Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Teardown (complex beast with organized complexity)

Canon RF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS Review

Roger Cicala over at Lens Rentals tore down the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens for the EOS R full frame mirrorless system. This is the stuff nerd dreams are made off.

It seems Canon was (again) able to impress people with their completely new lens design. There have been discussions and speculations about Canon RF lenses compared to Canon EF lenses (have a look here). Once more the people at Lens Rentals prove that RF mount lenses have an entirely new design, and are in every meaning impressive.

The Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L is a complex beast, but you get a quick feel for it being organized complexity, and it’s actually a much simpler layout than those other lenses. Some of that is from the improved optical design; there’s less glass floating around. Some of it is the use of linear focusing motors.

[…] This lens was a new design from the ground up. There’s no ‘that’s the way we’ve always done it’ holdovers. That’s a lot more work for the designers, but the result is a beautifully engineered, fully modern lens. It’s clean, functional, and straightforward.

[…] It’s obviously very robustly engineered from a mechanical standpoint. The internal composites are strong as hell. There are double cams, rods, and posts everywhere. There’s no play in any moving parts. We can’t imagine there will ever be play in the moving parts unless you run over it with a truck. 

See the whole teardown at Lens Rentals.

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Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS Review Samples (a modern marvel, DPReview)

Canon RF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS Review

This is the first time I guess, I read a reviewer calling a lens a “modern marvel”. Has to be a pretty cool piece of gear.

DPReview posted their Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS review sample photo gallery. The Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens is for the Canon EOS R full frame mirrorless system.

They say:

[the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS] capabilities combined with its small size make it nothing short of a modern marvel

Unfortunately the modern marvel comes with a hefty price, $2,699.

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Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and RF 85mm f/1.2L DS Officially Announced

Canon RF 70-200mm F/2.8L IS

Known to come since long, here is the official announcement of the Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and RF 85mm f/1.2L DS lenses for the Canon EOS R system.

The RF 85mm f/1.2L DS features a new optical technology named Defocus Smoothing, see here how it works.

The Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS and RF 85mm f/1.2L DS lenses are scheduled to be available late November 2019 and December 2019, respectively for an estimated retail price of $2,699 and $2,999 respectively. Preorders are open:

Canon press release:

The RF Family Grows By Two: Canon RF 70-200MM F2.8L IS USM Lens Is The World’s Shortest And Lightest Lens In Its Class And RF 85MM F1.2L USM DS Is The First Lens To Feature Defocus Smoothing

New RF L-Series Lenses Aim to Provide Impeccable Performance, Handling and Unique Features to Photographers Shooting with EOS R and EOS RP Cameras

MELVILLE, NY, October 24, 2019 – Completing the “trinity” of RF lenses for the EOS R Full-Frame mirrorless camera system, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM telephoto lens. Additionally, the company also announced its first lens to feature Defocus Smoothing lens coating, the Canon RF 85 F1.2L DS. The ninth and tenth lenses in the RF family are both powerful tools for photographers using the EOS R or EOS RP cameras, in particular, those shooting sports or wildlife photography with the RF 70-200mm F2.8L or portrait photography with the RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS. 

Short and Light With All The Might: Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM

The new lens features a large and bright f/2.8 aperture, which, along with the 70-200mm focal zoom ranges, presents an ideal workhorse lens for professional and amateur photographers shooting sports, wildlife, wedding and event action. The new RF lens is 27 percent shorter and 28 percent lighter than its EF counterparti with a large portion of the lens element arrangement closer to the camera body. This arrangement is designed to provide photographers with a more balanced feel and experience even at telephoto end of the zoom range. Additionally, the shorter and lighter design allows the lens to be more easily stowed away in a camera bag when not in-use.

A first for Canon lenses, the new RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM features two Nano USM motors providing an even greater level of high-speed autofocus for still image shooting and quiet and smooth autofocus for video shooting. The lens also incorporates a floating focus control, another Canon first, that drives the two lens groups individually while using the two aforementioned Nano USM motors. The floating focus lens element shortens focusing distance and help reduce breathing, providing users with fast, consistent and reliable performance. 

Additional Features of The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8 L IS USM Include: 

  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • 17 lens elements in 13 groups including two aspherical lenses, one super UD lens and four UD lenses, that help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • CIPA standard five stops of image stabilization (IS) including three IS modes with dual-sensing and combination IS
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Subwavelength Structure Coating (SWC) helps minimize lens flare and ghosting

Teaching an Old Dog a New Trick: Canon 85mm F1.2L USM DS

Canon has a rich history spanning over 40 years of producing 85mm lenses with f/1.2 apertures, and the new Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS is no different, or is it? The lens ushers in a new lens coating from Canon, Defocus Smoothingii, designed to enhance the appearance of bokeh in the images captured with the lens. DS coating is a vapor-deposited coating technology that is applied to the front and rear surfaces of a specific lens element inside the lens. The coating allows 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. 

In addition, the new lens features a bright f/1.2 aperture which, along with the 85mm focal length, encompasses an ideal lens for portrait photographers. 85mm is often the preferred focal length selected by photographers when shooting portraits because it provides an appropriate depth and perspective of the subject relative to the background, helping to capture high-quality imagery with beautiful and desirable bokeh. The focal length also allows for the photographer and subject to maintain optimum distance apart to support strong communication, while not being too close.

Additional Features of The Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS Include:

  • Minimum focusing distance of 2.79 feet/0.85 meters
  • Customizable control ring that allows photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO
  • One Aspheric lens and one UD Lens, along with BR optics that help to reduce chromatic aberration
  • 12-pin communication system
  • L-Series dust and weather resistant build with fluorine coating
  • Air Sphere Coating (ASC) that helps minimize lens flare and ghosting
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Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS and RF 85mm f/1.2 DS Ship In November And December, Respectively

Canon RF 70-200mm

The upcoming Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 IS and Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 DS lenses will start shipping soon after the announcement.

The Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8 will start shipping November 21, 2019, the Canon RF 85mm f/1.2 DS in December 2019, according to Nokishita.

Both lenses are expected to be announced this week, or not later than next week. Specifications and images have already leaked.

RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS

  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 13 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.7m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.23 times
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Filter diameter: 77mm
  • Size: φ89.9mm × 146mm
  • Weight: 1070g (excluding tripod seat)
  • Camera shake correction effect: 5 steps

RF 85mm f/1.2L DS

  • Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups
  • Minimum focusing distance: 0.85m
  • Maximum shooting magnification: 0.12 times
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 9
  • Filter diameter: 82mm
  • Size: φ103.2mmx117.3mm
  • Weight: 1195g

Stay tuned.

Deal: Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS, Slik Pro II Tripod, 32GB Card, Cleaning Kit – $899 (reg. $1199)

Canon EF 70-200mm

Adorama has the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS lens on sale at $899. Compare at $1,199. Along with the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS you get these free items:

  1. Slik Pro II 4-section Aluminum Tripod with BallHead, Gunmetal
  2. ProOPTIC Complete Optics Care and Cleaning Kit
  3. Lexar 32GB Professional Class 10 UHS-I U1 633x SDHC Memory Card

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  4. Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens for $199
  5. Peak Design super light travel tripod

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