Canon have given us a hint of what’s to come for the RF lens system in the coming year or two, stating that 7 lenses are planned for 2020. The roadmap is a little bit vague compared to some lens roadmaps we have seen from other brands. However, I think anyone is happy to hear whatever information there is about upcoming Canon RF lenses so I’ll share it just as I have done with other brands. At least with Canon’s roadmap we do get some official lens photos to drool over.
Note: If you want to view a list of all current Canon RF lenses and their specifications, I have created a database here.
Lenses we know are confirmed for 2020:
- Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS
- Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM (0.5xmacro) (now available)
- Canon RF 1.4x Extender
- Canon RF 2.0x Extender
- 3 Additional RF lenses (at least – see below)
Strongly Rumoured Lenses for 2020 Via Nokishita
- Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM
- Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
- Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
- Canon RF 600mm f/11 DO IS STM
- Canon RF 800mm f/11 DO IS STM
These rumoured lenses come from a very reliable source so I would count them as 99% certain to come to market. The RF 70-200 f/4 L IS lens is an exciting prospect given how small they were able to make the f/2.8 version. And then we have the 600mm and 800mm f/11 lenses… I’m not really sure what to say about these. There is nothing like them on the market! An f/11 lens is incredibly slow and really won’t allow enough light to be gathered for wildlife photography at the times of day when you would actually want to be shooting. I’m having a hard time understanding these lenses unless they are incredibly cheap. It is probably the strangest lens configuration I have ever heard of, and it seems absolutely crazy to me at the moment!