold for a period of time. The Sony 200-600mm, fine lens that it is, is heavy. Many can manage it, as some do hand holding a 600mm f/4. But, the 100-500mm, and the 100-400mm II, are a lightweight pleasure to use.