16 Canon RF lenses coming in 2021 (leak)

According to rumours reported by Canon Rumors, there will be 16 lenses released by Canon for the RF mount by the end of 2021. The next two are a very compact 70-200mm f/4 IS USM and a 50mm f/1.8 STM, said to be optically improved over the EF version (admittedly a low bar to clear).

These will be followed in particular by L-series tilt-shift “TS-R” lenses at 14mm (f/4) and 24mm (f/3.5) with autofocus.

Also released will be:

  • Canon RF 10-24mm f/4 L USM
  • Canon RF 14-35mm f/4 L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro
  • Canon RF 35mm f/1.2 L USM
  • Canon RF 100mm f/2.8 L Macro IS USM
  • Canon RF 135mm f/1.4 L USM
  • Canon RF 100-400mm f/5.6-7.1 IS USM
  • Canon RF 400mm f/2.8 L IS USM
  • Canon RF 500mm f/4 L IS USM
  • Canon RF 600mm f/4 L IS USM
  • Canon RF 800mm f/5.6 L IS USM
  • Canon RF 1200mm f/8 L IS USM

The 35mm f/1.2 lens looks interesting and will be greatly anticipated without a doubt, more so perhaps than the 135mm f/1.4.

I also can’t help but wonder what the differentiation between the recently released 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 and 100-400mm f/5.6-7.1 lenses is going to be, other than a smallish difference in size and a bigger one, presumably, in price.

I’m a little surprised that the 1200mm f/8 lens is designated L after the recent 800mm f/11 lens. Perhaps it’s partly to justify the inevitably high price of the lens, although improving on the optical performance of the 800mm lens should be child’s play, based on samples that I’ve seen (but there also seem to now be some production samples in the wild that are better than the pre-production versions used for sample images – time will tell which is the dominant trend among production samples).

And finally, I can’t avoid remarking that these recent releases should be seen with a view to the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, especially the longer lenses.

Photo by Anthony


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