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Canon launches 2 groundbreaking additions to the RF line of lenses

The new Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM lens. (Source: Canon)
The new Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM lens. (Source: Canon)
The Canon RF lens series has now added its 9th and 10th members, in the form of the 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and 85mm F1.2L USM DS products respectively. The former is described as the most compact device in its class, whereas the latter debuts the novel feature of Defocus Smoothing. The OEM asserts that either would be an asset to those with EOS R or RP cameras.
Deirdre O Donnell,

Canon has announced the 2 latest additions to its RF lens offerings. The 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM, like many in its category, may be best suited to wildlife photography or other forms of high-speed capture. However, it is also set apart by its relatively refined form factor. The OEM asserts that it is 28% lighter than the most comparable EF 70-200mm lens, while being 27% shorter as well.

The new RF 70-200mm F2.8L lens is kitted out with 2 "Nano" ultrasonic motors (USMs), which, as Canon asserts, enhances autofocus in the new device's video and photography applications. It comprises 17 lens elements sorted into 13 groups, including 2 aspherical lenses, 4 ultra-low dispersion (UD) lenses and 1 super-UD component, so as to enhance chromatic enhancement. The 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM also features an adjustable control ring, which allows the user to fine-tune settings such as aperture, exposure compensation, ISO or shutter speed. 

The RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS is the first lens to feature Canon's Defocus Smoothing spec. It is a new coating designed to enhance bokeh effects, which may boost portrait photography completed using this product. This lens is also rated to focus across as close up as 2.79 feet (or 0.85 meters).

It also has aspheric and UD lenses, albeit only one of each; however, this new 85mm attachment adds Blue Spectrum Refractive (BR) optics to manage chromatic abnormailities. This accessory also has a movable control ring, as well as an Air Sphere Coating in order to reduce lens flare or ghosting.

The Canon RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM will be released in late November 2019, whereas the 85mm F1.2L USM DS will go on sale about a month after that. Currently, the 2 new lenses have approximate retail prices of US$2,699.00 and $2,999.00 respectively.

The new Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS. (Source: Canon)
The new Canon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS. (Source: Canon)


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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 5122 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-10-27 (Update: 2019-10-27)