We're told that Canon may announce two more RF mount lenses in 2019, but it's possible they will get pushed into early 2020.

Apparently, the original plan was to announce the development of 8 lenses with the EOS RP, but for whatever reason, that plan was scrapped. Lens launches have always been a moving target.

We weren't told what the other two lenses might be, and we don't want to guess at this point in time. One patent in particular maybe give us some clues about what's next for RF mount lenses. The patent shows optical formulas for an RF 100-400mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM and a likely Non-L RF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS.

We do think the extremely popular 100-400mm zoom will be one of the next few of lenses to be announced.

I suspect we'll get more clues over the next couple of months with further patents being uncovered.

We don't yet know when the 6 latest RF lenses will begin shipping, but we think that'll come into focus in Q2 of 2019.

There is no further news about the next EOS R camera body.

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  1. Now I'm really intrigued (and interested!)...the 100-400 II is most-often found on my 5DMkIII--it is a wonderful, wonderful lens.

    ...talk of an RF version of the 100-400? Oh my.

    Exciting times for Canon; fun and enjoyment for me.
  2. I really think they need a compact 28-135 f3.5-5.6 IS kit lens. That with a non-l 70-300 would appease a lot of budget conscious users. But canon could be relying on the EF adapter for such lenses.
  3. Very interesting, and I don't doubt that these things are coming.

    Personally, I think they need a small "regular" zoom, like an inexpensive 24-105 or 24-85 f/3.5-4.5 or something of that nature. Remember the old 28-105 f/3.5-4.5? Small, inexpensive, light, useful range, perfect for the RP (though 24 on the wide end would be very useful).
  4. How about an RF-EF 1.4X teleconverter. That would be ideal for people with some big EF glass already in hand. I mean, if you're going to fill that space, it might as well be with a teleconverter for use with long glass.
  5. Yep, definitely 100-400, I want it!!!
    They also need
    - 70-200/4 which is also very popular (the current is a fresh design, shouldn't need much work)
    - lightweight 50/1.8 and/or 50/1.4
    - macro in the 90-120mm range (easiest is probably just to port the current very good 100mm)
    - 1.4x and 2x teleconverters
    - some pencake stuff
    - I don't care about the 70-300 but it's a pretty safe bet they'll make it
  6. 100-400mm would be important for the new system.
    They'd then be covering 15mm to 400mm.
    100mm macro you'd think would be the next natural lens to come for the R system.
    Both of these will be expensive lens for EOS RP buyers.
    It would seem to need a number of cheaper F4 lens for those RP buyers
  7. Why is Canon so secretive about when they plan to release the next R body? Publishing the type and timeframe shouldn't be a state secret...

    The same reason the car industry keeps their new ones secret:
    The minute you publish a roadmap, the previous model can only
    be sold with heaviest rebates, if at all.

    They published these 6 lens development announcements as a
    statement of where they are going, a full fledged kingpin system.

    Now that they drew their line in the sand, they will monitor sales
    and feedback before deciding what to introduce next.

    One thing became obvious for sure: They have the capacity to
    churn out around 10 new lenses per year. This will go on for
    some time.

    The emphasis is on the workhorses for professionals and enthusiast
    amateurs first, because the have the highest profit margin and
    benefit the most from the new mount, just look at the 70-200.

    Next are consumer mass production lenses. Just two or three.

    After that they will check inventory and replace specialties
    where stock is nearing end in EF.

    All of this might see an override following the highest demand
    in user feedback.

    In the near future, Canon will stop publishing roadmaps again.
    They have made their point, and will return to protecting sales
    of old stock.

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