Meyer Optik Görlitz has announced the addition of Nikon Z and Canon RF mounts. The two new mounts will be applied to the company’s entire existing family of lenses, including the two models that are yet to be released.
It looks like Canon is about to announce a couple of new lenses according to a couple of reports from Asobinet and Photo Rumors. Both of the lenses are RF mount lenses and it appears as though they’ll be full-frame lenses, given that they’re specifically named “RF” and not “RF-S”. One is an ultra-wide-angle 15-30mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM zoom while the other is the fast 24mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM.
It’s been over a year since either of these lenses were first rumoured but now it seems like the announcement may be imminent. Tomorrow, in fact, according to a post on Photo Rumors. Other than the names, though, there’s no other information on these lenses at all. Not even leaked photos.
Canon recently published its annual financial results and presentation for 2022. In it, Canon Chairman & CEO, Fujio Mitarai talks about the effect of the pandemic on sales and how they’ve been dealing with them. Despite the pandemic still putting pressure on sales, as a result of shutting down production facilities, parts shortages and logistical constraints, they managed to “significantly exceed” Canon’s pre-pandemic profit level in 2019.
He also talks about last year’s reorganisation that aided in this profit boost as well as where things go from here, including the potential release of 32 new lenses by 2016. This is extrapolated out based on the fact that Canon wants to “expand lens lineup at same pace” as previous years. In 2020, there were 18 RF lenses and in 2021 there were 26. 8 lenses per year for four years, is 32 lenses.
Well, we knew there was a big announcement coming from Canon today and we were pretty sure we knew what it might be. well, Canon has now made the announcement official, bringing us the Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM and Canon RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM super-telephoto lenses. With price tags of $16,999 and $19,999 respectively, these lenses sure ain’t for the faint of heart (or wallet) and are absolute monsters designed for sports and wildlife.
Both lenses feature two focus presets with the ability to instantly swap between memorised focus distances. Very handy if you’re covering sports with a goal or wildlife with a nest. A circular nin-bladed aperture, Canon says, provides “exceptionally beautiful and soft blurred backgrounds and bokeh” and both offer the L series durability and weather sealing you’d expect from lenses at this price point.
Canon has posted a big announcement teaser to its official Weibo account for something coming on February 24th. And a new image leak suggests it might be the upcoming super long RF mount 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and RF 1200mm f/8L IS USM lenses. February 24th would mark the third day of the now-cancelled CP+ event in Japan. With an event as big as CP+, such lenses wouldn’t be unusual, but now it looks like we might see a simple online announcement.
Other reports believe that we may also see a new 8K capable camera during the announcement event. They say that the teaser was posted with the hashtag #canon8K, although I’m not seeing that on the original Weibo post, and that the infinity symbol below the number (which is actually a countdown) is just an 8 flipped around on its side. Personally, I think they might be reaching.
During yesterday’s announcements for the Sigma 20mm f/2 DG DN Contemporary lens for Leica L and Sony E mount cameras, one of the live presentations in Japanese included a question and answers session where Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki was asked if their lenses would come to more camera mounts. He confirmed that Sigma is looking to add at least one more mount to their mirrorless lens lineup in 2022.
He didn’t clarify which mount it could be, but there aren’t really many options out there. There’s Leica L, Sony E and MFT that Sigma already covers and Nikon Z, Canon RF and Fuji X, which they don’t. I suspect it probably won’t be that last one. Sure, it’s a popular mount, but I think they’ll target the full-frame systems where there still aren’t many 3rd party options first.
Yongnuo has officially announced their first RF mount lens. It’s the YN RF 85mm f/1.8R DF DSM and it’s actually equipped with a configurable control ring. Despite a number of other lens manufacturers producing RF mount compatible lenses, this marks the first 3rd party lens to actually include a control ring, which has so far been found exclusively on Canon’s own RF lenses.
A few reviews for the lens have already been popping up online over the last week or so, but the lens hadn’t officially been announced yet. It just kind of quietly slipped out. It’s the same optical formula as their 85mm f/1.8 for Sony FE, but in a whole new housing that shows some nice improvements over the FE mount design – like a weather sealing gasket.
There was no hint of the rumoured Canon camera announcement today. Not even a teaser or new info. But what we did get was the Canon RF 13-35mm f/4L IS USM lens. Announced today, the new lens is designed for Canon’s full-frame RF mount mirrorless system and presents a slightly lower budget alternative to the Canon 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM.
Coming in at $1,699, it’s not exactly budget-friendly, but if you’re willing to lose a stop, it’s significantly less expensive than the $2,299 the 15-35mm f/2.8 demands. That $600 price difference will be a big deal to those who want an ultra-wide walkaround lens and don’t need that extra stop of low light performance. It’s also smaller, lighter and takes 77mm screw-on filters.
There are reports that Canon is going to announce the upcoming EOS R3 mirrorless camera on June 29th, 2021. Yes, tomorrow. Canon Rumors initially reported the news, but now say they’ve received some information that it might just be another teaser.
The latter makes more sense, as Canon said they would be releasing more information between the initial development announcement and the final official announcement and, well, they’ve not released any new info since that development announcement yet. There’s also no word on an official announcement from the other usual sources for such information.