Canon News has uncovered a patent for a new super wide angle RF mount zoom and it looks extremely impressive.
US Patent Application 20180314060 shows an optical formula for an RF 14-21mm f/1.4L. That's correct… f/1.4!
Both Canon News and I had to read the patent multiple times to make sure we weren't reading it incorrectly. If Canon wants to do these “look what we can do lenses”, I have no issue just letting them do their thing.
This patent also mentions optical formulas for an RF 16-35mm f/2.8L and an RF 12-20mm f/2L
Just got the new 32mm f/1.4 EF-M lens. Sticking with the M5 for now, until full frame things settle down.
Seriously though, an f4.0 version of exactly this range would be perfect for my work, which is all on tripod and none of it 'subject isolating'—so that blinding fast aperture is wasted on me. Trade the f1.4 for perfect distortion control in a slower, sub-6-pound lens!
Isn't the Canon RF 1.8 35mm IS Macro for lousy 500 bucks a practical lens? I am sure that Canon will release some RF 1.8 lenses soon (within the next 2 years) after checking where the market goes: EOS Rprofessional or/and EOS Rottonormalverbraucher (german equivalent for joecitizen).
With the EF-M 32mm I am with you: While no (for my profile) interesting 1.4 50mm equiv solution is available I settled with this lens and I am more than satisfied: It has an awesome IQ and is very compact - the cream on top is the 1:4 closeup capability! And maybe I will stay with EF-M and a bunch of longer EF lenses for a longer while!
I think this could definitely be an incredible photojournalism lens. I can't think of a single Canon-shooting news organization that doesn't have the 11-24mm, and having it at f/1.4 would be incredible.
On a more serious note, I am not sure it will actually make it into production, the f/2 zoom would be quite monstrous already. Or maybe the mirrorless design really pays dividence here.
I am so glad to see Canon flexing their muscle this way. I am sure the regular lenses are there and will be coming for us mere mortals. They are just showing, especially to Sony fanboys, that Sony can't even begin to compete with pro level lenses at Canon even if they wanted to. As far as bodies, the R is just a start. I am sure some will complain it is too little. I bet 99% of those on this site can't even begin to fully utilize what the R can do already except for pixel peep which is really showing a total lack of capability to produce great photos so they blame the camera. Well the R is great and wonderful, there will be more coming too.