Canon shoots new products like a cannon (intentional pun) - we barely saw two new cameras , and now two very important lenses for full-frame mirrorless cameras are added to the company's equipment portfolio.
When Canon EOS R and EOS RP appeared on the market, along with them excellent, but quite ... niche slides entered the store shelves. Let's take a 28-70 mm f / 2.0 - it costs over 12 thousand PLN, weighs about half a ton, and although the picture comes out wonderful, the dimensions themselves have the right to deter.
In the portfolio of Canon RF lenses, there was a lot lacking in the reporter's "holy trinity" - f / 2.8 constant light zooms covering the focal range from wide angle to telephoto. It is changing now.
These are the Canon RF 15-35 mm f / 2.8 and Canon RF 24-70 mm f / 2.8
Or rather RF 15-35 f / 2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70 f / 2.8L IS USM, because that is the full name of the new Canon reporter glasses that are just coming to the shelves. Together with the upcoming, miniature 70-200 f / 2.8L IS USM they will finally give photographers a set of necessary glasses for real work.
Both new lenses are constructions from the "L" (luxury) series, so we can expect the quality of workmanship as high as in the classic "elk" for the EF-S mount. Both lenses are sealed and have a fluorine coating on the front and back, so they are not afraid of any conditions.
Of course, they are distinguished from the older "elek" by an additional control ring that allows you to change any settings that you choose in the camera menu. Both new glasses also have optical image stabilization (IS), which is supposed to offer fantastic shot stability in combination with digital image stabilization in full-frame mirrorless cameras of the company. Well, practice will show if this is enough to compensate photographers and filmmakers for the lack of five-axis matrix stabilization that every Canon rival has ...
The new 15-35 mm f / 2.8L and 24-70 mm f / 2.8L work based on the improved Nano USM focusing mechanism, so you can count not only on reliable sharpening, but also on quiet and smooth autofocus - both in photography as well as in video.
Interestingly, the 15-35 mm f / 2.8L lens offers a minimum focusing distance of just 0.28 cm, which should allow for creative shots using a wide angle and close distance to the photographed object.
Along with the new lenses, Canon EOS R and EOS RP bodies will also receive a software update that will allow to fully exploit the potential of lenses together with camera-enclosed technologies - the same update also increases the efficiency of Eye-AF and tracking objects in AF Servo mode. The update will reach users before the end of September.
It won't be cheap.
Unfortunately, just like in the case of Nikon Z mirrorless lenses or Sony G-Master professional lenses, it is not cheap in the case of new Canon lenses.
We will pay over 11,000 for Canon RF 15-35 mm f / 2.8L USB and Canon RF 24-70 mm f / 2.8L IS USM lenses. zł. This is a lot, if not prohibitively for photography enthusiasts.
The more that if you want to wear sun visors with these lenses, you must ... buy them separately. 309 zlotys each. For a piece of plastic. WTF, Canon? With a lens of this class, the sun visor belongs like a bowl of water. And no argument that "most do not use them anyway" does not matter.
Professionals, in fact, have two options - either put money on the table and buy native glasses for the RF bayonet, or use gradually cheaper glasses under the EF-S bayonet and adapter.
I bet that with such a high price of new RF lenses, the latter option will be much more realistic for many people, especially since for Canon's SLR system we can find excellent replacements from Sigma or Tamron, which are not available under Canon RF bayonet (and it is not known, will they be).
Nevertheless, looking at how great quality the current Canon RF L glasses offer, the new 15-35 mm and 24-70 f / 2.8 mm may be constructions far exceeding the capabilities of older lenses. We will see this only when the slides reach us for testing.
Canon's mirrorless cameras have their "holy trinity". Here are the new 15-35 mm and 24-70 mm f / 2.8 lenses