Canon Introduces Three New Lenses, Enhancing Still Photography and Video Production for Any Skill Level
MELVILLE, NY, November 2, 2023 – Photographers aiming to get a powerful, ultra-wide angle shot, or looking for a superb zoom range, can improve their images with three new lenses announced today by Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. The RF-S10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM, the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z, and the RF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM lenses can benefit a wide range of users — from beginners all the way to working professionals.
The RF-S10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens offers users of APS-C sensor size EOS R-series cameras an ultra wide-angle zoom, helping create strong still images and video. It is an ideal lens for vloggers, travelers, and general shooters. Beginners in video and still photography can make good use of this lens, as well as the more advanced pros. Key features include:
10–18mm ultra-wide zoom (equivalent to 16-29mm on full-frame camera).
Image Stabilization, for even greater hand-held sharpness and video steadiness.
Compact and lightweight design, making it an excellent choice for travel.
A new optical design, optimized for RF lens mount and APS-C sensor size.
An affordable price tag for those just stepping into ultra-wide video and still imaging.
Still and video professionals who want a single lens that can handle most tasks with low-light capabilities will find what they’re looking for with the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z. This is the world’s first 24-105mm focal length lens combined with consistent f/2.8 maximum aperture,1 offering true portrait-length telephoto coverage resulting in sharp images. High-end photographers, photojournalists, and video content creators can utilize this lens’ other features that include:
Constant overall length when zooming.
Manual aperture ring for video use.
Optimized optics for high-level video.
A new Power Zoom Adapter will also be available for the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z lens, an optional accessory for super-smooth zooming during video operation. This detachable device allows for more natural movement when zooming in and out, and easier control for solo camera operators. A standard version of the Power Zoom Adapter will be available, as well as a 20-pin port version to support zoom and focus demands. The firmware updates that will be available in early December for the EOS C70 and EOS R5 C cameras will add support for the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z lens. For more information on the new firmware updates, please visit here .
Last, but not least — nature, wildlife, and outdoor sports shooters will find the RF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM super telephoto zoom lens a great tool to take crystal-clear images of action at a distance. This lens is lightweight and easy to hold in your hand, allowing most users to carry it to help capture a range of subjects, whether it’s a still image of a landscape, or video of a moving target. Unique features of the RF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM lens also include:
Up to 800mm focal length.
Up to 5.5 stops image stabilization.
Compatible with optional Canon RF 1.4x and 2x tele extenders.
Rotating tripod mount.
Price & Availability
The RF-S10-18mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM, the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z, and the RF200-800mm F6.3-9 IS USM lenses are expected to be available in December for estimated retail prices of $329.99, $2,999.00, and $1,899.00, respectively2. The two versions of the Power Zoom Adapter for the RF24-105mm F2.8 L IS USM Z will be available Spring 2024 for an estimated retail price of $999.99, and $1,299.002 for the version with the 20-pin port. For more information, please visit usa.canon.com.
It seems Canon is set to announce a new inexpensive telephoto lens, the Canon RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS.
This is going to be a non-L lens, i.e. a consumer lens. Despite that, it is rumored that the lens will come with white painting, usually reserved for Canon’s top tier telephoto lenses. And there is more: the lens is rumored to feature DO elements (diffractive optics). Given that we are talking about a non-L lens, that seems to be a bit of a stretch. Pricing of the RF 200-800mm f/6.3-9 IS is rumored to be above $2000, although not by much.
Here is a new Canon patent application: two super telephoto zooms for the RF mount.
Canon patent application 2023135180 (Japan, published 9/28/2023) discusses optical formulas for two super telephoto zoom lenses for the RF mount:
200-1000mm F5.6-11 IS
200-800mm F5.6-8 IS
From the patent literature:
To obtain a zoom lens whose entire system is compact and whose optical performance is suppressed from deteriorating due to focusing.
As an imaging optical system, a telephoto zoom lens having a long focal length at the telephoto end is known. (Patent Document 1) Such a zoom lens is required to be small, yet easy to perform high-speed focusing, and to suppress deterioration of optical performance due to focusing.
However, the zoom lens disclosed in Patent Document 1 has a large number of lenses in the fourth lens group, which is a focus group, and also has relatively strong refractive power. Therefore, it is difficult to simultaneously increase the speed of focusing and suppress deterioration in optical performance due to focusing.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
Therefore, an object of the present invention is to provide a zoom lens whose entire system is small in size and whose optical performance is suppressed from deteriorating due to focusing, and an imaging device having the zoom lens.