Canon RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM & RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM

Canon has launched of the RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM.

These two new lenses, along with the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM which is due to launch later this year, make up Canon’s F2.8L ‘trinity’ series for the RF mount.

Following the development announcement of six RF lenses in February and the recently launched RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM, the RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM are the third and fourth RF lenses to be introduced by Canon in 2019. Launching later this year are the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM and RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS– the last two of six RF lenses.

RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM

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Key features

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Constant f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Three Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements

The Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM is a versatile wide-angle to portrait-length lens with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture. The optical design incorporates a series of aspherical and Ultra-Low Dispersion elements, which greatly reduce a variety of aberrations throughout the zoom range in order to produce sharp and clear imagery. An Air Sphere Coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting when working in strong lighting conditions.

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The Nano USM focus system is claimed to deliver fast, nearly silent autofocus performance with full-time manual focus override. An Image Stabilizer also compensates for up to five stops of camera shake to help produce sharper handheld shots in difficult lighting conditions. A unique Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself. Additionally, this 24-70mm is weather-sealed and has a fluorine coating to protect the front and rear elements.

The Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM will retail for $2,299.00 USD.

RF 15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM

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Key features

  • RF-Mount Lens/Full-Frame Format
  • Constant f/2.8 Maximum Aperture
  • Three Aspherical Elements
  • Two Ultra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Air-Sphere and Fluorine Coating
  • Nano USM AF System
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Customizable Control Ring
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm

Covering a versatile wide-angle focal length range, the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM features a bright f/2.8 constant maximum aperture. The range of wide focal lengths suits working in a variety of situations, from landscape to documentary shooting.

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The zoom features an advanced optical design that is claimed to greatly reduce color fringing and distortion for high clarity and sharpness. An Air-Sphere coating has also been applied to reduce flare and ghosting for improved contrast and color fidelity when working in bright conditions.

Complementing the imaging capabilities is an apt Nano USM focus system, which delivers fast, nearly silent autofocus performance with full-time manual focus override. An Image Stabilizer also compensates for up to five stops of camera shake to help produce sharper handheld shots in difficult lighting conditions. A unique Control Ring is also integrated into the lens design for intuitive control over exposure settings from the lens itself. Additionally, this 15-35mm is weather-sealed and has a fluorine coating to protect the front and rear elements.

The Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM will retail for $2,299.00 USD.

First wide angle L series lenses to feature Canon’s 5-stop Image Stabilizer

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The lenses are the first wide angle L series lenses to feature Canon’s 5-stop Image Stabilizer, based on Canon’s innovative technology pioneered in the EF lens range. The Dual sensing IS and Combination IS improves the IS shake detection capabilities of the lens as well as automatically detecting when used on a tripod to turn off the IS system.

The RF 15-35mm F2.8L IS USM and the RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM are Canon’s first fast aperture zoom lenses to include Nano USM technology. Originally introduced in the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Nano USM lenses use a motor system that delivers high speed focusing for photography, as well as continuous smooth, virtually silent focusing for video recording – making these lenses an essential tool for videographers also using the EOS R System as unnecessary focus sounds aren’t recorded during shooting. The RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM, like the RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM, features a focus breathing suppression system which prevents the angle of view changing when focusing – producing a natural look when focusing during filming.

Firmware update

EOS RP Body Only

To complement the introduction of these lenses, Canon is releasing firmware updates for the EOS R and EOS RP which further enhances the eye detection AF performance of both mirrorless cameras.  The update enables the camera to detect and focus on the eyes of subjects at much great distances compared to the previous firmware, as well as offering faster acquisition and improved accuracy and tracking. In addition to this, listening to Canon’s customer feedback, firmware engineers have simplified the AF Eye Tracking indicators and improved the indicators refresh rate on both the EOS R and EOS RP making it much easier for professionals and enthusiasts to following the action and keep shooting with confidence. The update will be available for public download before the end of September. 

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