As we all know, Canon officially announced the EOS R system yesterday and along with it, a new lens mount dubbed RF. Canon showcased some of their lens design muscle with these lenses and plans to quickly populate the lens lineup.
During yesterday’s launch, Canon mentioned that they’re already working on “a series of fast f/2.8 lenses and more”. The obviously didn’t give an exact roadmap, but we think there are some obvious choices coming ahead for the RF mount. We expect to see plenty of new lenses coming in 2019 for the system.
These are the lenses that we think make the most sense.
RF 14-24mm f/2.8L USM
The system will need a native ultrawide option and we think something like an RF 14-24mm f/2.8L USM is highly probable
RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
The classic standard zoom in a smaller size and with IS. We think this is highly likely to be one of the next lenses announced. We do think it’s possible we’ll see a wider focal range.
RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
They’ll have to complete the classic trio of zoom lenses and an RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is also extremely likely in 2019
RF 70-135mm f/2L USM
We don’t think the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM is the last f/2 zoom we’re going to see from Canon. A longer f/2 portrait zoom is on our wishlist.
RF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM
We think a less expensive native 50mm option should be on the table, though it may come much later down the road.
We think the system is going to be populated by lots of “L” glass early on. This system is going to take a few years to mature and we don’t think any of the current lenses will be “high volume” out of the gate. It may be easier to get these types of lenses developed and manufactured early to have them for when mirrorless truly takes off in North America and around the world.
What do you think is coming and what do you want to see coming? That’s definitely two different things. Sound off in the forums!