Canon’s full-frame mirrorless RF range of optics is gathering pace after the brand released two epic new lenses for use on the EOS R and the RP. Joining the existing EF lenses are the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM (a fast aperture telezoom) and the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS – an intriguing optic that’s not only perfect for portrait, but also boasts Canon’s Defocus Smoothing coating.
The 70-200mm also includes a customisable control ring that enables users to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO. The fast aperture will also help keep shutter speeds fast in low light conditions and the 17 lens elements in 13 groups build features weather/dust resistance so the lens can be used in harsh weather.
Expected to grab even more headlines is the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS, which uses a new Canon coating technology called Defocus Smoothing, which Canon explains is; ‘a vapour-deposited coating technology that is applied to the front and rear surfaces of a specific lens element inside the lens.’
The aim of this coating is to enhance the appearance of bokeh and works by ‘allowing off-axis flux to pass through the periphery of the lens that gradually decreases the transmittance of light, which results in images with beautifully blurred backgrounds.’
The RF 85mm features a minimum focusing distance of 85cm and also offers the premium weather/dust resistance like the 70-200mm lens. The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM is scheduled for shipping in November and will carry a price-tag of $2,699/£2,699, while the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS will follow in December and will cost $2,999/£2.799.