We have been told that Canon will introduce a new type of teleconverter alongside the Canon RF 200-500mm f/4L IS, which will likely be announced in Q4 of this year, or Q1 of next year. We are still trying to nail down the timetable.
The new teleconverter is basically a “zoom” TC. It can be set at 1.0x, 1.4x and 2x (1.5x over 1.4x is also possible). So if you have the brand new Canon RF 100-300mm f/2.8L IS USM or plan on picking up the Canon RF 200-500mm f/4L IS and want to add versatility to either, this will be a huge addition for your lenses.
It won't be cheap we have been told, although the actual price is unknown at the moment.
We also don't know if the new TC will be strictly for the Big White Lenses or if it will compatible with other lenses in the RF line-up.
i'll definitely check it out!
Who said that Canon don't innovate? Try to get similar lenses or TCs from SoniPanaNikoLeica.
Here we would just be paying once for every compatible lens and getting 2 instead of one.
Having the 100-300 and 200-500 lenses ship with no TC, but having a multi-setting external TC is a much better solution. The lens is lighter (and presumably cheaper) with no TC. The multi-setting TC will be expensive but will work with (at least) two lenses and can be added for occasions where the added flexibility matters.
In any case I'd be in the market for this for sure. But first I need to see some tests about the impact on image quality at all settings, especially 1x. If it works well it'd be great not having to choose among nothing / 1.4x / 2x
So I am getting ready for a loooong wait...
On the bad side, if this will come out this year, since Canon is probably going to count it as a new RF lens, it means that there are less chances of getting the 35 f/1.2L in 2023 :cry: