Canon Announces the Development of 6 New RF Lenses

Canon has announced the development of six upcoming RF mirrorless lenses: two 85mm lenses, a 24-70mm f/2.8L IS, a 15-35mm f/2.8L IS, a 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, and a 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS.

“All six RF lenses under development are built around Canon’s new RF mount, which features a large 54mm diameter and shorter back focus distance than on current EOS DSLR cameras,” Canon says. “In addition, the RF mount enhances communication and power transmission between the lens and camera body, which has helped Canon to achieve the world’s fastest autofocus speed for a full-frame mirrorless camera system.”

Here’s a look at each of the six lenses and Canon’s descriptions of them:

RF 85mm F1.2 L USM

“The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM is a large aperture mid-telephoto prime lens. It offers excellent performance for advanced and professional portrait photographers and is a widely popular focal length and aperture speed combination for users.”

RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS

“The RF 85mm F1.2 L USM DS, with Defocus Smoothing lens technology, is a uniquely designed lens that offers a combination of beautifully smooth defocused bokeh. Featuring a super-fast F1.2 aperture, the lens will help produce breathtaking portraits that will surely stand out from the crowd.”

RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM

“The RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM is a high-performance, standard zoom lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts alike – ideal for shooting portraits, landscapes, documentaries or weddings.”

RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM

“The RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, offering a wide angle and fast aperture in a single package, is ideal for a variety of shooting applications including architecture, interiors or landscapes.”

RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM

“The RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM is a must-have for any professional photographer, especially for those shooting weddings, sports or wildlife. This lens is a great all-around, high-speed, medium telephoto zoom lens and does well to round out any camera bag.”

RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM

“The RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM is the ideal lens for amateurs and advanced amateurs who love to travel, no matter the destination. The versatile, all-purpose lens offers a range of focal lengths for capturing extraordinary shots in a form factor that is both compact and lightweight.”


Canon hasn’t revealed pricing information for these lenses, but the company is aiming to have them all launched by the end of 2019.