Canon Releases New RF Telephoto and Portrait Lenses

Canon has just announced two new lenses for its RF-mount mirrorless system – the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM, and the RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM.

Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM

Leading the announcement is the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM, a versatile yet compact zoom aimed at all types of photographers. Offering 10x zoom, the focal length starts at a wide 24mm, capable of capturing sweeping landscapes and groups of people. Going up to 240mm, the lens is also ideal for alluring portraits or wildlife close-ups.

Despite the extensive zoom range, Canon confirms that the lens will maintain excellent image quality at longer focal lengths, thanks to built-in stabilisation. It is the first full-frame lens with Canon’s Dynamic Image Stabilisation, providing stability even at extremely low shutter speeds. This is useful in low light situations when shooting handheld, providing five-stops of stabilisation.

Featuring built in Nano USM autofocusing, the lens is near-silent when in operation whilst remaining fast for stills and smooth for video. This is combined with the ‘world’s fastest autofocus system’ of the EOS R body. If you’d rather use manual focus, then a precision focus ring is also on offer.

With a seven-bladed, circular aperture, smooth and natural bokeh is easily created. This is combined with a clickless 1/8-stop aperture control, so you can change during shooting. Aspheric and ultra-dispersal lens elements help prevent aberration and ghosting, whilst a Super Spectra coating protects the lens from damage.

Weighing just 750g, the 24-240mm is a portable and lightweight option for those looking to take their cameras abroad or on long shoots.

Priced at £899.99, the Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM will be available from September 2019.

Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM Lens

Also announced is the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 L USM, touted as the fastest ever prime portrait lens for the R system, as well as offering Canon’s highest resolution yet.

This resolution is made possible by Canon’s unique BR optic technology, existing in only this lens and the EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM. This effectively corrects axial chromatic aberration that cannot be fully corrected using a traditional combination of glass lenses. Resolution and sharpness is further improved thanks to the aspherical and UD lens elements.

Wielding an extremely low aperture of f/1.2, the lens is one of Canon’s fastest ever performers when coupled with the Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus of the R system. Offering shallow depth of field, maximum bokeh and background separation at f/1.2, a nine-aperture blade system helps make this lens ideal for portraiture. The low aperture also allows much more light to enter the lens when shooting in difficult lighting conditions – transmitting 50 percent more light than an f/1.4 lens.

USM technology allows for smooth, near-silent autofocusing, whist a full-time manual focus ring can be used without needing to switch to MF mode. Designed for outdoor shoots, the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM is also weatherproofed and sealed to protect from the elements.

Priced at £2,799.99, the RF 85mm f/1.2L USM is available now.

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Ed Carr is a Yorkshire-born landscape photographer and nature writer. Having spent his youth in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, he takes any opportunity to don his hiking boots and head out, camera in hand. When not out taking pictures or hastily scribbling down his thoughts, Ed’s halfway up a hill out chasing after his dog, Hendrix.

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