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Canon launches four new RF lenses

Beef up your RF glass with these new offerings from Canon…

Hot on the heels from the announcement of the R5 and R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras, Canon has also brought no less than four new RF lenses (plus two extenders) to the market as well, massively extending the amount of optical choice for photographers using the EOS R bodies.

The first lens to join the RF range is the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM – a compact and travel-friendly L-series telephoto zoom lens that boasts a large focal length range, 5-stop IS (Image Stabilisation), fast Dual Nano USMs, weather-sealing and a Lens Control Ring for enhanced operation. Sure to peak the interest of wildlife, sports and aviation photographers who want to extend their focal range without being weighed down, the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1L IS USM will be available from September and will cost $2,699/ £2,899.

Next up are two prime telephoto lenses that will drastically extend your focal range. Say hello to the RF 600mm F11 IS STM and RF 800mm F11 IS STM. Canon explains the pair are the ‘world’s lightest autofocus lenses including a focal length of 600mm and 800mm’ and each of the lenses are equipped with an optical Image Stabiliser and also support Dual Pixel AF.

Check out the new RF 600mm and 800mm F11 IS lenses…

Canon says the lenses are suitable for video use too and include features like a Lens Control Ring and retractable barrel structure. Available from the end of July, the RF 600mm and 800mm F11 will cost $699/£749 and $899/£979 respectively.

The next lens breaking cover will be of huge interest to portrait photographers and is the RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM. Offering 5-stops of Image Stabilisation (or 8-stops when using EOS R5/EOS R6) the lens features a 1:2 magnification ratio, capturing images at 50% life-size. The lens features Canon’s STM motor, making autofocus quick and also suitable for video use. With a fast f/2 maximum aperture, the 85mm is also lightweight, tipping the scales at just 500g. Available from October, the RF 85mm F2 MACRO IS STM will cost $599.99/£649.

Along with the four RF lenses, Canon also introduced two extenders to the RF line up. As the names suggest, the RF 1.4x and RF 2x increase the focal length of a lens by 1.4 or 2x, gifting photographers precious extra focal length while being a small and lightweight accessory. For example, the new 800mm F11 lens transforms into a 1120mm lens when paired with the 1.4x extender and when connected to the 2x extender, switches up to 1600mm. Available from the end of July, the RF 1.4x will cost $499.99/£559, while the RF 2x will cost $599.99/£699.