It looks like Canon is working on another macro lens for the RF mount, with the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM having been released, there is likely a niche need for a longer focal length macro lens. Canon didn't sell a ton of EF 180mm f/3.5L USM lenses, but the people that did need it loved it.
Canon RF 180mm f/3.5L USM Macro
- Focal length 174.43mm
- F-number 3.50
- Half angle of view: 7.07°
- Image height 21.64mm
- Length of lens: 189.49mm
- BF 13.73mm
Canon RF 200mm f/4L USM Macro
- Focal length 194.00mm
- F-number 4.00
- Half angle of view: 6.36°
- Image height 21.64mm
- Length of lens: 202.49mm
- BF 39.36mm
These are hyper-mega excellent news!
I must get one of them!
The image quality on the 180mm is superb, but it is a heavy lens and the autofocus is useless (always flip to manual). So those two reasons alone would make it a worthy lens if they keep the IQ similar or slightly better. Always been intrigued with the MP65 too, but haven't used it. I went with 180 because it gives range to not spook the subjects away.
posted already in another channel, but this was handheld with only a LED light (not particularly powerful) on my R5 and 180L.. had to do some denoise work (cloudy day 5000 ISO), but as usual, the 180 gives some sweet results.
Patent: Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro 1:1.4x
Patent: Canon RF 14-35mm f/4L IS USM
Patent: Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 #EOSR
As for the MP-E, get a twin flash or a well engineered diffuser, it really needs lots and lots of soft light for reaching its potential. And if you're going to be using it in the field, get the metal lenshood (JJC makes a good, cheaper variant) as well.
It may be more fun to speculate which we will see.....in RF so far they seem to have tried to do a little extra vs. the EF equivalents. So maybe the 200 is what we will see. But the DLSR like back focus distance makes me wonder.
Hoping for a new Tele-Macro for a long time!
But my Sigma 150 2.8 + TC is awesome!
That suggests an RF 200/4 macro with such a design would be compatible with the RF extenders…which would be awesome.
Yep recognize the RF extenders have created further limitations (70-200 comes to mind)
So I can absolutely guarantee that I’d buy a stabilised RF version -
But, I hope that IF a stabilised RF 180mm macro comes to fruition that it will be limited to F4 or even F5.6, to keep the cost and weight/size within reasonable bounds. It is handy to have apertures of F2.8 or F3.5 to allow for a bright viewfinder image with a DSLR, but with a mirrorless I see little if any need for an aperture wider than F4 on a long focal length macro.
Personally I don’t want or need aspherical aberration control (as per RF 100mm macro). It’s more important IMO to create a design with minimal focus breathing, for better alignment of focus-stacked images.
Darn! Another one on the wishlist. My poor credit card :cry: