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Canon to flesh out RF lens line

Canon has announced plans to release six RF lenses this year, ramping the lens line-up to 10 for its EOS R mirrorless full-frame cameras.

The lenses consist of a RF 85mm F1.2L USM mid-telephoto prime, RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS (Defocus Smoothing) mid-telephoto prime, RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM standard zoom lens, RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM wide-angle lens, RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM telephoto zoom, and RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM all-rounder.

While Canon offers an adapter to marry RF-mount cameras with EF lenses, the new mirrorless designed gear is declared as taking the ‘existing EOS System to new heights, offering even greater levels of performance, lens design possibilities and creative flexibility’.

This is attributed to allowing large lens elements to be placed as near as possible to the sensor, allowing light to hit it straight on. Additionally, the RF mount’s short back focus and 54mm mount diameter allows designers to have ‘unprecedented freedom’ to achieve ‘the world’s fastest autofocus speed for a full frame mirrorless camera system’.

Here’s a description provided by Canon of each lens, slightly edited to remove the breathless hyperbole, and an accompanying photo.

The RF 85mm F1.2L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens for advanced and professional portrait photographers.

The RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing, is a high-performance lens, offering a combination of smooth foreground and background bokeh, and a super-fast aperture to produce portraits.

The RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentary or weddings. Offering a wide angle and fast aperture.

The RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM is ideal for a range of genres including architecture, interiors or landscapes.

The RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is ideal for any professional photographer shooting weddings, sport or wildlife. This lens is an all-round, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens.

The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is a travel companion – practical in both size and performance. It is a versatile all-purpose lens for the advanced amateur photographer or videographer, offering a range of focal lengths.

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