Canon may be facing worldwide inventory issues for its RF lenses, but it looks like the camera giant is planning to release two new ones for its mirrorless cameras soon – a wide-angle macro and an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens.
According to the trusted Canon Rumors (opens in new tab), the Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro and the RF 15-30mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM are on the way, but “may not be announced until October or November of this year.” This is a little longer than the site’s original claim that they would be announced “sometime in the next week or three”.
So what kind of lenses will they be? Fortunately for everyone’s bank accounts, they should be relatively affordable. This would particularly be the case with the RF 15-30mm, as it would be a relatively slow lens whose aperture is variable rather than remaining constant throughout its zoom range.
If so, that would make it substantially cheaper than the current RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM ($2,400 / £2,390 / AU £3,475), which is a professional L-series lens. should be more in line with a lens like the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM ($400 / £480 / AU$600). For those on a budget, these two lenses combine very well for landscapes and general photography.
The rumored Canon RF 24mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro would probably be a little more expensive, but not that much. The closest current offering in Canon’s lineup for its mirrorless cameras is the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS STM Macro ($450 / £530 / AU$679), so we can expect it to be around that mark or a little higher.
Like the current 35mm lens, Canon’s 24mm offering would likely offer close-up focus for macro fans – for example, the RF 35mm f/1.8 lets you focus on subjects up to 17cm. But it would also be a versatile lens that you could use for travel and street photography. If you’re a Canon fan and want some more affordable lenses, then both lenses will be worth looking into in the coming weeks.
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These two rumored lenses won’t thrill aficionado photographers who have budgets for more exotic, professional glass. But they’re much-needed affordable options that help broaden the appeal of Canon’s mirrorless cameras.
It’s no coincidence that Canon has just released two cameras relatively with APS-C sensors – you can read our first impressions of both in our hands-on review of the Canon EOS R7 and Canon EOS R10.
Want the short versions? Both are becoming two of the best cameras for hobbyists, and these lenses could be great companions for them, even if they aren’t expected to be RF-S lenses designed specifically for smaller APS-C sensors.
How much stock will be available for these lenses, and the rest of the RF lens lineup, is another matter. Like all camera makers and tech companies, Canon still suffers from supply chain issues. At its Canon UK store, for example, only 16 of its 26 RF lenses are listed as ‘in stock’.
Still, we’re hoping these issues will be alleviated as we head into 2023 – and at that point, it looks like Canon has also created a mirrorless photography lineup that finally caters to regular and professional photographers alike.
- Update 24/6: This story has been updated with information from a new Canon Rumors (opens in new tab) post, which said that “our assumption that they would be announced in the coming weeks may be incorrect”.