It seems that Canon is on fire with gear announcements today. In addition to the new EOS M6 Mark II and EOS 90D, the company has announced two out of three RF lenses we’ve been waiting for a while. The RF 15-35mm f/2.8 and RF 24-70 f/2.8 are now out, and they’re even a bit cheaper than we initially expected.
Earlier this year, Canon announced the development of six new RF mount lenses. While some of them are already available for orders, Canon has left us waiting longer for RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM, RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM. But, according to some sources, there’s not much more to wait. The “holy trinity” of lenses could be coming as soon as this week, and we already know the prices. Well, at least the rumored ones.
Judging from recent patent applications from Canon, we might see two new zoom lenses for the EOS R system: a 17-70mm and a 52-83mm f/1.2 lens. They both include multiple optical formulas, which could mean that we’ll see them in production in the future.
It seems that Canon is really on fire today with the announcements. Along with the PowerShot G7 X Mark III and the G5 X Mark II, the company is also announcing the Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM lens. If you’ve already bought the Canon EOS RP full frame camera, this lens could be a pretty neat addition to your kit.
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.
After the rather disappointing reception received by the EOS R, Canon seems to be doubling down on mirrorless to show off how seriously they’re taking it. So far we’re expecting two new EOS R mirrorless bodies in 2019 (one entry-level and one “super-high resolution“) as well as three new APS-C DSLRs, and two EOS M bodies.
That’s a heck of a target for a single year. But this isn’t all they’re doing. The RF mount lens selection for the EOS R and its expected siblings is a little on the thin side at the moment. According to Canon Rumours, they’re going to announce up to seven new RF mount lenses during in 2019. They do say, though, that some may not actually hit the streets until 2020.
If you’re in the market for a new lens, it may be hard to decide whether to go for a third-party option, or stick with the same brand as your camera. The Sigma Art series has received a lot of praise, and photographer Julia Trotti put it to a test. She used the Sigma 85mm f/1.4 Art and compared it to the Canon 85mm f/1.2L II. In the video below, you can see how the lenses compare on Canon and Sony bodies.
Vintage lenses have their quirks, but they also have a certain charm. Many of them are well-built and tack sharp, yet very affordable. Photographer Mathieu Stern is a great fan of vintage glass, so he decided to do a little test. He compared a vintage manual 50mm f/1.2 lens he paid $80 with a modern AF 50mm f/1.2 lens that costs almost $1,500. Are they comparable at all? Let’s take a look.
If you’re in the market for a 24-70 f/2.8 lens for your Canon camera, there are a few options available. In this video, Matthew Gore goes in-depth about the similarities and differences between Canon 24-70 f/2.8 L II and Sigma 24-70 f/2.8 ART. Both have a good reputation, and the price difference isn’t really big, which makes the decision not so easy to make. So, if you’re having second thoughts which of these to choose, this video could answer some of your questions and help you decide.