Nikon has just announced the Nikkor Z 400mm f/2.8 TC VR S, a previously teased telephoto lens for its mirrorless line of cameras. Not only with its foal length, but also AF performance and image stabilization, this lens is designed with sport and wildlife photographers in mind. And judging from the specs, they are going to like it.
Well, it’s just a big ol’ gear day for Canon today, huh? Along with the Canon EOS R3 development announcement, Canon has also announced three new lenses. Well, I say “new”, two of them, the RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 600mm f/4L IS USM as mentioned in the previous image leak post, just appear to be EF lenses with a built-in RF adapter.
But there does appear to be one completely new lens, which is the Canon RF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM. This lens actually seems to be a completely new design, with different optics and a new Spherical Aberration Control Ring, to adjust the shape and character of foreground and background bokeh.
It’s not really all that much of a surprise Canon has some big long RF glass coming, really. Especially not after they’ve spent the last little while killing off their EF mount versions. But two of those upcoming RF lenses are an RF 400mm f/2.8L IS USM and an RF 600mm f/4L IS USM. And now, thanks to Nokishita, we know what they’ll look like because they’ve leaked photos of them both.
Interestingly, they actually look exactly like the EF mount lenses, the Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM, but with silvery EF to RF adapters built-in. If this is all they are, it actually makes them slightly less useful than the lenses they’re replacing.
As well as expanding their EOS R camera and RF mount lens lineups, Canon still seems to be going pretty hard on the long telephoto lenses for the EF mount. Canon News has discovered a number of US patents alluding to what appears to be the recently released 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM, which stole all of Sony’s “Lightweight” thunder, as well as new 300mm f/2.8, 500mm f/4, and 800mm f/5.6 telephoto lenses.